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






Pre-K:

Kindergarten:
A Very Important Day
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Maggie Rugg Herold (1995). HarperCollins
Illustrated by Catherine Stock

Captures the excitement of immigrants who are becoming U.S. citizens. All across New York City, people are preparing for 'a very important day'...not the least bit daunted by a snowstorm....A tale told with vigor, exuberantly displayed in Stock's people-filled watercolor landscapes and cozy interior scenes of all the pre-oath preparations, this is a thoughtful celebration of one of this country's most meaningful ceremonies.

Grade: K
Theme: A Child's Place in Time and Space
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 9. Individuals have shared responsibilities toward the achievement of common goals in homes, schools, and communities.

A Very Important Day Reinforcing Activity


First Grade:

Zinnia and Dot
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Lisa Campbell Ernst (1992). Viking Press.
Zinnia and Dot should be friends. They sit in the same hen house day after day and fight over whose eggs are better. One day a weasel steals their eggs, leaving them only one. After fighting over whose it is, who gets to sit on it first, and who it will look like when it is born, a new crisis forces them to recognize the value of cooperation.

Grade: 1
Theme: Families Now and Long Ago, Near and Far
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 9. Collaboration requires group members to respect the rights and opinions of others.

Zinnia and Dot Reinforcing activity

Second Grade:
A Day's Work
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Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler (1994). Clarion Books.
A newly immigrated Mexican grandfather finds work at a daily labor pick-up station in Los Angeles with the help of his young grandson. Francisco, the grandson, sees a truck driven by a man looking for a gardener. He tells the man that his grandfather is a fine gardener, although this is not true. That day, Francisco and his grandfather are trusted to work alone. Out of ignorance, they do everything wrong. When the employer returns and is angry, the grandfather discovers Francisco's lie. He then volunteers the services of both the next day to make things right in the garden.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 10. Personal accountability includes making responsible choices, taking responsibility for personal actions and respecting others.

A Day's Work- Reinforcing Activity

No!
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David McPhail (2009). Roaring Book Press

The word "No" repeated three times is the only thing said in this otherwise wordless book that speaks volumes. A young boy sets out to deliver a letter and witnesses acts of war along his way, both on the personal level, and on a world-wide scale. At a time when our country is at war, NO! is a touching example of resistance and alternatives to conflict told through heart-wrenching illustrations from David McPhail at his very best.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 11. Groups are accountable for choices they make and actions they take.

No! Reinforcing Activity

The Cupcake Thief
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Ellen Jackson (2007) Kane Press, Inc.
Illustrated by Blanche Sims

This book begins with Zack’s cupcake “being stolen” and his accusation of fellow student, Tyler, for the crime. It then leads the reader through the process of taking the accused through the court system by having Tyler go to Student Court. Comparisons are made between Student Court and the actual court system as the reader weaves through the story. Helpful information boxes are included that explain some of the terminology and facts associated with the court system.

Grade: 2
Theme: People Working Together
Topic: Rules and Laws
Content Statement: 12. There are different rules that govern behavior in different settings.

The Cupcake Thief Reinforcement Activity


Third Grade:

Hiawatha and The Peacemaker
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Robbie Robertson (2015). Abrams Books for Young Readers.
Illustrated by David Shannon.

In the story of Hiawatha and The Peacemaker, Hiawatha’s family is killed by the evil Chief, Tadodaho. He is devastated and is filled with rage when suddenly a man rows up in a stone canoe. The man introduces himself as the Peacemaker, who wants Hiawatha’s help to unite the six nations. Hiawatha accepts his offer and the Peacemaker and him travel to the nations to try to unite the nations so there’s no more violence or war between them.

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

Hiawatha and The Peacemaker Reinforcing Activity


Peter’s Place
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Sally Grindley (1996). Harcourt Brace.
Illustrated by Michael Foreman.

Peter plays on the shores by his home everyday, exploring and enjoying the wide variety of life that thrives there. One day an oil tanker crashes nearby and spills its load into the sea, almost destroying Peter’s special place. Peter and many others help clean and scrub in an effort to rescue the habitat. The fragile aspect of nature is taught along with the value of working together to help make a difference.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 9. Members of local communities have social and political responsibilities.

Peter's Place Reinforcing Activity


March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
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Christine King Farris (2008). Scholastic, Inc.
Illustrated by London Ladd.
From Dr. Martin Luther King's sister, the definitive tribute to the man, the march, and the speech that changed a nation.
On a hot August day in 1963, hundreds of thousands of people made history when they marched into Washington, D.C., in search of equality. Martin Luther King, Jr., the younger brother of Christine King Farris, was one of them.
Martin was scheduled to speak to the crowds of people on that day. But before he could stand up and inspire a nation, he had to get down to business. He first had to figure out what to say and how to say it. So he spent all night working on his "I Have a Dream" speech, one that would underscore a landmark moment in civil rights history--the Great March on Washington. This would be one of the first events televised all over the globe. The world would be listening, as one of the greatest orators of our time shared his vision for a new day.

