Pre-K: Kindergarten: First Grade: Second Grade: Third Grade:
Fourth Grade: Fifth Grade: Sixth Grade: Seventh Grade: Eighth Grade:


Pre-K:

The Colors of Us
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Karen Katz (1999). Henry Holt and Company.
Illustrated by Henry Holt

A seven- year- old girl, named Lena is learning how to mix colors as she begins to paint a picture of herself, but unbeknownst to her there are many different shades of brown. It is through a walk in the neighborhood that Lena’s mother helps her discover these variations of the color brown through familiar faces. This simple yet powerful picture book is a beautiful introduction through which children can see how familiar faces. This simple yet powerful picture book is a beautiful introduction through which children can see how people are different, yet the same. This book serves as a useful tool for assisting young learners’ development and understanding of cultural diversity.

Grade: Pre-k
Theme: The Classroom Community
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 5. People belong to a number of groups and these groups have unique characteristics. Similarities among people are used to define groups.

The Colors of Us Reinforcing Activity

Kindergarten:


First Grade:

How I Learned Geography

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Uri Shulevitz (2008). Farrar Straus Giroux.

How I Learned Geography is a story based on the author's childhood memories. Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1935, Uri Shulevitz was a four year old witness of the September 1, 1939 Warsaw Blitz, Germany's occupation of Poland and the beginning of WWII. After the invasion, Shulevitz and his family moved to Turkestan (in what is now Kazakhstan) in Central Asia and, in 1947, migrated to Paris and then to Israel in 1949. While living in extreme poverty in Turkestan, Uri's father went to the village bazaar, one day, to buy bread with the little money the family had saved. Instead of buying food, his father returned withe a large colorful map. At first, Uri was disappointed that there was no food for the family's evening meal, but later he became fascinated by the map and all the places it could take him. While studying the map, he savored the exotic place names and created rhymes with them, and traveled the deserts, beaches, mountains, and cities of the world. Uri's illustrations in this book recreate memories of those places he visited with just a map and imagination.

Grade: 1
Theme: Families Now and Long Ago, Near and Far
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Maps can be used to locate and identify places.

How I Learned Geography Reinforcing Activity

Me on the Map

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Joan Sweeney, Annette Cable (1996). Crown Publishers
A child describes her place in the world starting with her room and going out to locate her house, town, state, country, and world using a map for each. Each two-page layout provides both a ground level and bird’s eye view of the area being “mapped.”

Grade: 1
Theme: Families Now and Long Ago
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Maps can be used to locate and identify places.

Me on the Map Reinforcing Activity

Mystery Bottle
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Kristen Balouch (2006). Hyperion Books.
Mystery Bottle is a story about boy who receives a package with a bottle inside. The bottle contained a wind that blew the little boy through towns, above mountains, and across the sea. The bottle takes the boy to the city where his father was born and there he meets his grandfather. They eat and talk before the grandfather takes the boy up to the tallest mountain and blows more air into the bottle. He tells him to visit whenever he wants. This book was based on the author’s husband, who was put on a plane as a boy to avoid a revolution in Iran. The illustrations in the book help the author to show the difference in cultures by showing different cities from an above view.

Grade: 1
Strand: Geography
Theme: Families Now and Long Ago, Near and Far
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: Maps can be used to locate and identify places.

Mystery Bottle Reinforcing Activity

Where Do I Live?
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Neil Chesanow (1995). Barron’s Educational Series.
This book begins in a child’s room, places it in a home, on a street, in a town, in a city, in a state, country, continent, and finally the planet Earth. The child is then drawn back to their home and starts to question about where they live in the world.
Grade: 1
Theme: Families Now and Long Ago, Near and Far
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 5. Places are distinctive because of their physical characteristics (landforms and bodies of water) and human characteristics (structures built by people).

Where Do I Live Reinforcing Activity

In Our Mothers' House
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Patricia Polacco (2009). Philomel

This book tells the story of a unique family. Marmee and Meema, two loving and committed mothers, adopt three children from around the world. Together they create a household full of laughter, joy, and countless family traditions. One family in their neighborhood does not accept their untraditional family arrangement, but Marmee and Meema, as well as all the other neighbors, teach the children that because they are different does not mean they are wrong.

Grade: 1
Theme: Families Now and Long Ago, Near and Far
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 7. Diverse cultural practices address basic human needs in various ways and may change over time.

In Our Mothers' House Reinforcing Activity


The Family Tree
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David McPhail (2012). Henry Holt.

