Using Children's Books to Learn About Our World
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Author: Sally Anderson with The Vermont Center for the Book
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 208, © 2011
Young children are naturally interested in their world. With Social Studies and Me!, you can support children’s curiosity by using storybooks to engage them in social studies and literacy learning. Each storybook exploration includes:
• Social studies standards and learning objectives
• Ways to link the book to children’s experiences
• Ways to foster standards-based discussion about the book
• Ideas for extending, observing, and assessing the learning
• Ways to connect with families
""This teacher resource book is full of insightful ideas on how to integrate children's storybooks with social studies. I love how with each storybook exploration, it gives ideas on how to link the book to a child's life experiences, how to foster standards-based discussions about the book, and ideas on how to extend, observe, and assess the learning from the book. It also gives ideas of things families can do at home as an extension."
"My students learned about families, communities, needs and wants and goods and services. The lessons were very engaging and the students really enjoyed each lesson that I chose to teach from the book."
"I like being able to use literature to introduce topics and areas of study for social studies. I think with the increasing emphasis on Language Arts, many teachers are turning to using literature resources to teach more areas of curriculum."
"My students had many opportunities to experience social studies concepts in exploration and dramatic play activities. We especially enjoyed the mapping activities that also tied into our math curriculum."
|Sally Anderson is the founder and executive director of the Vermont Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. She has created professional development programs for early childhood educators and librarians across the country, including courses centering on math, science, social studies, and early literacy. Sally is the recipient of many awards and honors, among them the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Foundation for Children’s Literature, the Lyman Hunt Jr. Award from the Vermont Council on Reading, and a Special Recognition Award from the New England Reading Association.|