Elementary Social Studies Advocates

December 2015 Newsletter

Closing out the Semester

Most of you are finishing up the semester and looking forward to a long break before turning your attention to the spring. Here are a few opportunities to think about; an oral history workshop, learning about the Civil War, and a spring AISD/Book People program on the Calpurnia Tate books. Read on for more information.

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Book People and AISD Announce Calpurnia Tate LIteracy Program

AISD and Book People are partnering in a Winter-Spring 2016 literacy venture to engage students with the Newbery Honor winning Calpurnia Tate books by Austin author Jacqueline Kelly. Set at a significant time in Texas history that coincides with the Galveston hurricane of 1900, these books center around a young girl who falls in love with studying nature and science at a time when girls weren’t supposed to think about those kinds of careers. All program resources will all be available by January 1 at: http://bookpeople.com/calpurniatate. Primarily recommended for grades 5-8, this may also appeal to 4th grade classes studying Texas history. With an emphasis on outdoor exploration and observation, this program ties into classroom discussions of Texas history, gender bias, natural sciences, weather, life sciences, and available careers in STEM fields. Calpurnia Tate is designed to run in schools from January through May. More details will follow later this month.

Washington Crosses the Delaware, 1851, Emanuel Leutze

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