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Unit 1: Listen to the Land



Come a Tide
by George Ella Lyon
Orchard, 1993
Families in a river community head for high ground when their homes are flooded.

Marshes and Swamps
by Lynn M. Stone
Childrens Press, 1983
Describes plants and animals that live in the wetlands; emphasizes the importance of wetlands to Earth's ecology.

In the Woods: Who's Been There?
by Lindsay Barrett George
Greenwillow, 1995 (32p)
As a brother and sister walk in the woods, they discover clues to the animals and plants that make the woods their home.

Our Home Is the Sea
by Riki Levinson
Puffin Books, 1992
School is over for the year, and a boy hurries home through the busy streets of Hong Kong to his houseboat home. He will join his father and grandfather on the fishing boat.

It Could Still Be a Desert
by Allan Fowler
Children's, 1997 (32p)
Different kinds of deserts and their characteristics are described in a simple photo essay.

Where Once There Was a Wood
by Denise Fleming
Holt, 1996 (32p)
Land that was once home to red foxes, herons, waxwings and other wildlife becomes a housing development.


Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean
by Arthur Dorros
Harper Collins, 1991
The author traces the course of water from rainfall to the sea.

The Little Painter of Sabana Grande
by Patricia Maloney
Macmillan Publishing, 1993
Fernando makes paints from the materials of his environment and paints the walls of his family's adobe house with the flora and fauna of the region.

A Log's Life
by Wendy Pfeffer
Simon & Schuster, 1997 (32p)
An oak tree toppled during a storm provides food and shelter for many critters as it decomposes over the years.

This Place Is Dry
by Vicki Cobb
Walker, 1993 (32p)
Cobb provides an introduction to the ecosystem of Arizona's Sonoran desert.

by Bonnie and Arthur Geisert
Houghton Mifflin, 1995 (32p)
Etchings and informative text bring to life the importance of one of the familiar aspects of a farm.


Maps and Mazes: A First Guide to Mapmaking
by G. Chapman/P. Robison.
The Millbrook Press, 1993
This book is a useful introduction to principles of maps and mazes, with projects children can create.

by Seymour Simon
Morrow, 1994 (32p)
Different types of mountains and how they evolved are the topics of this informative photo essay.

A Tree Is Growing
by Arthur Dorros
Scholastic, 1997 (32p)
The author describes the characteristics all trees have in common and how they grow and change over the years.

Prairie Dogs
by Emery & Durga Bernhard
Harcourt, 1998 (32p)
Prairie dogs live together in colonies called towns that can stretch for miles across prairie grasslands.

Wonders of Rivers
by Rae Bains
Troll Associates, 1982
The content covers the characteristics, origins, formation, and uses of rivers.


The Brook
by Alfred Tennyson
Orchard, 1994
The text offers Tennyson's familiar verses about a brook and includes a glossary.


by Philip Steele
Lerner, 1997 (32p)
Steele provides a discussion of the grassland ecosystem and an exploration of grasslands around the globe.

by Philip Sauvain
Lerner, 1997 (32p)
Sauvain's discussion of saltwater ecosystems includes information on coastlines, tides, and plant and animal life.

by Lionel Bender
Franklin Watts Ltd., 1988
The author describes the geography of rivers, river life, and uses of rivers.

Rivers and Lakes
by Martyn Bramwell
Franklin Watts Ltd., 1986
This book covers the birth and development of rivers and the varieties of water at work.



Geography: Five Themes for Planet Earth 21 min.
National Geographic, 1992

Discover the World: All About Globes 16 min.
Sunburst Communications, 1998

Discover the World: All About Maps 16 min.
Sunburst Communications, 1998

Trees for Life 22 min.
On Nature's Trail Series
National Geographic, 1995

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Unit 2: The Land and the First Americans



The Goat in the Rug
by Charles L. Blood/Martin Link
Macmillan Publishing, 1990
Geraldine the goat tells the story of how a Navajo weaver makes a rug.

The Shawnees: People of the Eastern Woodland
by Laurie A. O'Neill
The Millbrook Press, 1995
This book describes the life and culture of the Shawnees in the nineteenth century.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
by Chief Jake Swamp
Lee & Low, 1995 (32p)
The author provides an adaptation of a traditional Iroquois appreciation for the earth and all of its inhabitants.

