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Next year I will move from a self contained classroom to teaching 5th grade Social Studies and ELA. I feel the students are short changed on history because of the high stakes reading standards/assessments. I would love to do a GREAT job teaching history through historical fiction stories and novels. I am starting a Donors Choose project to fill my library with engaging nonfiction and historical fiction to support reading and history. Any titles come to mind?


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What topics from American history do you teach?
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Civil War - Across Five Aprils, Which Way Freedom
Puritan New England - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Revolutionary War - Johnny Tremain, Chains
Depression - Bud, Not Buddy; Esperanza Rising
Civil Rights Era - One Crazy Summer, Watsons Go to Birmingham
Yellow fever epidemic - Fever 1793
Sharecropping - Sounder, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Vietnam - Shooting the Moon
Native Americans - Island of the Blue Dolphins

These are just a scratch at the surface of topics "American history" might cover. Any in particular?
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In Texas, we teach First Americans (migrating across the land bridge to Civil War. Thanks for your great input so far. Are students engaged in Johnny Tremain?
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Honestly, I find students are as engaged in the book as you are. If you love it, you will teach them to love it.


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Gromit is right, if you are passionate about it, they will be.

I like using picture books in my class. Here are some books I have used in my class:
Where Do You Think You are Going Christopher Columbus
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Pedro's Journal (short chapter book)

Roanoke: The Lost Colony by Jane Yolen

Samuel Eaton's Day - a day in the life of a pilgrim boy
Sara Morton's Day- a day in the life of a pilgrim girl
Tapenum's Day- A day in the life of a Wampanog Indian boy

Katie's Trunk
George vs. George
Samuel's Choice
Sophia's War (is a chapter book)
Sleds on Boston Common

Unspoken
Henry's Freedom Box

Shhh! We are Writing The Constitution
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I used several of these titles last year. I am excited to explore the others!.
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I also use many picture books.
Roanoke by Jane Yolen also lends itself to argument writing about what
happened to the colonists.
Encounter by Jane Yolen is a great intro to explorers. Amazing illustrations.


For novels I use:
Sign of the Beaver (survival and conflict between colonists and Native
Americans after French and Indian War.)
Blood on the River :Jamestown 1607 ( the author pulled facts from
history, real characters etc and actually spent many
nights in the locations in the book.)
My Brother Sam is Dead/ Johnny Tremain

I was able to teach 5th ELA and History for a couple years and it was my favorite thing to do. Then we got Wonders and we're back to textbooks...Enjoy!!!
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Agree with so many of these. The Roanoke picture book by Jane Yolen is GREAT - my kids eat it up! They also love The Salem Witch Trials book by the same author - it's another "history mystery" book. They are just so fascinated by both of those and I use them every year.

For other nonfiction, my kids love the "You Wouldn't Want to Be" books - You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Mayflower, be a Salem Witch, be an American Colonist, be at the Boston Tea Party, Explore with Lewis and Clark, etc etc - they're super engaging.

The Who/What Was books are also great. Boston Tea Party, Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere, etc. I used Revolution themed ones for a round of book clubs this year and the kids really liked them.

George vs. George is another great one for the Revolution. As in Chains for a chapter book. That's a trilogy now, but I've only read the first one so can't speak to the others.
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1. Revolutionary War on Wednesday, Osbourne
2. American Revolution: Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday, Osbourne
3. Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began, Landmark Books
4. Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale, Mann
5. George vs George: The American Revolution as Seen From Both Sides, Schanzer
6. The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities, Herbert
7. Let it Begin Here!: Lexington and Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution, Fradin
8. Timekeepers: A Revolutionary Tale, Harris
9. The Revolutionary War: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose History), Raum
10. How to Be a Revolutionary War Soldier, Ratliff
11. Revolutionary War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Games, Projects, Activities, and Recipes, King
12. King George: What Was His Problem?, Sheinkin
13. Paul Revereís Ride, Longfellow
14. The Amazing Story of the Boston Tea Party for Children, Smith
15. The Fighting Ground, Avi
16. Toliverís Secret, Brady
17. Phoebe, the Spy, Griffin
18. Shh! Weíre Writing the Constitution, Fritz
19. If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution, Moore
20. Patriotís, Redcoats, and Spies, Skead
21. When Washington Crossed the Delaware, Cheney
22. The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson
23. Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?, Fritz
24. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, Fritz
25. Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?, Fritz
26. Rebel with a Cause: The Daring Adventures of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution, Kudlinski
27. The Liberty Tree, Penner
28. The Picture Book of Paul Revere, Adler
29. The Founding Fathers: Those Horse-Ridiní, Fiddle-Playiní, Book-Readiní, Gun-Totiní Gentlemen Who Started America, Winter
30. Katieís Trunk, Turner
31. The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy, Griffin
32. Sleds on Boston Common: A Story From the American Revolution, Borden
33. John, Paul, and George, Smith
34. My Brother Sam is Dead, Collier
35. Johnny Tremain, Forbes
36. Ben and Me, Lawson
37. The Scarlet Stockings Spy, Noble
38. Give Me Liberty, Elliot


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Here is a great list of picture books to share with your fifth graders while also teaching social studies standards.

I have one to add. It is a nonfiction picture book by Jane Yolen. It is titled Roanoke: The Lost Colony An Unsolved Mystery From History. It is excellent! She also has one about the Salem witch trials.
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Thank you so much for your help.
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The titles listed from other posters are wonderful; I use many of them throughout the year.

I love using picture books because they are so quick to read but give great insight and lessons. These are a couple more great ones that no one mentioned:

When Marian Sang by Brian Selznick & Pam Munoz Ryan - Civil rights unit
Satchel Paige by Lesa Cline-Ransome - Civil rights unit
Passage to Freedom: the Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki - Holocaust/WWII
Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss - dictatorship/government
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This is exactly what I teach in Texas! The kids rotate through us for 50 minute classes. I get each class twice a day. In the morning, it is all reading. Afternoon class is a combo of Social Studies and Writing.

Most of my Social Studies last year came from interactive notebooks and YouTube Videos. My kids LOVED these Videos during the Revolution unit.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0t...RJM_9-g6P_mHgw


As far as books, Keep picture books in mind, too! This site is a good resource. I like that it breaks the lists down by time period.
http://www.the-best-childrens-books....ory-books.html
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