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The American Journey—8th grade Social Studies
Things that the internet could be substituted for the book:
1. Pictures and quotes from the articles of constitution
2. Information on money from the colonial time period
3. Pros and cons of the articles of confederation
The advantage of the internet over the book is that there are many more sources that the students could compare. The answer could be determined by the student based on the most popular and most common answers found online. Also, using the internet would mean that students wouldn’t have to worry about carrying a book around all the time and would be able to ease worry about forgetting a necessary book at school if they needed it for homework.
However, the book would have a few advantages over the internet. It is published and then approved by the school district distributing the book, so it would be valid. Also, it would ensure that the students were all learning the same things. It is much more difficult to track if the student is learning what is necessary if it is online. Also, teachers must be aware that not every student has access to the internet at home, and may not be able to find a place to use the internet before any homework is due. This would be especially true if there is not block scheduling.
ISBN: 978-0078777127
Copyright date: January 2008
Sixth Edition
Publishers: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Joyce Oldham Appleby and Alan Brinkley
Price: $95.32
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Brief description of book: This book is targeted toward middle school students, and is used mostly in 6th- 8th grade classrooms. It covers American history from pre-exploration up to the present.
Internet resources:
This website has links to many other US history resources and would be very beneficial in trying to teach a large amount of material. It covers most of American History and has teacher resources as well as a place for students to post their work.

This website is a teacher resource website for high school history teachers, but has many awesome links that could be used in any history classroom!
Reflections: I think that internet resources are awesome and can teach the students in a much more interactive way than textbooks. However, I think that it is important that the students are all learning the same thing. Textbooks have the necessary information in one place that can be found easily. I think that internet websites and resources should definitely be used as supplementary resources that enhance learning for students. If the textbook is the only thing being used, I think that it becomes a problem because the students become bored and disinterested in learning. Each resource has its own place, and I think they can both be in the classroom!
Jen Howard 1:30 Monday


Textbook Name: Social Studies: A Child’s View
ISBN #: 0-15-347125-5
Copyright: 2007
Edition #: Not applicable
Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers
Authors: Dr. Michael J. Berson, Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, Dr. Cinthia Salinas
Price: $67.47
Other Information: This is a hardback 1st grade Social Studies textbook.

1. Brief description of the items in the book.
This book will provide a basis for students who are just being exposed to Social Studies for the first time. It will include simple content areas such as meeting people and learning to appreciate the country we live in, and will go as far to talk about the rights of citizens and rules and laws we must all follow.

2. Internet site(s) and descriptions that would be appropriate to use instead of the book.
In this book, students will learn about where people live, which includes finding where you are, land and water, and people and places. Instead of using the textbook to learn about these concepts, the teacher could use an interactive learning lesson using Google Earth (www.Maps.google.com/earthview). This will allow the students to use technology in the classroom, while using a visual to learn rather than words off of a page. 1st graders also learn to meet other students from different countries. A wonderful online resource is http://www.apples4theteacher.com/socialstud.html . This site shows different interactive games children can play to get accustomed to different cultures.

3. Reflection/Thoughts on why one is better than the other.
In our opinion, textbooks are still necessary tools for students to use in the classroom. Many children use the textbook as a reference when working on written assignments or in preparation for a test. We believe online activities should be used as a supplement to the textbook. In other words, online interactive games/activities can enhance a lesson and help students to make the content applicable.