The First Strawberries
by Joseph Bruchac
Dial, 1993 (32p) also paper
A Cherokee tale of friendship tells how an argument between the first man and woman is settled.

Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America
by Joseph Bruchac
Bridgewater, 1997 (32p)
From Anishinabe artists to Zuni elders, this alphabet book presents the diversity of Native Americans.


Under the Moon
by Dyan Sheldon
Dial, 1994
After finding an arrowhead in her garden, Jenny sleeps in her tent outside and dreams of the Native Americans who once lived there.

Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians
by Aliki
Harper Collins, 1986
The author explains how corn grows and how Native Americans cultivated it.

The Hopi
by Ann H. Tomchek
Childrens Press, 1992
This brief history of the Hopi describes their customs and beliefs and the changes modern civilization has brought.

Coyote and the Firestick
by Barbara Diamond Goldin
Harcourt, 1996 (32p)
Crafty Coyote brings fire to the people in this tale from the Pacific Northwest Indians.

Iktomi and the Buzzard: A Plains Indian Story
by Paul Goble
Orchard, 1994 (32p)
On the way to a powwow, the Plains Indian trickster Iktomi gets his comeuppance after making fun of a buzzard's appearance.


The Sacred Harvest
by Gordon Regguinti
Lerner Publications, 1992
Accompanying his father in their canoe, Glen takes part in his first wild rice harvest on the Bowstring River on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota.

Totem Pole
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday, 1990 (32p) also paper
This photo essay follows David and his father, members of the Tsimshian tribe, as they create a totem pole.

The Apaches
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Holiday, 1997 (32p)
The author discusses the lives, traditions, and ceremonies of the six Apache tribes.

Buffalo Days
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday, 1997 (32p)
Clarence Tree Irons and his family take part in the annual Crow Fair to celebrate their cultural history.


People of the Breaking Day
by Marcia Sewall
Macmillan Publishing, 1990
Wampanoags tell the story of their tribal lives at all seasons. The book is thoroughly researched, full of detail, and includes a glossary.

Four Ancestors: Stories, Songs, and Poems from Native North America
by Joseph Bruchac
Bridgewater, 1996 (96p)
A collection gathered from more than thirty Native American cultures is illustrated by four Native American artists.

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
by Susan Jeffers
Dial, 1991
This text offers a version of Chief Seattle's speech, made in the 1850s, when the U.S. government wanted to buy Native American lands.


From Abenaki to Zuni: A Dictionary of Native American Tribes
by Evelyn Wolfson
Walker and Co., 1988
This title provides descriptions of habitats, customs, food, means of travel, and modern descendants of sixty-eight North American Indian Tribes.

People of Salmon and Cedar
by Ron Hirshi
Dutton, 1996 (42p)
This look at the lives of the Northwest Coast Indians explores their cultural traditions and includes photos by Edward S. Curtis.

The Native American Look Book
by the Brooklyn Museum
The New Press, 1996 (48p)
Close examination of a Kwakiutl mask, a Pomo basket, and a Zuni water jar helps students to appreciate Native American art and culture.

A Rainbow at Night: The World in Words and Pictures by Navajo Children
by Bruce Hucko
Chronicle, 1996 (44p)
A collection of art by Navajo children is accompanied by photos of each artist and a description of the art in their own words.



People of the Forest 25 min.
Native American Series
Rainbow, 1994

Native American Life 25 min.
American History for Children
Schlessinger Video, 1996

Indians of the Southwest 17 min.
Native American Series
Barr Films, 1992


500 Nations (CD-ROM)
Microsoft, 1995

History Makers
Apple II software
The Learning Company


by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Spoken Arts, 1985

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Unit 3: Settling the Land



Anno's Journey
by Mitsumasa Anno
Putnam, 1992
A traveler on horseback moves through farm and village settings, past and present — a journey without words.

Where Does the Trail Lead?
by Burton Albert
Simon & Schuster, 1993
An African American boy spends a summer day vigorously exploring the seashore, rejoining his family at day's end.

Samuel Eaton's Diary
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1993
The author reconstructs a day in the life of a Pilgrim boy at Plimoth Plantation and provides a glossary.

