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ERIC Number: EJ1226430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Operation Little Vittles: Teaching the Berlin Airlift with Twin Texts
Britt, Judy
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v29 n2 p8-13 Nov-Dec 2016
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) underscore the importance of reading both informational and narrative texts with elementary students. Reporting on the 2009 reading framework of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) CCSS authors proposed that elementary teachers should strive for a 50/50 balance of narrative and informational text for elementary reading. When students read texts with related themes, they learn to make connections among ideas and between texts. The books included in this article examine the usefulness of pairing a simpler picture book with a more complex informational book as a way of integrating history and geography. Books selected for this twin text unit are aligned with National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS) theme TIME, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE, which advises that students in elementary grades use a variety of sources to learn about historical events. With theme PEOPLE, PLACES, AND ENVIRONMENTS, students create spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world. Theme GLOBAL CONNECTIONS states that elementary students benefit from learning experiences that include global connections and interdependence. Geography for Life: National Geography Standards describes elementary students learning how to apply geography to interpret the past.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: West Germany