This book begins, many years ago, with a man building a house. As he was chopping down the trees to help build his house, he decided that he was going to leave one tree alone, for shade. Over the next generation's, life changed, but the tree was left exactly where it was, unharmed. Finally, many generations after the original builder, the great-great grandson and his family were living at a house by the tree. The grandson found out that there were construction workers that were going to need to tear down the tree, so the little boy, by communicating with nature, saved the tree and, instead, the construction workers worked around the tree.

Grade: 1
Strand: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: Families interact with the physical environment differently in different times and places.

The Family Tree Reinforcing Activity

Second Grade:

A Giraffe Goes to Paris
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Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris (2010). Marshall Cavendish Children.
Illustrated by Jon Cannell.

This children’s picture book tells the story of a man named Atir who goes on the journey of delivering a present from the Great Pasha of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, to Charles X who was the king of France at the time. This present happened to be a giraffe, which no one in France had ever seen before. Atir and the Giraffe experience many different exciting people and events that occurred over the course of their journey to Paris. The book provides historical locations, people, and artifacts from Paris to give the children a historical background on Paris during the era the book was based during.

Grade: 2
Strand: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: Cultures develop in unique ways, in part through the influence of the physical environment.

A Giraffe Goes to Paris Reinforcing Activity

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
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Deborah Hopkinson, James Ransome (1993). Alfred A. Knopf.

Clara, who works as a seamstress in the Big House, dreams of the day when she and her mother can run away together—north to freedom. When Clara hears two slaves talking about how they could find the Underground Railroad if they only had a map, she sews a map of the land—a freedom quilt—that no master will ever suspect.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 5. Maps and their symbols can be interpreted to answer questions about location of places.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt Reinforcing Activity


A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

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Lynne Cherrry (1992) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

A wonderfully illustrated book which tells the history of the Nashua river (in what is now Massachusetts). Its illustrates the Native Americans' perspective on how to live with the river. An important message here is that people can work together to make a positive change, stressing a sense of efficacy.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. The work that people do is impacted by the distinctive human and physical charactertistics in the place where they live.

A River Ran Wild Reinforcing Activity


One World, One Day
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Barbara Kerley (2009). National Geographic Society.

Children’s days are similar in many ways around the world. They go to schools, play, and spend time with their families. This book illustrates different events in one day for children from around the world. These activities range from waking up in the morning to going to sleep at night. The emphasis is on embracing our commonalities, and in so doing, becoming more tolerant of our differences. Each photo can be discussed with similarities and differences compared to those found in the lives of the children with whom we use the book.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 8. Cultures develop in unique ways, in part through the influence of the physical environment.

One World, One Day Reinforcing Activity


P is for Passport: A World Alphabet

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Devin Scillian (2003). Sleeping Bear Press.

Celebrating the diversity in our world while cherishing our similarities, P is for Passport takes readers on a whirlwind tour of all the delights of the globe. From the everyday concerns of people everywhere for such things as bread and currency, to the wonders of our world such as deserts and volcanoes, P is for Passport offers a fascinating variety of topics and ideas to explore.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 8. Cultures develop in unique ways, in part through the influence of the physical environment.

P is for Passport Reinforcing Activity

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella
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Paul Fleischman (2007). Henry Holt and Company.
Illustrated by J. Paschkis.

The author drew from a variety of folk traditions, including images and texts, to put together a version of a Cinderella story. The writing blended various elements from Cinderella stories in twenty countries and places to create a tale full of culture-specific images and perspectives. The book illustrates the diversity in people’s lives yet continuously connected through our similarities and differences.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 9. Interactions among cultures lead to sharing ways of life.

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal Reinforcing Activity

Third Grade:

Adèle & Simon in America
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Barbara McClintock (2008). Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Adèle and her younger brother, Simon, visit their Aunt Cécile in New York. Their aunt takes them on a cross-country trip of early-twentieth-century United States, visiting cities like Boston all the way to San Francisco. In each city they visit, Simon somehow loses his belongings along the way. For every place that they visit, there is something new to be discovered; each city has different characteristics (transportation, agriculture, culture, population, landscape) that make it unique from one another. Stunning pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are filled with innumerable hidden treasures, and endpapers featuring a period train line map of America extend the fun.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Strand: Geography
Topic(s): Human Systems (1-3), Places and Regions (4)
Content Statement(s):
  1. Evidence of human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.
  2. Systems of transportation and communication move people, products and ideas from place to place.
  3. Communities may include diverse cultural groups.
  4. Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities.