4. Brittany Boyers and Shelbi Sasse -- 10:30 Wednesday


From Sea to Prairie: A Primer of Kansas Geology

ISBN # 1-58806-129-9
Educational Series 6
Kansas Geological Survey

Author: Catherine S. Evans
Price: $5; can be purchased by calling the KGS Publication Sales office at (785) 864-3965 and ask for “Educational Series 6”
More: Paperback, less than 2 lbs, includes charts and maps

1. Description: The geology primer covers the history of Kansas geology from its beginning thousands of years ago. The chapters cover how Kansas has changed over time, geologic eras, rocks and minerals, fossils, landforms and landscapes and a variety of maps. After covering Kansas as a whole, the primer covers each of the state’s physiographic regions in minor detail with pictures.
2. Internet Sites and Description:
A: http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Extension/home.html: This website is operated by the Kansas Geological Survey and features just about everything one needs to know about Kansas Geology including downloadable factsheets and field trip ideas. This website has quite a bit more information on Kansas geology as a whole, but not as much information on the physiographic regions. Overall this website is more useful than the text.
B: http://geology.com/states/kansas.shtml: This website provides an overview of Kansas geology and plenty of geologic and geographic maps. This website features more areas of emphasis of Kansas geology, including Kansas earthquakes, but overall is not as strong as the textbook.
C:http://www.msstate.edu/dept/geosciences/CT/TIG/WEBSITES/LOCAL/Summer2003/Geyer_Thomas/Geology_of_Kansas.html : This Website features the major themes in Kansas geology as well as eye witness data. The website is solid, but does not add anything more than what is in the text, other than the eyewitness data. The information also does not go as far in-depth as the text.

3. Reflections and Thoughts: Call me old fashioned, but I am more inclined to use the traditional textbook. I do not feel a computer can replace the sensation of turning the pages and getting up close to the text. I will say, though, that as textbook prices continue to climb higher I may change my mind. The Internet resources I examined had plenty of information, often times more than the textbook, and that was not surprising to me. A caveat to that, though, is that the information included in the textbook is plenty. I do not feel a lot of the extra information the websites provided were necessarily useful, especially when professors demand so much reading already. Although I prefer traditional paper textbooks, I would stand up for a school district that is making the switch to digital if the finances work out better for that.

4. Matthew Baker 10:30 Monday

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Houghton Mifflin
Social Studies Grade 1
School and Families
ISBN: 0-618-32006-7
Copyright 2005
New Book Price $4.99
Purchasing Information: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sdp_tx_is?ie=UTF8&search-alias=stripbooks&field-isbn=0618320067&rank=%2Brelevancerank

Designed with a flexible core/extend organization, this comprehensive Teacher's Edition helps you to fit social studies instruction into your busy day. Teach all of the standards-based content the way that works best for your students, your schedule, and your state standards.

  1. http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Elections/ This website can take you to lessons on elections and voting with interactive activities. This one website could take the place of 8-10 pages of text in the unit 5 lesson 3 section of the textbook.
  2. http://www.campusschool.dsu.edu/moeller/mainTheme.htm This site takes you to images and interactive activities on the symbols of the country. This could replace 8 pages in the textbook, and the website has games and stories and takes the students to these places when the students want to know more.
  3. http://maps.google.com/help/maps/mymaps/create.html Google provides unlimited access to maps of all kinds in one place. There are a few choices to the teacher that will allow variety in the lesson so the students can use their own creativity, and apply to the content. The textbook only gives the teacher and students one map to complete and turn in not allowing for creativity and variety.

Christine Goodwin and Liz Gonzales Monday 1:30


The World and Its People
ISBN# - 0-07-860977-1
Copyright – 2005
Edition – 1
Publisher – The McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors – David Armstrong, Merry Lobrecht, Richard Boehm, Francis Hopkins, Dennis Reinhartz
Price - $96.25 New
Weight – 6.5 lbs.
Grade Level – 5-6 grades
Other Information – Comes with online book resource, hard cover

1. Small quip on Chernobyl and how it effected layout of Eastern Europe. The book has only one paragraph, when Chernobyl had a much larger impact which is still felt today.
2. http://www.iaea.or.at/NewsCenter/Features/Chernobyl-15/cherno-faq.shtml This website features all type of factual information on what happened with the Chernobyl incident and how it has changed the landscape and also the social aspects of change that it brought around.
3. The online resource is definitely better than the book. It has much more information and the student would be able to explore the website and learn more about what happened. They would get into the problems instead of just knowing the name and date of the incident. They would learn how it affected the people and how it changed some of the ways that they live today.

