Mrs. Mink Goes to Washington: The First Japanese American Member of Congress
Elyse Ledford, Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson, Alexander Ledford
Economic Thinking with Jon Klassen's Animal Hat Books
Jennifer Lynn Gallagher, Eibhlin Kelly
Economics is a discipline of social studies that helps us understand how to make choices given limited resources—an inquiry vital to personal and societal success in today's world. Introducing economic thinking at the elementary level can provide students early with knowledge and skills that transcend the classroom, preparing each child to fulfill many different types of economic citizenship, including the ability to make sound personal decisions, to participate in collective action, [and] to struggle against economic inequality.
In this article, we share an idea we created to purposefully integrate economic thinking into elementary curriculum by exploring the economic principles in a popular children's book series—books that many teachers are already using in class- rooms. We also provide examples from Ms. Holloman's fourth grade classroom in North Carolina— where our Animal Hats and Economics unit of study was first piloted.
Live It to Learn It: Making Elections Personally Meaningful
Margit E. McGuire, Karen Nicholson, Allan Rand
Veterans Day Then and Now: First Graders Learn from Primary Sources and Take Action
Michelle Bauml, Lisa May
Introducing patriotic holidays such as Veterans Day with historical photographs and other primary sources in classrooms can not only spark children's interest, but also promote critical thinking and historical comprehension.1 Meaningful, hands-on historical lessons can also motivate children to take informed action about issues they care about.We begin this article with a brief history of Veterans Day, followed by a description of two lessons in which first grade teacher and co-author Lisa May used historical photographs to introduce students to Veterans Day. Next, we describe a student-directed school-wide Veterans Day program that resulted from lessons that involved students in the analysis of primary sources. PreK-Elementary Civics/Government, US History