Adèle & Simon in America Reinforcing Activity

Amelia Bedilia's First Vote
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Herman Parish (2012). Greenwillow Books.
Illustrated by Lynne Avril.

This book is about a girl name Amelia Bedelia. It starts off with Amelia taking the attendance to the office. While she’s running there, she bumps into the principal, Mr. K, and ends up talking about the school rules. Amelia tells Mr. K that they are having an election in their classroom, so Mr. K says that whatever her class votes on he will do in the school. The class came up with a list of ideas and then voted the next day. The vote comes down to a tie until an absentee ballot shows up. The class decides that Wednesdays will be homework free.

Strand: Government
Grade: 3
Topic: Rules and Systems of Government
Content Statement: Governments have authority to make and enforce laws.

Amelia Bedelia's First Vote Reinforcing Activity


Dear Mr. Rosenwald
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Carole Boston Weatherford (2006). Scholastic Press.
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

This book details real-life scenarios in which Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, donated money to African-American schools in the south in the 1920s. The money was donated through his foundation and required communities raise money and secure land for a school. The book details how the community worked together to raise money and build the school so that they were able to apply for a donation, and they eventually did. This story uses a children’s perspective to discuss the topics and is a good read for students, showing what a community is capable of when they work together.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 10. Individuals make the community by solving problems in a way that promotes the common good.

Dear Mr. Rosenwald Reinforcing Activity

Earth Matters
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D. de Rothschild, Consult. Ed. (2008). Dorling Kindersley Limited

This reference book is a 250-page encyclopedia with 10 sections. Opening with the Introduction, this section gives the historical overview of Earth. The next eight sections provide in-depth descriptions of the eight biomes. The conclusion is a section offering various suggestions to help Earth. The eight biomes included in this book are: Polar Regions, Temperate Forests, Deserts, Grasslands, Tropical Forests, Mountains, Freshwater, and Oceans. Written for students in grades 3-8, this book offers a great amount of easily understood and useful information illustrated with brilliant photographs and detailed drawings on every page.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes. Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.

Earth Matters Reinforcing Activity


Follow That Map: A First Book of Mapping Skills
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Scot Ritchie (2009). Kids Can Press

In Follow That Map a group of five diverse children search for their pets, a naughty dog and cat that have escaped from the backyard. Key mapping concepts are demonstrated and explained as the friends take an exciting trip through the neighborhood, city and country, around the world and into space.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes. Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.

Follow That Map Reinforcing Activity


Maps and Globes
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Jack Knowlton (1986). Harper Trophy.

This book introduces children to maps and globes providing a brief history of mapmaking and how to read maps and globes. The maps tell you about the world, where various countries are located and how to find your way around your home town.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes. Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid, and cardinal directions.

Maps and Globes Reinforcing Activity



Where in the World?: Around the Globe in Thirteen Works of Art

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Bob Raczka, (2007). Millbrook Press.

Paintings and photographs of places from around the world are displayed. Accompanying each picture is information about the artist and the area of the world represented in the art. This book provides an excellent avenue to integrate visual arts into the study of place and perspective.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes. Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.

Reinforcing Activity for Where In the World? Around The Globe in 13 Works of Art



Going to School in India
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Lisa Heydlauff (2005). Charlesbridge Pub.

Going to School in India is a non-fiction book using first-person narratives from children who attend school in various parts of India. Sections include "Getting to School," "types of schools in India (10 examples)," “'When I Grow Up …' narratives by Indian children", and “What is it like where you go to school?” invite U.S. students to compare/contrast their schooling experiences with those of children in India’s differing geographic areas.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 5. Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities.

Going to School in India Reinforcing Activity



Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
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C.A. Nivola (2008) Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This book tells the story of Wangari Maathai who left a verdant Kenya to attend college in the USA. Upon her return home she found the Kenyan landscape changed. Large scale tea plantations had replaced small subsistence farms. There had been rapid desertification. People were malnourished, underemployed and hungry. Initially Maathai taught village women how to plant and tend for seedlings, then she worked throughout the country “inspiring people to take charge of their environment, the system that governed them, their lives and their future” (author’s note). In 1977 she founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. She became a member of Parliament in 2002 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for connecting the health of the environment to the health of her country’s people. She was teaching people to demand for policies that protect the environment because conflict happens when resources are few.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 6. Evidence of human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.