1. There is only 2 pages on the entire birthplace of civilization, Egypt. Obviously, there is information lacking because there is much more than could be put onto just two pages.
2. www.historyforkids.org/learn/egypt The website goes much more in depth and covers the history and its people better. It talks about what they invented and how their society shaped or helped shape the way we live today.
3. The website is easier to navigate and has clear headings with large font. The pictures are useful for information and also has project ideas, games you can play, and teachers guides on how to teach the content.

  1. The book has 2.5 pages on the three major religions of the world. It covers briefly in 2-3 paragraphs the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and the world of Islam.
  2. www.mapsofwar.com/Ind/history-of-religion.html The website allows you to cover religion and history at your own pace. It has a good introductory video on the homepage.
  3. The book might not cover much of the history of religion, but the website is just a video on religion and how it relates to war. Other than that, the website is fairly simple and does not go into depth. The book establishes basic vocab for the age group and does not expose them to content that would be over their heads.
  4. Andrew Lillie and Collin Mangus Wednesday 1030


Physical Geography: Interpreting the Physical Features of the Earth
ISBN #: None – too old
Copyright Date: 1966
Edition #: First Edition
Publisher: Xerox Education Publications
Authors: Dr. Mary Viola Phillips
Price: $0.25
The book is 48 pages long and is extremely old. First published online in August 2006. The book weighs less than a pound and is filled with black and white text and pictures. Paper issued.

1. The Mercator Projection is a familiar wall map. The distortion is not very great at and near the equator but toward the poles the distortion increases.
2. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/375638/Mercator-projection - This is the Encyclopedia Britannica online edition and it provides information on the Mercator Projection.
3. This website gives more interactive images and a better description of what a Mercator Projection is. Students would have a easier time navigating through different images of the Mercator Projection that were found online. These images would give students a better how the projection has transformed overtime.

1. The book has a chapter on soils that describes soil profiles that contain very basic images. It doesn’t go into very much detail and is present in a boring way.
2. http://soils.usda.gov/ - This site is organized and it is very interactive for students, for example students could have the opportunity to fill out a soil survey.
3. This site has a better photo gallery and interactive links for students and teachers from kindergarten to college level. It is more organized than the book and is easier to navigate. It also provides an interactive game for students to learn the different soil types.

1. Forest types of the United States. This topic is covered in chapter 6 of the book and covers the different forest types found in the United States. It has a map that shows the locations for the different types of woods.
2. http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/biology/a_forest.html - This site gives a history of forests in the United States dating back to before the European settlement. It provides students with map layers, printable maps and dynamic maps. It also explains the different forest types, their classifications, and the causes of forest fragmentation.
3. This site is better than the book because it is better organized. It provides a wider range of maps for students to use. It allows for students to investigate maps by zooming in
or out of maps to find more detail. The site provides more interactive learning for students by giving them maps that they can investigate and even create their own maps.
4. David Penner, Scott Hornbaker Monday 10:30-12:20

Social Studies: United States History Early Years
ISBN#: 0-618-42885-2
Edition #: Volume 2
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Author: Dr. Herman J. Viola
Price: $45.74, Purchasing Information:
More: Hardcover, 10.9 x 8.4x 1.2 inches, 3.4 pounds, Reading Level: Ages 9-12, Social Studies
1. Description
This is a textbook for 5th grade history from 1760-2000. There are pictures, timelines, and maps in the book.
2. Internet Sources and descriptions
This is a resource site based on the textbook. Also on this site there is an online textbook if you have a username and password. The student can be interactive with the material.
World’s largest history magazine. This website has more up to date information.
The Smithsonian Museum website.
American National History Museum website.
Any museum website!
3. Reflections and Thoughts:
Pro for Book: You can highlight the pages of the book and you can also make copies of the pages. If the student goes home and they do not have computer access, then the online textbook would be useless to them. Having the visual and tangible book, the students are more likely to see it and study out of it. The books are written more towards the standards. It is also nicer for the teacher when the teacher is putting the lesson together to have the resources from the book in front of them. Looking at the computer screen excessively can ruin the eyes of students.
Pro for Websites: There is more up to date information that can be found online. If the books are online, the student does not have to worry about carrying a load of books home every night. Websites can be interactive for the students.
4. Names: Ashley Heptig, Ashley Regier, and Hannah Louderbaugh: Monday 10:30


