Here is a short list of best elementary school novels. Captivating and cross-curricular.
“Turning Pages: My Life Story” – by Sonia Sotomayor is a beautifully written and illustrated story. This truly inspirational biography is bound to capture imagination of all students. Sonia overcomes many challenges in life and becomes a 3rd women Supreme Court justice and a 1st Hispanic serving on the highest court.
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Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.
“The End of the Wild” middle school novel by Nicole Helget tells a wonderful story of family, poverty, resilience, conflicting ideas, and forgiveness. This beautifully written story is definitely going to be a must read for years to come. I would be surprised if “The End of the Wild” doesn’t get the Newbery Medal. A must read.
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Lately, there has been a lot of criticism about social studies instruction. It is all well deserved. There is no excuse that we don’t do a better job teaching history to help students build background knowledge and relate the past to the present. Without knowing the past, the present is disconnected. This is especially true when it comes to teaching the U.S. Constitution, textbooks teach it in isolation, when they teach it at all. Knowing that the Bill of Rights exists is great, but what good is it if students don’t understand why it is there or how does it apply and evolve in nation’s courts. One idea to start with would be to have American social studies textbooks written by our own curriculum writers. Teaching social studies with a goal of creating informed citizens instead of test takers.
This pack includes:
– the big ideas in the Constitution (limited government, checks and balances, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, etc.), the background history, comparison of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the purpose of the Constitution; the Bill of Rights and the use of amendments in everyday life, the differences between Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the roles of each branch of government, assessment, & answers.