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Happy Birthday, Mr. President! New Books for Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial

--Terrell A. Young, Barbara A. Ward, and Deanna Day
Discusses 15 books published in 2007-09, "any one of which would make an excellent addition to a classroom collection."

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A Closer Look: The Representation of Slavery in the [em]Dear America[/em] Series

--T. Lee Williams
A critical review of four books from this popular juvenile historical fiction series, focusing on their depiction of the experience and institution of slavery in the United States.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery

--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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Artifacts Bring Grover Cleveland’s Presidency to Life in the First Grade

--Carol Macken
Children's literature is combined with "historical artifacts" to help children identify the roles and responsibilities of the president, and of G. Cleveland in particular, who was born in this town--Caldwell, Jew Jersey.

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Reflecting on the Great Black Migration by Creating a Newspaper

--Angela Hines
Students in third and fourth grade use historical fiction and primary source materials to create their own classroom newspaper about a historical era.

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Teaching About Elections During a Presidential Election Year

--Mary E. Haas, Barbara Hatcher, and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
Introducing young students to some of the main facets of a national election (past and present): What is an opinion survey? What is democracy? How do we learn about the candidates? Is the election fair? How are Votes cast and counted? What happens at a national debate? etc.

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The Bear is Still Singing: Creating Lyrics with Social Studies

--Thomas Turner
This article focuses on teachers or students "creating their own lyrics" as a method of teaching about history--or any social studies topic.

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The Klondike Gold Rush: Using Technology to Learn about History

--Edith G. Mayers
A unit of study "taught to fifth graders that infuses technology into student-centered activities." Students create a story map, time line, a "newspaper article," and an oral presentation.

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Fourth Grade Historians: A Thematic Approach to Immigration

--Elizabeth Egan Henry
A thematic approach to the topic of immigration challenges fourth grade students to develop their skills as historians.

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Bridging the Years: An Intergenerational History Project

--Rahima Wade, Diane Gardner, Paul Doro, and Sandy Arendt
Children often lack meaningful connections with the elderly. This article describes ideas for developing intergenerational activities to enrich the social studies curriculum.

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