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ISBN-13: 978-0030995101
Copyright Date
Edition # 1
Publisher: Holt McDougal
Authors: Gregory I. Massing
Price: $109.20 https://secure.mcdougallittell.com/store/ProfileOrderMgmtController
Other Information: 4.2lbs
1. Holt's Civics program helps you foster student civic responsibility with a balanced approach that focuses on the principles of government, active citizenship, and responsible economic participation. Media Investigation, Students Take Action, and Law 101 features promote critical thinking and encourage service learning. Active Citizenship Video Program informs students of their civil liberties and the responsibilities and duties of a citizen, and helps them make sound economic choices.
2. This website offers a variety of lesson plans and resources for teachers in the civics classroom. The lessons range from citizenship to elections. This site offers over 40 lessons that you could use during a civics unit in the classroom. The lesson plans are detailed with a time, procedures, list of materials, and assessments.
This site has multiple topics about things like the presidency and the federal budget process. You can click on different subtopics for more information.

This site has over 50 lesson plans with a wide range of topics. All of the lessons cover the main components of a lesson plan including objectives, grade level, etc.
3. Reflections and Thoughts:
Pro for Book:
The sites we found online are things we would consider resources instead of a substitute for the book. A lot of the lessons are very interesting and would be a good lesson to do alongside the book but without the book there may be confusion. The book covers more material in depth. The book is also written to hit certain standards that lesson plans need to meet.
Pro for Websites:
The activities are more engaging and you may be able to find more up to date information, however this book was published in 2009 so it is fairly up to date. The websites provide a good support for a textbook.
4. Kaitlain May and Andrew Purdy
Mondays 1:30 – 3:30

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Textbook Name: Communities: Adventures in Time and Place
ISBN #: 9780021475728
Copyright Date: 1999
Publisher: McGraw Hill School Division
Authors: James A. Banks, Barry K. Beyer, Gloria Contreras, Jean Craven, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Mary A. McFarland, Walter C. Parker
Prices: Range from $9.99 to $49.99 __http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0021475725/sr=1-1/qid=1286805609/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1286805609&sr=1-1&seller=__
More: 2.5 pounds; 3rd grade level

1. Brief description of the item in the book.
Look at your world through the National Geographic Society. The textbook features include Geography, Thinking, and Study Skills, Citizenship, Legacies, Primary Sources, Infographics, Links, and a "Did You Know?" section. The Reference Section has an Atlas, dictionary of geographic terms, biographical dictionary, glossary, index, and Gazetteer. Also included are charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, and maps. This book can be used in conjunction with the "Communities: Adventures in Time and Place Level 3 Assessment Book."

2. Internet site(s) and descriptions that would be appropriate to use instead of the book.
Oregon Trail: __http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html__
This site is great for students to learn about the Oregon Trail. The book shows some pictures and readings about the Oregon Trail, but this site has great facts and historic sites you can travel to. The second site is great for younger children in the classroom. It gives examples of power points that they can look through, and then you could have your students create their own using the websites!

Jamestown: __http://teacherweb.com/NY/Akron/ParzychJamestownTreasureHunt/photo1.aspx__
This website is an interactive activity for students to learn about Jamestown. The students are put into collaborative groups and are asked to be “detectives.” They work together to find out how the geography affected the settlement of Jamestown. They learn about the groups of people that settled in Jamestown. They also learn about the natural resources of the area in order to figure out why the people chose to settle there. The last questions asks the students to decide whether they think the settlement was successful or a failure and why - they relate their answers to the geography and natural resources. This is a lesson that can be done without any textbooks - the students can use online resources which are provided at the website.