Planting the Trees of Kenya Reinforcing Activity

Fourth Grade:


The Blessing Cup
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Polacco, P. (2013). Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco is a children’s picture book that focuses on a poor, Jewish family from Roynovka, Russia. The story takes place during the Russian Revolution when the Czar orders all Jews to leave Russia. The Czar’s soldiers force the family to flee their home, but the family makes sure not to leave their beloved china tea set behind. The family goes on a long journey to get to America using the blessings of their tea set to help them along the way. The family enters America with only one cup left from the tea set, which becomes known as the blessing cup. The blessing cup stays within the family and continues to be passed down from generation to generation. The cup is now owned by the most recent generation, Patricia Polacco herself.

Grade: 4
Strand: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 13. The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the cultural diversity of the United States.

Blessing Cup Reinforcing Activity

There’s a Map in My Lap! All about Maps
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Tish Rabe (2002). Random House Children’s Books
The Cat in the Hat introduces readers to maps including city, state, and world. The book includes the differences in between globes and atlases and provides information on the tools that are used to read maps, such as symbols, scales and compasses. Throughout the book there are fun facts about the places they visit.

Grade: 4
Theme: Ohio in the United States
Topic: Spacial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 9. A map scale and cardinal and intermediate directions can be used to describe the relative location of physical and human characteristics of Ohio and the United States.

There's a Map in My Lap! All about Maps Reinforcing Activity



Lanterns and Firecrackers - A Chinese New Year Story
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Johnny Zucker (2004). Frances Lincoln's Children's Books.
Illustrated by Jan Barger Cohen

A Chinese New Year Story follows a Chinese family that is preparing for their New Year celebration in this very simple, yet educational story. This family fills their home with flowers and sets off firecrackers in order to scare away any bad spirits from the past year that are hanging around. Friends and family sit around a table together for a large dinner before they go outside to watch a parade lined with dragon dancers. On its final night, they light colored lanterns. It’s a simply told look at the origins of the celebration.

Grade: 4
Theme:Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.

Lanterns and Firecrackers - A Chinese New Year Story Reinforcing Activity

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Settlement
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Susan Jeffers (1997) Dials Books
The stories of Brother Eagle, Sister Sky are actual words from Chief Settlement transcribed by Dr. Henry A. Smith during the 1850s. The story tells how the Native American people should see the land as their brothers, sisters, grandparents etc. The story reminds Native Americans that they do not own the land, the land owns them. The story goes on to talk about how white settlers have changed the land and have taken on the mentality that they own it. The story ends with a reminder that people should love and respect the land
Grade: 4Theme: Ohio in the United StatesTopic: Human SystemsContent Statement: 12. People have modified the environment since prehistoric times. There are both positive and negative consequences for modifying the environment in Ohio and the United States
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Reinforcing Activity


Our Earth
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Anne Rockwell (1998). Silver Whistle.

Have you ever wondered about the planets you live on? There are hot deserts, snowy mountains, steamy rain forests, and vast oceans. Plants, birds, fish, and many other animals live here together. Earth is their home and yours. Come along with Anne Rockwell on a breathtaking adventure to explore the geography of our home, planet earth.

Grade: 4
Theme: Ohio in the United States
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 12. People have modified the environment since prehistoric times. There are both positive and negative consequences for modifying the environment in Ohio and the United States.

Our Earth Reinforcing Activity

Fifth Grade:

A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark
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David A. Adler (2003). Holiday House.
Illustrated by Ronald Himler.

This book presents an introduction to the lives of Lewis and Clark and to the exploratory expedition they led from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. The book includes both the triumph and difficulty Lewis and Clark experienced along the way.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Strand: Geography
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).

A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark Reinforcing Activity



The Armadillo from Amarillo
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Lynne Cherry (1994) Voyager Books.

An armadillo name Sasparillo wonders how big the entire world is and where his place on earth and in the universe might be. He leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo, he meets an eagle and with her help he finds the answers to his questions.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).

The Armadillo from Amarillo Reinforcing Activity


Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton
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Phelan, Matt, Dorothy Duncan, and Richard Duncan (2013). Candlewick Press.

This graphic novel is set in the early 1900s in Muskegon Michigan. A boy named Henry Harrison is intrigued by the life of the vaudeville performers that come and visit his town each summer. Henry becomes good friends with a particular performer that is his age, named Buster Keaton. Throughout the story Henry discovers how Buster’s life is different than his own.

