Category Archive: Social Studies

We are all part of the human family

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Human rights and respect for others are values we want to instill in our children. Growing up in the fifties, my parents taught us The Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you… Continue reading

Raising Chickens : Urban Farming for the Intermediate Grades

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The term “urban farming” usually brings up visions of gardens, especially vegetable gardens, in backyards and containers and even on rooftops. Chickens might not seem a good topic for an article on urban… Continue reading

Stand-out Series Nonfiction

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The educational publishing world can be overwhelming. There are so many series nonfiction titles published every year for the school market than it can be daunting to think of wading through them to… Continue reading

Homelessness: Together, we can make a difference!

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness states: “Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty,… Continue reading

Teens Who Inspire

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There are plenty of stories in local and national news about children and teens getting in trouble, flunking out of school, and not being good role models. But here I am going to… Continue reading

Reviews: How Star Wars Conquered The Universe & Quiet

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Since the start of 2015, I have read two books that really had an impact on me.  I feel that both titles would be great additions to any high school library collection: How… Continue reading

Review: Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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Based on recommendations from coworkers Leslie and Ryan, I’m currently listening to the audio book The Devil in The White City: Murder, Magic, and Mad Madness at the Fair That Changed America. The… Continue reading

Courage and Resilience

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True stories of extraordinary courage and resilience are very compelling reads for me. Some of them are so amazing and improbable that they seem like they must be fiction. I grew up enjoying… Continue reading

Review: Maddi’s Fridge

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I recently learned September is Hunger Awareness Month. Coincidently, a children’s book recently crossed my desk that does a nice job of addressing the issue of hunger. So in the interest of raising… Continue reading

2014 U.S. History Hits for the Middle Grades—So Far…

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I’m a history buff, so whenever interesting new titles come across my desk, I’m happily carried away to another place and time for a bit, immersing myself in another era. While I’m often… Continue reading