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I teach 6th and 7th grade self contained special needs students. I need ideas of Children's books to teach Social Studies. My units include: Geography, World Cultures,Government,Black History,etc... Thanks for any and all help.


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For geography look at a book titled Mapping The World By Heart. I have not used it because I teach third grade, but it looks very interesting.

For government look at a novel titled A Girl Who Owned a City. It would encourage great conversations for the need of government.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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I teach Ancient World Hist so that's what I will list:

Egypt: The Egypt Game
India: Indian fables
China: Lon Po Po
Greece: Greek mythology or Aesop's Fables
Rome: Julius Ceasar, Roman muthology, Rick Riordan books
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Thank you so much for your suggestions. I am excited about checking them out!
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"My Father's Dragon" is a fiction chapter book, but every chapter leads a little boy on an adventure around an island. There is a map in the book to refer to as you read. May be a good way to incorporate reading and geography concepts.

"Me On the Map" is a very simple book about maps. It shows maps/land including a globe view, country, state, county and street. It may be too simplistic for your students, but would be a great book for them to mimic as they "make their own" version focusing on the geographic areas you need them to study.


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Old 07-09-2011, 04:49 AM
 
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picture books that you can also use to teach those concepts. There are many books by Demi (just one word) that teach cultures, etc.:
Muhammad, Marco Polo, The Greatest Power, One Grain of Rice,and more. You could also use these (as with any picture book) to teach strategies.
Black History/Civil Rights: The Other Side
There are many books by Jon Scieszka that I've used as read alouds that cover all the ancient civilizations: Knights of the Kitchen Table, Marco?Polo!,See Ya Later Gladiator,It's All Greek to Me, etc.These are all funny but do have factual information. My students love these and they want to read them on their own. Reading level is 3-4th grade.I have many more titles, but of course, my list is at school.
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How about reading about Nellie Bly
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and her race around the world in 72 days? It was a race that was some kind of newspaper contest. It was in response to Jules Vern's book Around the Day in 80 days. There is a book titled something like Nellie Bly: America's Star Reporter. Anyway, it might make a good geography connection.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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I use the book There's a Map on My Lap. It's Dr. Seuss, but my 6th graders LOVE it! Goes over all the key parts to a map as well as latitude and longitude.
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Civil War on Sunday by Patricia Polloco is a great story about a fictional story about 2 soldiers in a Civil War.
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Does anyone know of any good childrens' books to teach about North Carolina history, geography, culture, government? We have a text book I feel like that is a little bit over my fourth graders' heads sometimes.


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