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

March On! Reinforcing Activity-CONTENT ACTIVITY NEEDED!!!


I Need My Own Country!
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Rick Walton (2012). Bloomsbury Children's Books.
Illustrated by Wes Hargis.

This story tells of a frustrated little girl who decides to get away from it all she should start her own country. She tells of the things that will be needed to start her new country. These range from a name, to a flag, and even a national anthem. This book serves beginning readers with the idea of what it means to be a nation.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past, Present, Near, and Far
Topic: Rules and Laws
Content Statement: Laws are rules which apply to all people in a community and describe ways people are expected to behave. Laws promote order and security, provide public services and protect the rights of individuals in the local community.

I Need My Own Country! Reinforcing Activity

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for the Women's Right to Vote
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Dean Robbins (2016). Random House Books.
Illustrated by Nancy Zhang.

This book tells the story of Alice Paul, and other suffragettes, in the early 1910s. As a young child, Alice watched her father go off to vote and wondered why her mother couldn’t do the same. To help lead the cause for a woman’s right to vote, Alice wore her signature purple hat and organized her supporters to participate in parades, protests, and write numerous letters to the White House. Even though President Woodrow Wilson didn’t think that a woman’s right to vote was a pressing issue, Alice understood that there was no issue more important, and she would let nothing get in the way of making it a reality.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 9. Members of local communities have social and political responsibilities; 10. Individuals make the community a better place by solving problems in a way that promotes
the common good.

Miss Paul and the President Reinforcing Activity

Rosa
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Nikki Giovanni (2005). Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
Illustrated by Bryan Collier.
Rosa Parks is one of the most famous figures in American history. On December 1, 1955, she got on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus after work and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that sparked a revolution. Suddenly, Mrs. Parks became the center of one of the most important events in the battle for civil rights. This is the story of that event, and of a woman whose quiet determination changed our history. Created by the award winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni and by Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Bryan Collier, this retelling of such a historic event comes from a wholly unique and original perspective.

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

Rosa Reinforcing Activity

Stand in My Shoes
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Sornson, B. (2013). Love and Logic Press Inc.
Illustrated by Shelley Johannes.

Stand in My Shoes follows Emily around as she works to notice other people’s feelings and solve problems throughout the day by learning to be empathetic towards others.

Grade: 3
Strand: Government
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: Individuals make the community a better place by solving problems in a way that promotes the common good.

Stand in My Shoes Reinforcing Activity

House Mouse, Senate Mouse
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By Peter W. Barnes (1996) Illustrated by Cheryl Shaw Barnes
The second grade class writes a letter expressing the desire for a law to be made revolving around cheese. The story takes you on a journey through how the law is made, from the very beginning with research to the signing to the law by the president. The characters include Squeaker of the House and the Senate Mouse majority Leader.

Grade: 3
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement: 12. Governments have authority to make and enforce laws.

House Mouse, Senate Mouse Reinforcing Activity

Fourth Grade:

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told
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Walter Dean Myers (2008). Harper Collins Publishers.
Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen

Ida B. Wells was an extraordinary woman. Long before boycotts, sit-ins, and freedom rides, Ida B. Wells was hard at work to better the lives of African Americans. An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, she used fierce determination and the power of the pen to educate the world about the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States. Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of this legendary figure, which blends harmoniously with the historically detailed watercolor paintings of illustrator Bonnie Christensen.

Grade: 4
Theme: Ohio in the US
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 10. Individuals make the community a better place by solving problems in a way that promotes the common good.

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told Reinforcing Activity


If I Ran for President
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Catherine Stier (2007). Albert Whitman & Company.
Illustrated by Lynne Avril.

Ever wonder how you could run for president? This story leads children through the election process starting with the decision to run and going all the way to the inauguration. It discusses the different parties and how candidates campaign in order to be elected. It is nonfiction and uses a cast of diverse characters to show that anyone can be president.

Grade: 4
Strand: Government
Topic: Civil Participation and Skills
Content Statement: Individuals have a variety of opportunities to participate in and influence their state and national government. Citizens have both rights and responsibilities in Ohio and the United States.