Sarah Morton's Day
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1991
This photo-essay on a day in the life of a young girl at Plimoth Plantation also includes a glossary.

Prairie Town
by Bonnie and Arthur Geisert
Houghton Mifflin, 1998 (32p)
Detailed pictures and brief text chronicle life in a contemporary midwestern town through the changing seasons.

Tapenum's Day
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1996 (40p)
This photo essay recreates a day in the life of a Wampanoag Indian boy during Colonial times.

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express
by Eleanor Coerr
Harper, 1995 (64p) also paper
Sixteen-year-old Buffalo Bill finds adventure — and fame — when he delivers the mail for the Pony Express.

Sod Houses on the Great Plains
by Glen Rounds
Holiday, 1995 (32p)
The author, who was born in a sod house, explains how homesteaders on the plains made houses from the only material available.

by Jeannie Baker
Puffin Books, 1993
Looking through a window, we see a child's country environment become a scene of urban sprawl as the child grows.


Colonial People
by Sarah Howarth
The Millbrook Press, 1994
The book's art and text provide a realistic view of the people who made up colonial America.

Three Young Pilgrims
by Cheryl Harness
Simon and Schuster, 1995
Readers experience the settling of Plymouth as seen through the eyes of three young children.

Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea
by Vera Williams
Scholastic, 1990
Traveling from Kansas to the Pacific by camper, Stringbean and his brother send home postcards describing what they see and do.

The First Thanksgiving
by Jean C. George
Philomel Books, 1993
The author recounts how pilgrims and Native Americans gathered to share the bounty and celebrate our country's first Thanksgiving.

Boom Town
by Sonia Levitin
Orchard, 1998 (32p)
When Amanda bakes and sells gooseberry pies to the prospecters, she helps the growth of the California mining settlement.

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 1996 (32p)
A New England country barn is witness to two centuries of changing events and people.

Frontier House
by Rayond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 (40p)
Photos of pioneer tools, homes, and daily life reveal the strength and spirit of the early settlers of the west.


A Clearing in the Forest
by Joanne Henry
Macmillan Publishing, 1992
Elijah Fletcher's childhood includes lively adventures in school, at home, at the county fair, and on a steamboat ride to Cincinnati.

The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Alice Dalgiesh
Macmillan Publishing, 1991
In 1707, Sarah helps her father build a home in the Connecticut wilderness and is befriended by a Native American family.

From Path to Highway: The Story of the Boston Post Road
by Gail Gibbons
Harper Collins, 1986
The text traces the history of three mail routes from colonial times to the present.

. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
by Ann McGovern
Scholastic, 1991
This text contains questions and answers about the Pilgrims' voyage and daily lives.

N. C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
by Robert San Souci
Chronicle Books, 1991
N. C. Wyeth's splendid illustrations enhance this account of the Pilgrims' journey to America.

Mississippi Mud
by Ann Turner
Harper, 1997 (48p)
Amanda and her brothers each keep journals as their family travels by wagon train to Oregon.

Children of the Wild West
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 1983 (128p) also paper
Historical photos show what life was like for pioneer and Indian children in the late nineteenth century.


Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Harper Collins, 1975
Several chapters tell how Pa builds a log cabin and what goes in it.

The Pilgrims of Plimoth
by Marcia Sewall
Atheneum, 1986
Recreates the coming of the Pilgrims to Plimoth and tells the story of their daily lives in the early years.


US Kids History Book of the New American Nation
by Marlene Smith-Baranzini/Howard Egger-Bovet
Little Brown & Co, 1995
This collection of stories, games, maps and songs documents rapid changes in our country's early history.

A Pionner Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
by Barbara Greenwood
Houghton Mifflin, 1997 (240p)
A blend of fact and fiction chronicles a year in the life of a pioneer family. Includes illustrated historical notes.

West by Covered Wagon: Retracing the Pioneer Trails
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Walker, 1995 (32p)
Each year the Montana Wagoneers, a pioneer-reenactment society, duplicate the journeys of early pioneers as closely as possible.



