Category Archive: Social Studies

Ferris Wheel Day

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February 14th is not just a day for love; it’s also a day to celebrate Ferris Wheels!  This date in February marks the birthday of George Washington Ferris, engineer and designer of the… Continue reading

The Greatest

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  Yesterday, Muhammad Ali turned 74 years old.  Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali transcended boxing to become an important social, cultural, political, and religious figure over the past 50 years. Growing up… Continue reading

The Force Awakens

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“Chewie…we’re home!” Today, Han and Chewie are indeed “home” with the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  For the next few days (weeks? months?), Star Wars will be everywhere.  I have… Continue reading

Review: Tommy: The Gun That Changed America

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Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal. 9781626720848. 2015. Gr. 7-10. The Tommy gun became the weapon of choice during the law and order era of the 1920’s and 30’s especially… Continue reading

Military Appreciation Day is Every Day

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With Veterans Day fast approaching, it behooves all adults to better familiarize our youth on what the day symbolizes for Americans. It is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended… Continue reading

Tell Me Your Story

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History is full of interesting people! Reading about the lives of others is often captivating. Sometimes luck comes into play, but often, it’s what’s inside of a person that compels them to be… Continue reading

Talking about Peace

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“What is one thing you can do to be a peacemaker?” This question is posed in Keeping the Peace: The Kids’ Book of Peacemaking, which you may remember from my last post. I… Continue reading

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. As we grew up in the fifties, my parents taught us The Golden Rule of “Do unto others… 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