If I Ran for President Reinforcing Activity

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
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Elizabeth Partiridge (2009). Penguin Young Readers Group

This book tells the compelling story of how men, women, and children participated in freedom marches in the state of Alabama for the purpose of obtaining the legal right to vote. Martin Luther King, Jr., other civil rights leaders, and organizations supported these protestors in their efforts and as a result of these actions President Johnson signed the Voter Registration Act of 1965.

Grade: 4
Theme: Ohio in the United States
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 15. Individuals have a variety of opportunities to participate in and influence their state and national government. Citizens have both rights and responsibilities in Ohio and the United States.

Marching for Freedom Reinforcing Activity

My Teacher for President
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Kay Winters (2004), Dutton Children’s Books, Denise Brunkus (illustrator)

This story is about a boy, Oliver, who believes his teacher would make a great President. The book goes through and explains his reasoning for her being President. This book shows good logical relationships between what a student thinks a good President should be and how his teacher demonstrates those qualities. This books also, taps into the idea of what makes a good leader.

Grade: 4
Strand: Government
Topic: Civil Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 15. Individuals have a variety of opportunities to participate in and influence their state and national government. Citizens have both rights and responsibilities in Ohio and the United States.

My Teacher for President: Reinforcing Activity 1.1

Feathers and Fools

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Mem Fox (1996). Harcourt Brace.
Illustrated by Nicholas Wilton.

A group of Peacocks become aware of the differences between themselves and flock of neighboring swans. The peacocks quickly begin to fear the swans and their differences, nervous that one day the swans would use this information to their advantage to run them out of their home. To protect themselves, the peacocks begin to stock pile, preparing for what they believe to be an imminent attack. This then forces the swans to also gather weapons for their own protection. Tensions high and nerves strung tightly, a swan flying past carrying a piece of reed is misinterpreted as an attack and full scale war is quickly brought down upon both flocks, eliminating both species with the exception of two eggs. After hatching, the peacock and swan hatchlings quickly find similarities between one another begin a new life together as allies.

Grade: 4
Strand: Government
Topic: Civil Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 16. Civic participation requires individuals to make informed and reasoned decisions by accessing and using information effectively.

Feathers and Fools Reinforcement Activity

More Than Anything Else
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Marie Bradby (1995). Orchard Books
Illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet
This book gives tribute to Booker T. Washington as it chronicles his early years. As a young boy, in 1865, Booker must work hard in the nearby salt mines. Though his muscles ache and his stomach is often empty, the real pain he feels is in his head. More than anything else, he wants to learn to read. It is a lofty goal by the standards of those around him, but, with the help of a local newspaperman, he sees his chance to achieve his dream.

Grade: 4
Strand:Government
Topic:Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 16. Civic participation requires individuals to make informed and reasoned decisions by accessing and using information effectively.

More Than Anything Else-Reinforcing Activity

My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington, D.C.
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Senator Edward M. Kennedy (2006). Scholastic Inc.
Illustrated by David Small.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Senator? Splash takes us through a day in the life of a United States Senator, from the time the Senator wakes up to the end of the day. Splash is not just a person following the Senator for the day, he is the Senator’s dog. Take a trip with Splash and Senator Kennedy to see just what a Senator does for a day in the eyes of a dog.

Grade: 4
Theme:Ohio in the United States
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement:16. Civic participation requires individuals to make informed and reasoned decisions by accessing and using information effectively.

My Senator and Me Reinforcing Activity


Today on Election Day
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Catherine Stier (2012). Albert Whitman & Company.
Illustrated by David Leonard.

Election Day is the one day in our country where citizens have the right to decide and vote for which candidates they want to be the leaders of the United States. Jake knows all about each candidate and can make an informed decision about whom he wants to vote for. Voting is an important part of being a citizen of this democracy and we have the responsibility to make sure our voice is heard on this day.

Grade: 4
Strand: Government
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 15. Individuals have a variety of opportunities to participate in and influence their state and national government. Citizens have both rights and responsibilities in Ohio and the United States. 16. Civic participation requires individuals to make informed and reasoned decisions by accessing and using information effectively.

Today on Election Day Reinforcing Activity


Fifth Grade:

Sixth Grade:
This is America: The American Spirit in Places and People
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Don Robb (2005). Charlesbridge.
Illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt

This title highlights 13 ideals inherent in American life, including diversity, the creative spirit, free enterprise, education for all, hard work, legal rights, equality, etc. A lavishly illustrated spread is devoted to each one. The attribute is introduced in a paragraph followed by descriptions of people to read about or places to visit. For example, the section on legal rights discusses Federal Hall Memorial in New York City and union leader Cesar Chavez. The large, bold, scratchboard-and-watercolor art sometimes has a clever twist–the Capitol Building is depicted with a friendly face; a red, white, and blue tie; and an upper portico that turns into an arm holding children.