Island of Secret Memories 20 min.
On Location: Travels to the Past Series
Vox Productions, 1987

The Mayflower Voyagers 24 min.
This Is America, Charlie Brown Series
Paramount, 1994

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Unit 4: The Land Today



The Night Ones
by Patricia Grossman
Harcourt Brace, 1991
Five workers — an office cleaner, a doorman, a baker, an air traffic controller, and a dock worker — perform their tasks at night.

Cranberry Summer
by Wendy and Harry Devlin
Macmillan Publishing, 1992
An abandoned circus donkey brings excitement to a Fourth of July celebration.

Dara's Cambodian New Year
by Sothea Chiemruom
Half Moon, 1992
To celebrate the New Year, Dara paints a picture of his native Cambodia.

Hurray for the Fourth of July
by Wendy Watson
Houghton Mifflin, 1992
Traditional songs and rhymes add to the celebration of the Fourth of July.

Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
by Kate Waters/Madeline Slovenz-Low
Scholastic, 1990
On this Chinese New Year, Ernie will perform his first Lion Dance.

In 1776
by Jean Marzollo
Scholastic, 1994
The rhyming text identifies some basic concepts of liberty and independence.

Harvest Year
by Cris Peterson
Boyds Mills, 1996 (32p)
This photo essay describes the different foods that are harvested year-round in the United States.

Someday a Tree
by Eve Bunting
Clarion, 1993 (32p)
A girl plants an acorn after chemicals kill her favorite oak tree.

Betsy Ross
by Alexandra Wallner
Holiday, 1994 (32p)
A picture book biography of the woman credited with sewing the first American flag.

A Very Important Day
by Maggie Rugg Herold
Morrow, 1995 (32p)
On a snowy day, immigrant families from all over New York go to the federal courthouse to be sworn in as citizens.

Just a Dream
by Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin, 1990 (32p)
Walter refuses to stop littering until he dreams of a polluted future. The dream changes his mind about caring for the earth.

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids
by Gail Gibbons
Little, 1992 (32p)
Readers learn tips for recycling paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic.


Our People
by Angela Shelf Medearis
Atheneum, 1994
An African American father and daughter explore their heritage throughout history.

Dragon Parade
by Steven A. Chin
Steck-Vaughn, 1993
An immigrant grocer introduces Chinese New Year celebrations to San Francisco.

Fourth of July Bear
by Kathryn Lasky
Morrow, 1991
Rebecca celebrates the Fourth of July with a new friend on a Maine island.

Luka's Quilt
by George Guback
Greenwillows, 1993
Luka and her grandmother attend a Lei Day celebration.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Dial, 1993
Between December 26 and January 1, millions of families observe Kwanzaa by reflecting on seven important principles.

A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution
by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Morrow, 1990
The U.S. Constitution is explained for young readers.

The Buck Stops Here: The President of the United States
by Alice Provensen
Harper and Row, 1992
Important details about each U.S. President are presented in simple text.

I Pledge Allegiance
by June Swanson
Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1990
This book tells about the background, creation, and adoption of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ruby Mae Has Something To Say
by David Small
Crown Publishers, 1992
Ruby Mae learns that speaking plainly is the best way to get universal peace and understanding.

Portrait of a Farm Family
by Raymond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 1995 (48p)
Photographs chronicle the Steidingers, a fourth-generation farm family, as they run their dairy farm.

Bald Eagles
by Patricia R. Quiri
Childrens, 1998 (48p)
A look at the life and habitat of the bald eagle, an endangered species that is one of our nation's most familiar symbols.

The Story of the White House
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1991 (32p)
Photographs and text trace the history of the White House from its beginning in swampland to the present day.

A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall
by David A. Adler
Holiday, 1997 (32p)
An easy biography of the pioneering Supreme Court justice and civil rights crusader.

Giants in the Land
by Diana Applebaum
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 (32p)
The story of how the giant pines that once grew all over New England have almost become extinct.


George Washington's Breakfast
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1984
George Washington Allen tries to find out what George Washington ate for breakfast.

The President's Cabinet and How it Grew
by N. W. Parker
Harper Collins, 1992
Gives account of a dozen President's cabinets, from Washington onward, and explains the function of each post.

How My Family Lives in America
by Susan Kuklin
Macmillan Publishing, 1992
Three young children explain customs of their families based on a parent's place of birth — Senegal, Puerto Rico, Taiwan.