Grade: 5
Strand: Geography
Topic: Places and Regions. A place is a location having distinctive characteristics, which give it meaning and character and distinguish it from other locations. A region is an area with one or more common characteristics, which give it a measure of homogeneity and make it different from surrounding areas. Regions and places are human constructs.
Content Statement: Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities.

Bluffton Reinforcing Activity

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
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Marjorie Priceman (1994). Alfred Knopf Inc.
Since the market is closed and the reader wants to make an apple pie, you are led around the world to get what you need. From the jungles of Sri Lanka to the apple orchards of Vermont, the apple pie ingredients are collected and finally put together.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using data related to various criteria including landform, climate, population, and cultural and economic characteristics.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Reinforcing Activity



Letters From Felix: A Little Rabbit on a World Tour
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Annette Langen, Constanza Droop (1994). Abbeville Press
After Felix, Sophie's stuffed rabbit toy, disappears at the airport, Sophie starts receiving letters from him as he travels around the world. This first entry in the series sets the format -- Felix travels somewhere and sends back letters, which are enclosed in little envelopes glued into the book.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).

Letters From Felix: A Little Rabbit on a World Tour Reinforcing Activity


Mist Over The Mountains: Appalachia and Its People

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Raymond Bial. (1997). Houghton Mifflin Company.

This book illustrates the Appalachian culture and its people, landforms, ways of life, and origins. It lays out facts about the area to portray an accurate description of the Appalachian features rather than its stereotype. There are color pictures throughout the book showing the scenic areas, housing, people, work, religion, and crafts of the culture.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).

Mist Over The Mountains Reinforcing Activity


When I Was Young in the Mountains
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Cynthia Rylant (1982). Puffin Unicorn. Diane Goode, illustrator.
This book depicts the everyday happenings of the lives of an elderly Appalachian couple as seen through the eyes of their grand-daughter. Appalachian culture is presented from a very positive perspective and the concept of regions is reinforced.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g. landform, climate, population, cultural, or economic)

When I Was Young in the Mountains Reinforcing Activity



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Megan McDonald, Peter Catalanotto (1996). Orchard Books

This book takes the perspective of nine children from different locations. They will describe their homes to the reader. Each home has unique qualities, and reflects what the child’s culture is like; in addition to describing the possible geographic location in which the home is located. Each home has one special common bond—stars that shine overhead every night—so no matter where the child calls home they all ‘live under the same roof’: the sky.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).

My House Has Stars Reinforcing Activity


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Yoshio Komatsu (2004) Shelter Publications
This book explores different houses around the world. This book also has pictures that show what the houses can contain inside the household and who may live there. This book represents the culture of a group of people based on their house styles. It also explains the materials in which the houses are made, based on their climate and landforms.
Grade: 5Theme: Regions and People of the Western HemisphereTopic: Places and RegionsContent Statement: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).
Wonderful Houses Around the World Reinforcing Activity


Folks Call Me Appleseed John

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Written and Illustrated By Andrew Glass (1995). Doubleday Publishing

A story written from the perspective of Johnny Appleseed, all about the time his brother Nathaniel came to stay. Winter descends on the duo and John is forced to set out in quest of food. Will he return in time to save his hapless brother? The homespun, comical story is captured beautifully through the intricate oil paintings of the author.

Grade: 5
Theme: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 7. Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

Folks Call Me Reinforcing Activity



The Legend of Ohio
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Dandi Daley Mackall (2005). Sleeping Bear Press
Illustrated by Greg LaFever

Young Dikewamis and her family are forced to keep moving as the moving stone mountains creep closer and closer to their village, driving away the bison and deer, turning the waters to ice, and hardening the earth, making it impossible to grow food. Their Chief, Tarachiawagon, has had a vision in which he sees fingers of water in a bountiful land. Thus he calls his people to embark upon a journey. The long, arduous trip will test the faith of many, including Dikewamis, but ultimately, it will lead their people to a new land. They will call this land Ohio, named for the many rivers that cross itthe fingers of water Tarachiawagon saw in his dreams. Ohio means beautiful river, and today we know that it has more than 25,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 7. Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

The Legend of Ohio Reinforcing Activity


The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle
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Lynne Cherry (2004). Farrar, Straus and Giroux
This book follows the life cycle of the mangrove, from seedling to a tree, to a tangle of trees, to an island of trees, for over 100 years. Richly illustrated, this book stresses the interdependence found in a complex ecosystem and the value such systems have for other plants, animals, and humans. Maps of mangroves from around the world are included.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 7. Variations among physical environment within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle Reinforcing Activity


Dream Wolf
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Written and Illustrated by Paul Goble (1997). Aladdin Picture Books

Tiblo and Tanksi are picking berries with their families and decided to run-off into the mountains. As they travel further and further away, night falls. Through the night and their return to home, they are protected by an unlikely guardian. The story, illustrated by the colorful illustrations of Paul Goble, is based on the Sioux myth surrounding the tribe’s connection with the Wolf People.