The Anasazi: __http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ahc/who_were_the_anasazi.html#top__
Both of these websites provide a ton of useful information for students learning about the Anasazi Native Americans. The first website covers the cultural lives of the Anasazis from the clothes that they wore to the government structures they used. The second website gives a list of websites that students can explore to find out more about the Anasazi people. There are links to view their dwellings, their rock art and more.

3. Reflection/Thoughts on why one is better than the other and justification for its use.
Using the internet for resources rather than the textbook lets students get out of the normal class and textbook. The internet lets them see different things that the textbook would not normally let them. Students can click on pictures and see them larger, and if there is a video clip with them also. The textbook just has the picture, and also the internet lets students that need print bigger/ smaller to be able to do that. The textbook is the same year after year. Textbooks are so expensive, and as a teacher you could let the students use the internet and different resources rather than paying big bucks for textbooks that don’t bring lessons to real life like the internet can. Textbooks are also boring, who wants to sit and read a textbook, that would put you to sleep, or learn from the internet.
Textbooks can be useful resources for teachers. Having the teacher’s manual in the classroom can be a useful guide to direct the curriculum. Having a few of the textbooks instead of a whole classroom set can be useful for students who like to read or like to be able to physically hold the text in their hands.

4. Alison Sterneker and Jacquie Freund Monday 7:30- 9:20

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ISBN-10: 0-312-40468-9

Copyright Date: January 2005

Edition Number: First

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s

Author: Maureen C. Miller

Price: $16.35

1. Overview:

This book is really more of an index of primary sources from the 11th century from the people in and around the Investiture Conflict. It consists mainly of journal entries, chronicles, and biographies. Two of the central figures in the book are King Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII. These two individuals really started the conflict between clerical and lay rulers concerning the investiture of Catholic bishops.

2. Alternate websites:


This site specifically examine the relationship between Henry IV and Gregory VII before and during the conflict up to Henry's excommunication from the church. It basically gives a broad overview of the entire conflict, and goes into what Henry's son did after his father's death.


This site examines some of the important documents, including the "Dicatatus Pape" which outlines the implied powers and privileges of the pope. This list of 27 claims of power were vital during the conflict, as they provided much of the motivation for Gregory VII to fight back against Henry's appointment of bishops.


This site attempts to break down the Investiture Conflict in a theatrical manner. The material is presented in a format that resembles a screenplay. This dialog summarizes the investiture process and the conflict that came with it.

3. Reflection

I actually feel that the textbook is a more valuable source of information in this situation. While some subjects can easily have their textbooks eliminated, sources such as this book simply cannot be found on the internet in such an inclusive collection. The book "Power and the Holy..." is simply a collection that does not exist in other formats, because the editor of the book translated them from a wealth of different manuscripts, charters, chronicles and other records. I believe that often textbooks can offer structure that a website or collection of websites cannot. Textbooks are designed with the taught course in mind, and while some websites may be structured this way, many are not there yet. I believe that there is great potential for web-based teaching, but until the education system really puts its time and energy into it, the textbook is king.

4. William Conner and Grace Kim: Wednesday 7:30 AM




United States History: Beginnings to 1877

ISBN #0030412137 1st Edition Authors: William Deverell and Deborah Gray White Price: $77.90, purchasing information: http://www.mcdougallittell.com/store/ProductCatalogController?cmd=Browse&subcmd=LoadDetail&ID=1007500000072508&imprint=hm&frontOrBack=B&division=M01&sortProductsBy=SEQ_TITLE&sortEntriesBy=SEQ_NAME#order


1. Book Description: Holt's middle grades United States History program provides you with the tools to create an understanding of America's past and its impact today. History Close-ups and History and Geography features connect high-interest visuals to key content. Reading Like a Historian, Primary Source, and Literature features build critical-thinking skills and provide instruction for analyzing written and visual documents Experiencing American History resource promotes collaborative learning with hands-on projects (From the publishers http://holtmcdougal.hmhco.com/hm/detail.htm?ID=1007500000072508).