Grade: 6
Theme: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 9. Different perspectives on a topic can be obtained from a variety of historic and contemporary sources. Sources can be examined for accuracy.

This is America Reinforcing Activity





Seventh Grade:

Eighth Grade:
The Ballot Box Battle
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Emily Arnold McCully (1998). Bantom Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers.

In this story of women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mrs. Stanton tells a young girl her inspirational tale of her struggle for women’s equality. Throughout the book, McCully’s theme is to encourage readers to have faith in themselves and their possibilities.

Grade: 8

Strand: Government
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 18. Participation in social and civic groups can lead to the attainment of individual and public goals.

The Ballot Box Battle, Reinforcing Activity

Boston Tea Party
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Pamela Duncan Edwards(2001) G.P. Putnam's Sons
Illustrated by Henry Cole

The Boston Tea Party is a familiar tale, but the story leading up to it goes beyond the drama of that one night. Pamela Duncan Edwards' unique take on this event gets to the root of the story as this prelude to the Revolutionary War unfolds. Enhanced by English and colonial mice characters, Henry Cole's rich and mood-evoking illustrations bring the story to life.

Grade: 8
Strand: Government
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 18. Participation in social and civic groups can lead to the attainment of individual and pubic goals.

Boston Tea Party Reinforcing Activity

Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy
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Judith Bloom Fradin & Dennis Brindell Fradin (2006). Clarion Books

Drawing upon hundreds of historical documents and archival photographs, the authors offer an inspiring story of Jane Addams (1860-1935), humanitarian, suffragist, pacifist, and civil rights leader. Born in privilege, Jane Addams established Chicago’s Hull House, a settlement house for immigrants and the poor, helped to found both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and American Civil Liberties Union, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her worldwide pacifist activities.

Grade: 8
Theme: US Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 18. Participation in social and civic groups can lead to the attainment of individual and public goals.

Jane Addams Reinforcing Activity

When Esther Morris Headed West

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By Connie Nordheilm Wooldridge (2001) Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Esther Morris headed west, all the way out to Wyoming. There she heard tell of a man who shared her own notions: Colonel William Bright thought women should be able to vote. Esther decided it was time to show that women could hold office, too. So she went and became the first female judge in the United States.Not everyone liked Esther's ideas. But Esther had the courage to show how an idea looked in the living of it -- and to change some minds along the way. This is the tale of a remarkable woman who was a pioneer for women's rights to vote and hold office.

Grade: 8
Theme: US Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement: 18. Participation in social and civic groups can lead to the attainment of individual and public goals.

When Esther Morris Headed West Reinforcement Activity


Grace For President

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Kelly DiPucchio (2008). Hyperion Books for Children. Illustrated by LeUYEN Pham.

Determined to become the first female President of the United States, Grace enters her first race in the mock election at her school. The race appears to offer some stiff competition...especially among the boys who seem intent to vote for "the best man" in the race. Another hurdle is understanding the electoral college, but her teacher handles that in a clever way that not only helps the students understand it, but also the readers! The electoral college simulation is unforgettable! Roles and Systems of Government

Grade: 8
Theme: U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement: 20. The U.S. Constitution established a federal system of government,a representative democracy and a framework with separation of powers and checks and balances.

Grace for President Reinforcement Activity

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution
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By Lynne Chaney (2008)
Illustrated by Greg Harlin

This book tells the story how the United States became a Unified Country. It was the signing the Constitution that made the nation great. This book explores the historical events led to the creation of the Constitution as well as how the Constitution was formed (including it’s many parts). The book further explains how the constitution continues to be a true democratic document that still holds our strong nation together and remains a guide for how our government works today.

Grade: 8
Theme: From 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement: 20. The US Constitution established a federal system of government, a representative democracy and a framework with a separation of powers and checks and balances.

We the People Reinforcing Activity

We the Kids: A Preamble to The Constitution of The United States
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David Catrow (2005). Penguin Group (USA).

A long time ago some smart guys wrote the Preamble to the Constitution. You have probably read it before, but do you know what it means? And did it ever make you laugh? Now it will! Perfect for inspiring discussion in classrooms and around kitchen tables, this fun-filled and cheerfully illustrated look at the Preamble provides an accessible introduction to America's founding ideals for citizens of all ages. Includes a glossary of terms and a foreword by the artist.

Grade: 8
Theme: US Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration though Reconstruction
Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement: 21: The U.S. Constitution protects citizens' rights by limiting the powers of government.

We the Kids Reinforcing Activity