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November 10, 2009 My Favorite Fall & Thanksgiving Books By Stacey Burt

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the perfect time to review or introduce geography concepts and skills. Navigation is a key theme and can be easily integrated with the assistance of the following titles from Scholastic. The books listed in this week's blog provide support for geography content and encourage the study of the details surrounding the first formal meal shared by the separatists and the Wampanoag people. Read on to discover my very favorite fall books.  You Need to Know About Geography Homework
    By Scholastic

    Written with 4th-6th graders in mind, Everything You Need to Know About Geography Homework addresses questions that students may have concerning homework specific to geography. I like this book because suggestions made are not only applicable to skills and projects centered around geography, but other content areas as well. I find this book to be useful in developing skills students need to find success in completing projects and homework throughout the school year. & World Geography: Know-the-Facts Review Game
    By Diana Abitz, Susan LaRoy

    Most students enjoy reviewing when the format is that of a game. U.S. & World Geography: Know-the-Facts Review Game includes everything you need to review students on U.S. and World Geography. I've used this resource for small group and whole group review. Questions are asked in numerous formats to reinforce and extend learning that has already taken place. the Seas
    By Walter Oleksy

    Mapping the Seas is one book in series of four that specifically addresses navigating water. Although I have not had the opportunity to utilize this book with my students, its use would definitely enhance my instruction through its numerous features of maps, charts, lists of interesting facts and timelines. Additionally, extra resources are listed and encourage further research on the topic of navigating the seas and other bodies of water. A New Look at Thanksgiving
    By Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac

    I use this book to introduce the events surrounding the 3-day long meeting of the colonists and the Wampanoag people. Facts presented in this book are different from many of the accounts that we grew up learning about. This book is perfect from the teaching point of view and historical perspective. I like to juxtapose this book with the book listed next, Cornerstones of Freedom: The First Thanksgiving: Second Series. Students enjoy seeing the difference between the two accounts of that fateful meal.

    /content/dam/teachers/blogs/stacey-burt/migrated-files/0531208354_sm.jpgCornerstones of Freedom™: The First Thanksgiving: Second Series

    Students are transported in time when this book is shared with the class. It permits the students to feel as if they are present while history is being made. Illustrations and photos are fantastic and bring the text to life; however, there are some differences between this rendition and the account told in 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Students enjoy discussing the differences and why history is told from so many different perspectives.

    I hope you enjoy the books mentioned in this week's post. Please feel free to make suggestions or comments about other fall or Thanksgiving books that you use in your classroom.

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