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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

Black Frontiers
TITLE - Black Frontiers: A History of African American Heroes in the Old West
PUBLISHER- Aladdin Paperbacks © 2000
PRICE- $8.99 ($8.09 members)
AUTHOR - Lillian Schlissel
GRADE LEVEL - 5-8
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Geography, history, sociology, and anthropology

SYNOPSIS - The book chronicles the life and times of African American men and women who settled the West from 1865 to the early 1900s. Rare vintage photographs and fascinating accounts of their real-life history let the reader meet these brave individuals face-to-face.

 

Children of the Wild West
TITLE - Children of the Wild West
PUBLISHER- Clarion Books © 1983
PRICE- $9.95 ($8.95 members)
AUTHOR - Russell Freedman
GRADE LEVEL - 5-8
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Geography, history, sociology, and anthropology

SYNOPSIS - Fascinating photographs document this story about American young people of the nineteenth-century American West. The reader learns about the experiences of the children of pioneer families and about the Indian boys and girls of the day.

 

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- $6.99 ($6.29 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.

 

Harmony of the Arts
TITLE - A Harmony of the Arts: The Nebraska State Capitol
PUBLISHER- University of Nebraska Press © 1990
PRICE- $19.95 ($17.95 members)
AUTHOR - Frederick C. Luebke, Editor
GRADE LEVEL - Grades 3-12 and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and environments
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Area studies, geography

SYNOPSIS - The architectural achievement of the Nebraska State Capitol is surveyed in words and pictures. Contributions of the architect, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue; the symbolist, Hartley Burr Alexander; the sculptor, Lee Lawry; the mosaicist, Hildreth Meiere; and the landscapist, Ernst Herminghaus, are detailed. The book offers new ways of looking at Nebraska's magnificent capitol.

 

Homes of the West
TITLE - Homes of the West (Life in the Old West Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 1999
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.15 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie Kalman
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4, and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and environments
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Area studies, geography

SYNOPSIS - The homes discussed in this book range from Native American dwellings to soddies to log cabins to the homes of the wealthy pioneers. The settlers learned to build homes by using materials they found in nature.

 

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.


Old Time-Toys
TITLE - Old Time-Toys (Historic Communities Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 1995
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.16 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie Kalman and David Schimpky
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4, and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - History, sociology, and anthropology

SYNOPSIS - In the 1800s, children had little time to play. This is a good resource book of early toys and the people who created them.

 

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.

Pioneer Projects
TITLE - Pioneer Projects (Historic Communities Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 1997
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.16 members)
AUTHOR ­ Bobbie Kalman
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4, and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture

SYNOPSIS - The pioneers could not afford to throw anything away, no matter how worn out it became. The pioneers also used things that grew in their area, such as fruits, vegetables, leaves, and berries, to create toys, treats, and gifts. This book gives directions for creating your own crafts with things that can be found in your home or around the neighborhood.

 

Pioneer Recipes
TITLE - Pioneer Recipes (Historic Communities Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 2001
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.16 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie Kalman and Lynda Hale
GRADE LEVEL - Elementary resource, Middle / Junior High
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Sociology

SYNOPSIS - As well as pioneer recipes, the illustrated book includes pioneer food preparation directions, safety tips, and cooking terms.

Quilt-Block History
TITLE - The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days: With Projects Kids Can Make
PUBLISHER- Millbrook Press © 1995
PRICE- $8.95 ($8.05 members)
AUTHOR - Mary Cobb
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Culture
TYPICAL COURSE USE - History, sociology

SYNOPSIS - The book presents the history of American pioneers through the quilts they made. Easy papercraft projects will let you make your own quilt blocks without sewing a single stitch.

 

Schoolyard Games
TITLE - Schoolyard Games (Historic Communities Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 2001
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.16 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie Kalman and Heather Levigne
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4, and resource
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - Individuals, groups, and institutions
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, and history

SYNOPSIS - This book is a good resource for the study of schoolyard games in early pioneer days, when children studied at home or went to one-room schools. Since there was little time to play at home, they enjoyed playing games with their friends in the schoolyard.

 

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.

 

wagon train
TITLE - The Wagon Train (Life in the Old West Series)
PUBLISHER- Crabtree Publishing © 1999
PRICE- $7.95 ($7.16 members)
AUTHOR - Bobbie Kalman
GRADE LEVEL - 3, 4
SOCIAL STUDIES THEME - People, places, and environment
TYPICAL COURSE USE - Area studies, geography

SYNOPSIS - When the American government offered land in the wide-open spaces of the West to anyone who would move there in the mid-1800s, the wagon trains came into being as the main mode of transportation to the "promised land." This book describes the trails, the preparations needed for the trip, and the hardships the travelers faced.

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