Category Archive: Social Studies

Common Core and the Language Arts Classroom

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Lately, whenever the topic of the Common Core State Standards comes up in conversations with educators, I don’t typically see enthusiastic responses. Everyone knows about the standards and understands that they mean a… Continue reading

Rescue Me! : Shelter Dogs

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We are definitely dog people and have almost always had two of them at a time.  Though we have had purebreds (got them free from a friend), most of our dogs (and other… Continue reading

Book Review: Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

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Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple.  2011. 9780545296540. Gr 6-9. All of us know about the Pearl Harbor bombings, but did you know that on… Continue reading

U.S. History in Picture Books!

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As you can probably tell by now, I love history.  And I love when history comes alive in books and stories.  So when I find good picture books that focus on history, I… Continue reading

February is Black History Month

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“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, / I am the dream and hope of the slave. / I rise. / I rise. / I rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, Still I Rise. Whenever… Continue reading

ALA Mock Youth Media Awards – Kristin’s Picks

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If you are anything like us, you are eagerly anticipating the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 23rd. It’s like the Oscars for librarians, and the Collection Development department at Mackin has definitely… Continue reading

Book Review: Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor

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Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History series) by Michael Bergan. 2011. Child labor was common in the United States in the 19th century.  Children, sometimes as young… Continue reading

New Multicultural Picture Books

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Growing up in a semi-rural city in central Wisconsin, the extent of my multicultural education didn’t extend far beyond selling skull lollipops for the Day of the Dead celebration in my Spanish class.  Likewise,… Continue reading

Fantastic History Biographies

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As a lover of history, I’m also a big fan of biographies. They allow us a glimpse into a person’s life and the time period they lived in. And the truly great biographers… Continue reading

What It Means to Be a Hero

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Anyone of us might be a hero.  The students in your schools might change the world one day, and it may begin with a book.  In Giant Steps to Change the World, Spike Lee… Continue reading