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Teaching Ancient Civilization with Children’s Literature: The Desert Is Theirs



The Desert Is Theirs, written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall talks about the close relationship of people, animals and how they share the land. The author addresses the many aspects of living in the desert from what the desert looks like, how it feels (weather) and what is living in the desert (animals, plants, ect). This book can teach children about different cultures and their views.

Curriculum Connections:

The Desert Is Theirs would be great for teachers to read aloud to their third grade class. This is because there are some lengthy pages and difficult words to pronounce. The book has detailed pictures the students can look at. The students can go online and research the Papago tribe to understand their culture. (SOL 3.2)

Additional Resources:

Ancient Civilization Clipart and Photos– These photos are perfect to hang in your classroom when you are teaching your lesson on Ancient Civilization. This gives kids a visual way to understand our history.

The Middle East and Beyond– The students become a traveler which they are to explore the Middle-East to gain an understanding of cultures and where they exist

Lesson Plan Central– This website allows students to learn lessons and worksheets on Ancient Civilization

Book: The Desert Is Theirs

Author: Bryd Baylor

Illustrator: Peter Parnall

Publication Date: 1975

Grade Range: 2-5

ISBN: 33082001937878

Teaching Process Skills with Children’s Literature: The Simple Truth About Scientists


Introduction and Summary
In the book, The Simple Truth About Scientists, written and illustrated by Donna Farland it discusses the many myth’s about scientists. The book explains five different myth’s that are associated with scientists. The myths are scientists only work in laboratories, wear lab coats, cause explosions, are geeky, and lastly scientists are geniuses. The book then gives examples to counter the five myths. One myth from the book said scientists are geeky, the book then states the truth by saying many normal people of all races enjoy being scientists. This book is great for kindergartners and first graders to help them know the real truth about scientists.

Curriculum Connections
This book helps students understand the five myths of scientists. It could be taught to simplify areas in science. (K.1b) In the book it discusses that scientists spend most of their time observing  and collecting their data for tests. (K2.b) Scientists need to use thier brain to describe the objects around them. (K.1f) Scientists when mixing chemicals together do a lot of observating and then predicting the outcomes.

Additional Resources

  • Color Mixing– allows the students to work hands-on. Students need to get used to handling science tools. This lesson allows the students to understand the idea of scientific experimentation. The students will mix different colors together seeing  the different outcomes of the colors
  • Caterpillars to Butterflies– This lesson plan lets student observe the development of caterpillar into butterflies. This teaches students how to observe which is one major part of being a scientists
  • Water Magic– This lesson allows students to use everyday experiments to help them understand the scientific method. Students are able to observe and experiment the three physical forms of water.

Book: The Simple Truth About Scientists
Author: Donna Farland
Illustrator: Donna Farland & Jessica Prescott
Publisher: Authentic Perceptions Press
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 1- 11
Grade Range- K-1
ISBN: 0-9724170-2-8

Teaching Economics with Children’s Literature: The Giving Tree


The Giving Tree, written by Shel Silverstein, is about a little boy who would visit the same apple tree every day. On his visits he would play games, eat the apples and swing from the tree. As the boy grew older the boy left the tree alone. Until one day the boy finally visited the tree and asked the tree how he could make money. The tree told him to take the apples off the branches and sell them in the city. The boy continued to barely come visit, but when he did he always asked for something in return, until one day the tree had nothing to give.

Curriculum Connections
This book can teach children the art of giving and how to make a profit. The tree gave everything to the boy from her apples, to her branches and eventually her own trunk. The book also showed that the boy would be able to make a profit off the trees apples by selling them in the city. As a result the ending proved that the value of friendship can take you a long way. ( 2.7) Students will be able to understand what natural resources are from the tree giving away its branches and tree trunk to the boy. (2.9) The boy had to make a choice by using the trees apples to make a profit.

Additional Sources

Book: The Giving Tree
Author:  Shel Silverstein
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 50 pages
Grade Range: Recommended K-2
ISBN: 780060 58751

Teaching Civics with Children’s Literature: How We Crossed the West


In the book How We Crossed the West The Adventures of Lewis & Clark, President Thomas Jefferson and the Congress of the United States asked Captain Lewis to explore the Western rivers across North America to the western ocean.  Lewis asked friend, William Clark to help lead the Corps of discovery on a journey that would lead to many new discoveries. The expeditition began on May 1, 1804. Throughout the two year journey the corps of discovery accomplished new detailed maps, plants and animals unknown to science, and established peaceful relations with the Indians. On Sunday September 21, 1806, the explores successfully returned to St. Louis with new discoveries from their two year long journey.

Curriculum Connections
How We Crossed the West can be used for K through 5th grade students. This book describes the route Lewis & Clark took from Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. On their route to the Pacific ocean they discovered unknown plants and animals. Also they learned the customs, languages, and artifacts of western Indian nations. The children are able to learn new types of plants discovered by the corps like osage orange, salmonberry, and prairie apple. A teacher can include maps of the routes Lewis & Clark discovered on their expedition. (VA SOL 2.10a,d,e; 3.10b; 3.11d)

Additional Resources

Book: How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis & Clark
 Rosalyn Schanzer
National Geographic Society
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