Grade: 5
Theme: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 8. American Indians developed unique cultures with many different ways of life. American Indian tribes and nations can be classified into cultural groups based on geographic and cultural similarities.

Dream Wolf Reinforcing Activity

If America Were a Village
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David J. Smith (2009), Kids Can Press Ltd. Illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong

This book breaks down the United States into the size of a village so it can be more visual and the size can be more understood by people. It gives some very interesting facts about the United States and the people that live here.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 9. Political, environmental, social and economic cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the western hemisphere today.

If America Were a Village Activity Reinforcing


Molly's Pilgrim
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Barbara Cohen (1998). Bantam. Illustrated by Michael Deraney and Daniel Duffy.

Molly lives in the United States, and wants to return to Russia. The students in her school make fun of her because of her accent. She is given an assignment in class to make a pilgrim doll, but she has never heard of Thanksgiving. This is a story of how Molly teaches her classmates and teacher something new.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 9. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere today.

Molly's Pilgrim Reinforcing Activity

America Is...
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Louise Borden (2002). Margeret K. McElderry Books.
Illustrated by Stacy Schuett

This picture book describes many aspects of America in terms of physical features, regions, symbols, and people. By the book’s end, the text and beautiful illustrations help the reader more fully understand the complex and diverse characteristics that make up our nation.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian, and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.

America Is... Reinforcing Activity

Murals: Walls that Sing
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George Ancona. (2003). Cavendish Children's Books.

In this collection, renowned photo-journalist George Ancona provides a brief history of murals and a quick description of materials used to create them. From there, the works of single artists, school classes, and community groups, mainly in urban settings, are presented for interpretation. Ancona's photos explore diverse subjects that include religious/spiritual themes, historical and political contributions, dedications, celebrations, storytelling, and just plain fun. Ages 9-12.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.

Murals Walls that Sing Reinforcing Activity

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
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Kam Mak (2002). Harper Collins Publishers

Mak looks back at his childhood reminiscing about all of the sites, smells, and feels of Chinatown as he spends his first year in the United States after moving from Hong Kong. This book explores Mak's feelings as he writes four poems, one for each season.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems Reinforcing Activity

Talking Walls
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Margy Burns Knight (1992). Tilbury House, Publishers.
Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien

This book shows that walls can serve the function of memory; as well as barriers. In the process, young readers are introduced to the walls of different cultures. It celebrates the similarities and differences among the world’s people. For teachers, there is an additional guide for Talking Walls. The book provides ideas in geography, math, social studies, art, cooking, research projects, for several grades.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian, and African influences and interactions as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion, and food.

Talking Walls Reinforcing Activity


Two White Rabbits
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Jairo Buitrago (2015). Groundwood Books.
Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng.

A young girl and her father are on the move. The book itself does not reveal in the text that they are immigrants, but through the story and illustrations, it can be assumed that the father and daughter are leaving their Hispanic home to go to the US for the father to pursue better work opportunities to provide for his daughter. Two White Rabbits shows an experience of an innocent child and how she experiences immigration. The book has a mixture of innocent, child-like scenes, such as the young girl counting and looking at pictures in the clouds, and some more intense scenes such as police officers taking travelers off of a moving train while others flea. This story shows the difficulty and trouble that can come with undocumented immigration, but also reveals the perseverance of a father trying to obtain a good life for his daughter.

Grade: 5
Strand: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: Political, environmental, social, and economic factors cause people, products, and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere today.

Two White Rabbits Reinforcing Activity

Uptown

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Bryan Collier (2003). Holt, Henry Books for Young Readers.

This book is full of a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a community unlike any in the world. It is seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there. He gives us a guided tour of his home in New York City's Harlem. The Metro-North railroad, chicken and waffles, shopping on 125th Street, the Apollo Theater, jazz, and summer basketball games at the playground are all part of his neighborhood’s charm.

Grade: 5
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.