2. Internet Sites and Descriptions:

a. The American Civil War: There are some amazing websites online that can be used to teach the Civil War in middle school. One history teacher put together a lesson plan using Google Earth that is available for download. The major battle sites are marked, and there are links to a website with detailed information about the battles. There are also photos on Google Earth of the battlefields. To teach the politics surrounding the war there is a good website that covers main policies of the North and South during the war. Between these two websites, and the additional links they provide, the information exceeds what is found in the textbook. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAcivilwar.htm, http://gelessons.com/lessons/

b. The Revolutionary War: There is a very detailed website that covers the American Revolutionary War. It has causes of the war, battles and main events, biographies, documents, economics, and first hand accounts from the war. There are also student and teacher guides and additional links. The main downside for this website is the information is not always in chronological order. http://www.historycentral.com/Revolt/

c. Pilgrims and Native Americans: The Scholastic website has some awesome interactive activities about the pilgrims and Native Americans. There is information about the voyage to the New World, comparing and contrasting the two groups, and the first Thanksgiving. The pictures, information, and audio combined gives students a well-rounded look at early settlers in North America. The Smithsonian website also has good information about this time period. http://historyexplorer.americanhistory.si.edu/index.asp http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp

3. Reflections: As much as the Internet has to offer to the classroom, I still see the pros in having a textbook. Textbooks can become invaluable when there is no Internet access, both in the classroom and at home. The textbook goes in chronological order and has a variety of information located all in one place. However, the Internet also has its pros. There is more detailed information on the Internet that can be found in a textbook. The Internet also offers the opportunity for interactive activities, videos, photographs and audio resources. Ultimately, I believe that the textbook and Internet should be used side by side as companions in planning lessons. They both offer pros to students and should be used in the classroom.

4. Sara Sanders, Monday 1:30

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Regions: Adventures in Time and Place

Authors: James A. Banks, Barry K. Beyer, Gloria Contreras, Jean Craven, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Mary A. McFarland, Walter C. Parker
ISBN: 978-0021491360
Price: $98.70 at first release
Other Information: Hardcover; 10.9x 8.4 x 1.1 inches, 512 pages. Reading Level: Ages 9-12, Publisher MacMillian/McGraw-Hill School Divison (January 2001)

1. Description: Regions is a textbook that covers the different areas of the United States in much detail. It also has a handbook to teach the child how to read a social studies text. It covers finding the main idea, sequencing, making predictions, comparing and contrasting, summarizing, and the text is full of color visuals.

2. Internet Sites and Description
__http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ranchhouse/teachers_lp1.html__: This website has a great lesson plan that focuses directly on cattle drives and their importance. It also provides links for several other helpful websites , as well as worksheets, handouts, and answer keys for teacher use. This is a wonderful lesson that is much more interactive than the textbook.

B. __http://www.teacheruniverse.com/tools/integrate_projects/westwardho/westward_ho.lessonplanner.html__: This website is another complete lesson plan that is completely about pioneers heading west. It gives a good overview of the standards the lesson addresses, teacher activities, student activities, resources, and assessment. It includes many, many links that are all related to the topic, also.

__http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/home.html__: This website comes from Idaho State University, and it takes an in depth look at the California gold rush. There is a complete history of this event, fun facts, a link to a PBS program on the gold rush, along with teacher resources. The best part of this site is the fact that it’s easy to understand; it is a website designed with kids in mind--particularly elementary students--yet adults can easily enough this website and learn from it as well.

