Weaving Children’s Literature into Social Studies K –5

E. Traditions and Lifestyle Activity

Suggested Time: 20 minutes

Materials:

  • overhead of Lifestyle, Traditions and Culture of India to be Discovered in Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India – from the TEXT (Appendix XI)
  • books as suggested

Participant Handout:

  • blank paper
  • copies of curriculum
  1. Arrange participants into grade groupings and have each group or pair of teachers read one or two stories that fit with their curriculum.
  1. Ask participants as they read to identify and list such things as lifestyle, traditions, culture, customs, landform, climate or other curriculum outcomes that can be discovered in the story, the illustrations, and even in any accompanying material, such as notes at the end of the story.
  2. The book box collection includes the following stories to use in this activity:

    • Gr. K, 1, 2 – A Promise is a Promise
    • Gr. K, 2 – Mama, Do You Love Me?
    • Gr. K, 4 – Bibi and the Bull
    • Gr. 1 – Keeping Quilt
    • Gr. 1 – Legend of Old Befana
    • Gr. 1 – Something From Nothing
    • Gr. 1, 2 – Growing-Up Tree
    • Gr. 2 – Lobster in My Pocket
    • Gr. 2 – Promise is a Promise
    • Gr. 2 – Boy of the Deeps
    • Gr. 2 – Claire's Gift
    • Gr. 2 – Going Lobstering
    • Gr. 3 – Anklet for a Princess
    • Gr. 3 – Shaman’s Apprentice
    • Gr. 3 – Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
    • Gr. 3 – Luba and the Wren
    • Gr. 3 – King’s Chessboard
    • Gr. 3 – Birdman
    • Gr. 3 – Shaman’s Apprentice
    • Gr. 3 – In the Heart of the Village
    • Gr. 3 – Birdman
    • Gr. 4 – Hidden Buffalo
    • Gr. 4 – Name of the Child
    • Gr. 4 – Strongest Man This Side of Cremona
    • Gr. 5 – Sugaring-Off Party
    • Gr. 5 – Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish
    • Gr. 5 – Flying Canoe
    • Gr. 5 – Storm at Batoche
    • Gr. 5 – Secret of the Dance
    • Gr. 5 – Follow the Drinking Gourd
    • Gr. 5 – Spirit of Canada selection, such as Caught Between Fire and Ice or The Long Journey of “Our Dog.”

    Additional titles that might be used for this activity include:

    • Gr. K – Thomas’ Snowsuit
    • Gr. K – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    • Gr. K – Wanda and the Wild Hair
    • Gr. K – Where the Wild Things Are
    • Gr. K – Color of His Own
    • Gr. K – Love You Forever
    • Gr. K – Chrysanthemum
    • Gr. K – 50 Below Zero
    • Gr. 1 – Jingle Dancer
    • Gr. 1 – My Kokum Called Today
    • Gr. 1 – Quilt Story
    • Gr. 1 – Betty Doll
    • Gr. 1 – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    • Gr. 1 – Our Tree Named Steve
    • Gr. 1, 3 – Rechenka’s Eggs
    • Gr. 2 – Eye of the Needle
    • Gr. 2 – Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt
    • Gr. 2 – Quilt Story
    • Gr. 2 – The Very Last First Time
    • Gr. 2 – Nutik, the Wolf Pup
    • Gr. 2, 4, 5 – Qu'Appelle
    • Gr. 2, 4 – Prairie Willow
    • Gr. 2, 4 – One Duck
    • Gr. 2 – Grace for an Island Meal
    • Gr. 2 – Carry Me, Mama
    • Gr. 2 – Sled Dog for Moshi
    • Gr. 3 – Bird’s Gift
    • Gr. 3 – Carolina’s Gift
    • Gr. 3 – Tonight is Carnaval
    • Gr. 3 – Boy Who Ran with the Gazelles
    • Gr. 3, 6 – Enough
    • Gr. 3 – Aani and the Tree Huggers
    • Gr. 3 – Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale
    • Gr. 3 – Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Ukrainian Folk Tale
    • Gr. 3 – Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains
    • Gr. 4, 5 – Mare's Egg
    • Gr. 4, 5 – Josepha: A Prairie Boy’s Story
    • Gr. 4 – Tiger’s New Cowboy Boots
    • Gr. 4 – Under a Prairie Sky
    • Gr. 4 – New Land: A First Year on the Prairie
    • Gr. 4 – Belle’s Journey
    • Gr. 5 – Silver Threads
    • Gr. 5 – Red Sash
    • Gr. 5 – any selections from Spirit of Canada: Canada’s Story in Legends, Fiction, Poems, and Songs
    • Gr. 5 – Stoneboat
    • Gr. 5 – Grandfather’s Journey
    • Gr. 5 – I Could Do That!
  1. Provide participants with copies of the curriculum for reference during this activity.

Appendix XI provides a sample of this activity done for Anklet for a Princess. This may be given as a handout and also placed on the overhead for easy reference during the activity. The title of the document is Lifestyle, Traditions and Culture of India to be Discovered in Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India – from the TEXT, and the document filename is Anklet for Princess.doc.

A multicultural Cinderella activity entitled Multicultural Cinderella Project for Grade 3 Social Studies, filename Multicultural Cinderella.doc, is available on the CD-ROM, and included as Appendix XII. It is specifically for the grade 3 curriculum, and integrates Language Arts and vocabulary development.

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Weaving Children’s Literature into Social Studies K–5 was developed by the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and ATEP Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, University of Alberta as a result of a grant to support implementation from Alberta Education.