Uptown Reinforcement Activity

Sixth Grade:


Under the Persimmon Tree
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Suzanne Fisher (2005). Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means “star,” suddenly finds herself alone when her family is taken from her by the war. Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. An American, she waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children while her Afghan husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-sharif, Afghanistan. Najmah’s father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her, just as Nusrat’s husband had promised that they would tell Najmah where he was and that he was safe. As the two look to the skies for answers, their fates entwine. Najmah, seeking refuge, begins the perilous journey through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan. And Nusrat’s school awaits Najmah’s arrival. Together, they both seek their way home.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 3. Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include and how it is displayed.

Under the Persimmon Tree Reinforcing Activity

World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme
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J. Patrick Lewis (2002). Dial. Illustrated by Alison Jay.
This book incorporates interesting facts about geography and people in poetic form. The reader travels the globe to discover amazing things about interesting spaces and places in the world and, in the process, gets answers to questions such as how to tell latitude from longitude and how the Sandwich Islands got their name.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills
Content Statement: 4. Latitude and longitude can be used to identify absolute location.

A World of Wonders Reinforcing Activity

Far Beyond the Garden Gate
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Don Brown (2002). Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Alexandra David-Neel was an explorer, a scholar, pioneer, and adventurer. She travelled, on foot, through frozen mountain passes, past wild animals, and into the forbidden Tibetan capital city Lhasa - the first Western woman to set foot inside - all when she was over fifty years old. With beautiful illustrations that highlight the harsh landscape of the Himalayas, Far Beyond the Garden Gate is a testament to the power of the perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Those obstacles included high winds, oxygen deprivation, extreme temperatures, and rugged terrain - these pitfalls are just as worthy of investigation and awe as the story of this fearless pioneer and role-model who overcame them.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 5. Regions can be determined, classified and compared using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural, or economic).

Far Beyond the Garden Gate Reinforcing Activity

Moshi Moshi
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Jonathan London, Yoshi Miyake. (1998). Lerner Publishing Group.

This book gives a first taste of Japan, as an american boy and his big brother, Elliot, visit Japan for the summer to stay with a pen pal, Kenji. Although Kenji lives on a mandarin orange farm, the boys stay first with his uncle Akira in Tokyo, a city of "a gadzillion people". The american boy is exposed to many customs and activities that differ from life back home. He tries kendo, watchs beisu boru (baseball) on TV, participates in a tea ceremony, and dances in an O-bon festival, a summer festival for the dead. "Everything in Japan [is] so different from here. Yet really the same. It's hard to explain,"

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 5. Regions can be determined, classified and compared using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural, or economic).

Moshi Moshi Reinforcing Activity

Wake Up, World!
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Hollyer, Beatrice (1999),Henry Holt & Company

Have you ever wondered what a normal day looks like to kids around the world? This book tells what a day looks like to eight different kids fromAustralia, India, the USA, Ghana, Vietnam, England, Brazil, and Russia. Watch as kids from around the world take you through their day, from when they wake up until they go to bed. The kids featured are real children with their families shown with pictures from their daily lives.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statement: 5. Regions can be determined, classified and compared using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural, or economic).

Wake Up, World! Reinforcing Activity

The Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu
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Ted Lewin, Philomel Books (2003)

In 1911, Yale professor Hiram Bingham discovers a lost Incan city with the help of a young Peruvian boy. Caldecott Honor-winner Ted Lewin takes readers on a thrilling journey to the wild land of Peru. In this story Hiram Bingham carved a treacherous path through snake-filled jungles and across perilous mountains in 1911, in search of Vilcapampa, the lost city of the Incas. Having been guided by a young Quechua boy, he discovered not the rumored lost city, but the ruins of Machu Picchu, a city totally unknown to the outside world and one of the wonders of the world.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere
Topic: Places and Regions
Content Statment: 6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).

The Lost City the Discovery of Machu Picchu Reinforcing Activity

Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao's Last Dancer
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Li Cunxin (2007) Walker & Co. Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

Dancing to Freedom is the true story of Li Cunxin’s journey from a small village in Northern China to the great stages of countries across the globe. Li lived during the time when Chairman Mao was the leader of China. At age 11, as Li sat in his classroom, four strangers from the government visited looking for children who had the potential to become exceptional ballet dancers. The few children selected would join Chairman Mao’s elite dance school in Beijing. Weeks later, Li was selected to join the troupe and from that day forward his life would be forever changed.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 7. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Eastern Hemisphere in the past and today.

Dancing to Freedom Reinforcing Activity

Seventh Grade:


Roughing it on the Oregon Trail
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Diane Stanley (2001). Harper Collins Children’s Books.

