Weaving Children’s Literature into Social Studies K–5
Suggested Time: 15 minutes
- copies of Social Studies Program of Studies
- Facilitate introductions by having participants provide
their names, grades taught, and school (and district if appropriate).
a summary of the goals for the day:
- Become familiar with a
broad selection of powerful and useful books.
- Work with
several key books and develop some strategies for using
them in the social studies classroom.
- Share ideas, strategies
and experiences using children’s literature in the social
- Conduct a brief overview of the curriculum, focusing particularly
on the following aspects, since these, in addition to the content
areas, are well addressed or supported by many children’s literature
- Multiple perspectives
- The core concepts of Citizenship
- The Aboriginal and Francophone threads
- The central skill
of Research and Inquiry
- The Strands (which will be addressed
in the third section of the day)
- Environment as a recurring
- Current events
- Skills emphasized as much as knowledge
- Problem areas as
far a resources are concerned (e.g. Acadia, prairie communities,
Tunisia, Peru, Ukraine)
This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.