And Still the Turtle Watched
by S. MacGill-Callahan
Dial, 1991
A rock turtle keeps watch over the land until it is gradually destroyed by human carelessness.

Pearl Moscowitz's Last Stand
by Arthur Levine
Tambourine, 1993
Pearl enjoys all the new kinds of neighbors who move into her neighborhood, but hates to see the trees go one by one.

The Fourth of July
by Mary Kay Phelan
Crowell, 1966
Tells of the events leading to the Declaration of Independence, and modern celebrations.

Imani's Gift of Kwanzaa
by Denise Burden-Patmon
Simon & Schuster, 1992
Imani learns to celebrate Kwanzaa and share its meaning with another child.

All About Our 50 States
by Margaret Ronan
Random House, 1978
Maps, facts, legends and lore about the states are presented.

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1987
The thirteen states decided they needed a national government, so in 1787, delegates gathered in Philadelphia to work out a plan.

Waterman's Boy
by Susan Sharp
Bradbury Press, 1990
Two boys from a small town on Chesapeake Bay help a scientist interested in cleaning up the water.

Places of Refuge: Our National Wildlife Refuge System
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Clarion, 1992 (80p)
An examination of how wildlife refuges in South Dakota, Georgia, Texas, Alaska, and California maintain a balance with the environment.

I'm New Here
by Bud Howlett
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 (32p)
Jazmin Escalante, an immigrant from El Salvador, recounts her first days of school in America.

The Vote: Making Your Voice Heard
by Linda Scher
Raintree, 1992 (48p)
A discussion of who can vote, how and where to vote, and how to vote wisely.

The Voice of the People: American Democracy in Action
by Betty Maestro
Lothrop, 1996
An explanation of the three branches of government and the process by which citizens elect their leaders.


Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
by Faith Ringgold
Hyperion, 1993
Portraits of famous African American women come alive at Aunt Connie's house.

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History
by Lynne Cherry
Harcourt Brace, 1992
Details the history of the Nashua River's increasing pollution and subsequent cleanup.

All in a Day's Work: Twelve Americans Talk About Their Jobs
by Neil Johnson
Little, Brown & Co., 1989
A social worker, a musician, and a nurse are three of twelve Americans who talk about their jobs.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags
by James Cross Giblin
Houghton Mifflin, 1983
The author tells the story behind the celebration and symbols of Independence Day.

From Sea to Shining Sea
by Amy Cohn
Sholastic, 1993 (416p)
More than 140 folktales, songs, poems, and eassys reveal the rich cultural mosaic of the United States.


How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States
by Rita D. Haban
Lerner Publications, 1989
The author presents the history, design, and significance of each state flag.

My Fellow Americans: A Family Album
by Alice Provenson
Harcourt Brace, 1995
This pictorial collection portrays people of various cultures who have made our country great.

How the White House Really Works
by George Sullivan
Scholastic, 1990
Readers take a behind-the-scenes look at the home of the President of the United States.

The News Media
by Ruth and Mike Wolveron
Franklin, Watts Ltd., 1981
An introduction to the news media with emphasis on the tools and techniques used in developing a story.

National Parks of North America
by The National Geographic Society
1995 (338p)
This collection includes maps and information on national parks in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.



Bitty Explores Rural Communities 12 min.
Society for Visual Education, 1994

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest 72 min.
Fox, 1992

Greentoons: Environmentally Aware Animation 45 min.
Picture Start, 1992

Trees for Life 22 min.
On Nature's Trail Series
National Geographic, 1995

Communications 15 min.
Your Town Series #02
National Geographic, 1990

U.S. Songs and Poems 25 min.
American History for Children Series
Schlessinger Video, 1996

United States Constitution 25 min.
American History for Children:
Schlessinger Video, 1996

Celebrating Our Differences: Language 20 min.
National Geographic, 1993

Celebrate 24 min.
Coronet/MTI, 1993


Let's Help This Planet
by Kim and Jerry Brodey
The Children's Group, 1994

Teaching the Music of Six Different Cultures
by Luvenia A. George
World Music Press, 1988

A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution
by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Spoken Arts, 1992

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