In this book, a time travel adventure brings a set of twins and their Grandma straight to the Oregon Trail in 1843 walking along the same path that their ancestors took. The three learn all about the day-to-day rigors of daily life while traveling on the trail. They must travel on foot and/or on a wagon during their 8 month journey while eating the food that is offered including “slam-johns” and “sowbelly” (pancakes and bacon). The book also includes a map of the Oregon Trail circa 1843 and the present-day Oregon Trail.
Grade: 7
Theme: World Studies from 750 BC to 1600 AD: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
Topic: Spatial Thinking Skills
Content Statement: 12. Maps and other geographic representations can be used to trace the development of human settlement over time.

Roughing it on the Oregon Trail

Great Black Heroes: Five Notable Inventors
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Wade Hudson (1995). Scholastic, Inc.
Illustrated by Ron Garnett.

This book discusses the lives and inventions of five great African-American inventors, whose names many students will be unfamiliar. Included in this book are the stories of: Jan Ernst Matzeliger, inventor of a machine to make shoes quickly; Elijah McCoy, inventor of an oil cup, an ironing board, and more; Granville T. Woods, inventor of a cream to help hair grow back and one of the first successful African-American businesswoman; Garrett A. Morgan, invented the gas inhalator and first traffic signal.

Grade: 7
Theme: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 15. Improvements in transportation, communication and technology have facilitated cultural diffusion among peoples around the world.

Five Notable Inventors Reinforcing Activity

Eighth Grade:

Boycott Blues
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Andrea Davis Pinkney (2008). Greenwillow Books.
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

This book recounts the story of Rosa Parks and the ensuing Montgomery bus boycott utilizing the concept of blues music. Jim Crow is represented as a large black bird with bony wings. The narrator of the story, a blues-playing dog, makes the event surrounding the bus boycott accessible to young readers. The colored ink on clay board illustrations enhance the text in portraying the struggles and determination of those who participated in the bus boycott.

Grade: 8
Theme: US Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 16. Cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudices had social, political and economic consequences for minority groups and the population as a whole

Boycott Blues Reinforcing Activity

My Brother Martin
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Christine King Farris (2003) Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet

Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in a segregated South of the 1920s forced a very young Martin to learn a bitter lesson--little white children and little black children were not to play with one another. Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. And as a seven-year-old, he embarked on a journey that would change the course of American history as told from the words of his older sister, Christine King Farris.

Grade: 8
Theme: US Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 16. Cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudices had, political and economic consequences for minority groups and the population as a whole.

My Brother Martin Reinforcing Activity

Remember: The Journey to School Integration
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Toni Morrison (2004). Houhgton Mifflin.

Remember: The Journey to School Integration is a collection of photographs from the Civil Rights Movement and the era of public school integration accompanied by poignant and thought-provoking narration written by Toni Morrison. She takes on a fictional persona of the adults and children depicted in the photographs, which makes reading this book even more touching and convicting. The book documents key events in civil rights and school integration history from the passing of Brown vs. Board of Education to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The collection of photographs in this book not only shows key events during a momentous time in history, but also illustrates how the future of the United States was changed forever.

Grade: 8
Theme: US Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 16. Cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudices had social, political and economic consequences for minority groups and the population as a whole.

Remember: The Journey to School Integration Reinforcing Activity


Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

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Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard & Tony Diterlizzi (2000). Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
E.B. Lewis & Earl Lewis, illustrators.

In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers. Virgie wins and her parents let her go to a Quaker school seven miles away. As her father says “All free people need learning; old folks, young folks and small girls too.”

Grade: 8
Strand: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 16. Cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudices had social, political and economic consequences for minority groups and the population as a whole.

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys Reinforcing Activity



When Marian Sang

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Pam Munoz Ryan (2002) Scholastic Books. Pictures by Brian Selznick
This beautiful picture book is a biography about the legendary singer Marian Anderson. It tells the story of the little girl with the "strong and velvety" voice who rose to become one of the most decorated and honored singers in the world, while racism and segregation formed the backdrop to her life. When Marian Sang is a powerful book to read to elementary school-aged kids. For although it paints a picture of an America tinged with racism and prejudice, it also shows how the arts can transcend and overcome these obstacles. Marian Anderson's story should be told over and over again.

Grade:8
Strand: Geography
Topic: Human Systems
Content Statement: 16. Cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudices had social, political and economic consequences for minority groups and the population as a whole.

When Marian Sang Reinforcing Activity