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Below is a list of resources for teaching social studies and Nebraska history.

The list includes grade level, synopsis, and it is keyed to the Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education, May 1998. This list was compiled by NSHS educators.

Books are available from the Nebraska State Historical Society Store at the Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P streets, Lincoln, NE 68501, phone 1-800-833-6747 or 402-471-3447.

Alphabetical by Title

Dandelions
TITLE - Dandelions
PUBLISHER- Harcourt, Brace & Company © 1995
PRICE- $7.00 ($6.30 members)
AUTHOR - Eve Bunting
GRADE LEVEL - 3,4
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and environments
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Area studies, geography

SYNOPSIS - The story tells of Zoe and her family as they cross the prairie in a wagon pulled by oxen. Their overwhelming emotions are described as they face the journey to a new land and the changes they will need to make when they arrive.

 

Games From Long Ago
TITLE - Games From Long Ago (Historic Communities Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 1995
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.15 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie, Kalman
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4, and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - History, sociology, anthropology

SYNOPSIS - Twelve old-time games, ranging from parlor games to classroom games, are described, and playing directions are given.

 

Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
TITLE - The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
PUBLISHER- Aladdin Paperbacks © 1978
PRICE- $7.99 ($7.19 members)
AUTHOR - Paul Goble
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - History, sociology, anthropology

SYNOPSIS - This is the story of a young Native American girl and her devotion to the care of her tribe's horses. She eventually becomes one of them, to forever run free.

 

If You Traveled West
TITLE - If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
PUBLISHER- Scholastics Inc. © 1986
PRICE- $6.99 ($6.29 members)
AUTHOR - Ellen Levine
GRADE LEVEL - 3,4
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and environments
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Area studies, geography

SYNOPSIS - In a question-and-answer format, the book tells the reader what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.


Nebraska Adventure
TITLE - The Nebraska Adventure
PUBLISHER - Gibbs Smith, © 2005
PRICE - $37.95 ($34.16 NSHS members); cloth
AUTHOR - Jean A. Lukesh
GRADE LEVEL - 4th
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and government
TYPICAL COURSE USE - History, geography, economics, and government of Nebraska

SYNOPSIS -Textbook for Nebraska 4th grade teachers; includes lesson plans, activity pages, timelines, maps, and more.


A One-Room School
TITLE - A One-Room School (Historic Communities Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 1994
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.16 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie Kalman
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4, and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Individuals, groups, and institutions
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, history

SYNOPSIS - The experiences of going to a one-room school are described in this book. The rules, regulations, routines, and activities are presented in an easy-to-understand way.

 

Perkey's
TITLE- Perkey's Nebraska Place Names
PUBLISHER- Nebraska State Historical Society © 1995
PRICE- $13.95 ($12.55 members)
AUTHOR - Elton A. Perkey
GRADE LEVEL - Grades 3-12 and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and environments
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Area studies, geography

SYNOPSIS - Organized by county, this text provides origins of names of Nebraska towns, post offices, cities, and counties, as well as some dates of establishment and peak population.

These Were The Sioux
TITLE - These Were The Sioux
PUBLISHER- University of Nebraska Press Bison Books © 1988
PRICE- $11.95 ($10.75 members)
AUTHOR - Mari Sandoz
GRADE LEVEL - Middle School / Junior High
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Geography, history, sociology, and anthropology

SYNOPSIS - Mari Sandoz remembers growing up among Sioux Indians in the Sandhills of Nebraska. "The Sioux Indians came into my life before I had any preconceived notions about them," she writes. Written in her last decade, the book takes the reader far inside a world of rituals surrounding puberty, courtship, and marriage, as well as the hunt and the battle.

 

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