Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 1, Number 3, Winter 2006
Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: It’s Back to School We Go!
The University of Montevallo
It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories From Around the World by Ellen Jackson, is a fiction book, using short, first-person narratives to compare the first day of school for 11 children from different countries. The lesson plan, designed for grade levels 3-5, asks students to compare and contrast their own lives with those of the characters in the book. Students learn that humans from diverse cultural environments interpret similar childhood experiences from different, yet interesting, frames of reference. Exchange of perspectives and ideas may assist students in visualizing themselves as world citizens capable of promoting global understanding. The lesson plan includes graphic organizers and examples to implement the lesson.
About the Author(s)…
Janie Hubbard is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Montevallo in Alabama and teaches elementary social studies methods and the integrated curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has several years of experience as an elementary educator in various U.S. public and international school settings. Her research interests include social studies curriculum and instruction, teacher collaboration, oral history, and peace education. Contact information: HubbardJD@montevallo.edu