3. Reflections & Thoughts

Textbooks are a staple in schools, but are they the best resources; after completing this assignment we think the answer is no. The textbook we looked at, though it spanned several subjects, did not go into depth. The text barely covered the surface. In one website alone, topics were covered thoroughly with interactive activities that could engage students more actively than books. We think that having a teachers edition and a few student textbooks would be the best option. By doing this, there would be books for students who need something tangible to hold onto, the teachers edition could serve as a guide, but ultimately students would learn from websites and links that the teacher saw fit. In this way the students would receive depth of information in a format that can keep up with new developments unlike traditional textbooks.

Morgan Keller and Christy Stones--Wednesday @ 10:30


World Geography

ISBN # - 0618377670
Copyright Date - 2005
Edition # - 2005 Edition
Publisher – McDougal Littell
Authors – Daniel D. Arreola, Marci Smith Deal, James F. Petersen, Rickie Sanders
Amazon for $63-$109
Information – Hardcover, English, 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches, 4.6 pounds

1. This is a comprehensive World Geography book that covers many and most topics. There are 10 sections dedicated to a specific disaster. They are each two pages long and spaced throughout the book.

2. http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html - Contains first hand accounts of the Dust Bowl, videos, pictures, and more resources/information.
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/science/medicine/plague.htm - Made for elementary or middle school kids, contains more information than the book about the Black Blague, with pictures, and other resources.

3. There is no doubt for me that the online tools are better than the physical textbook. I couldn’t imagine lugging around this large of a textbook. It tries to cram so much information and seems a bit over whelming. The disaster sections are very short and basically just contain pictures with captions. These sections are there to help engage students but I feel that these online tools are better because they give a more complete picture and are more interactive.

4. Katie Brummett, 7:30 Wednesday

The American Nation

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  • ISBN-10: 0130637289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130637284
  • Copyright Date:
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Authors: Davidson, Castillo, Stoff
  • Price: $25-$100
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,385,630 in Books
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Include other information about the book, maybe size and weight, or reading level or what other resources come with it, etc.?
1. Brief description of the item in the book.
This textbook covers the whole span of American history from before the Constiution was written to present day (ending during President Clinton’s presidency based on the copyright date).
2. Internet site(s) and descriptions that would be appropriate to use instead of the book.
For the Expansion unit Chapter 13 Unit 1 The Oregon Trail I discovered that the Scholastic website “Westward Ho!” was a great free resource that has assessment questions and links to websites where students read to get the correct answer. Interactive and meaningful (oh and did I mention free?)
For the American Civil War unit Chapter 17 Unit 3 I found a great educational video covered most of the information from the text talking about who served in the armies, on which side, and what a soldiers duties and day like looked like. http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5632-american-civil-war-a-soldiers-life-video.htm
There is also a webpage at Howstuffworks.com relating to the civil war with basic facts, uniform pictures and a list of all of the American Civil War Battles. http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-civil-war/american-civil-war-history.htm
PBS.org is another great resource for students to browse to find information about the American Civil War. The information is clearly organized so that students can successfully navigate the website by themselves. http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/war/
An African American President was elected. America was attacked on it’s own soil for the first time since Pearl Harbor. Many historical events are not included in the textbook about minorities in government or latest current events in the last 10 years. This was a great website I found that allows students to look at the details and secondary sources for the latest American wars and it also has links profiles of the Presidents including Bush and Obama. On these profiles it breaks down information into their terms and who they are! http://www.historycentral.com/index.html
3. Reflection/Thoughts on why one is better than the other.
Overall the curriculum in the textbook is valid but hardly interactive. Students need to be active learners and from my discoveries technology helps students be active learners more than text. Also, I really enjoyed being able to show students videos to meet more learning styles. textbookThe textbook is outdated when it comes to the Modern History section. The textbook only went up to President Clinton’s term, which leaves out a lot of current events that play a significant role upon the world that students live in today. I think that in Social Studies textbooks especially technology has an advantage because students can learn about events that sometimes are more visible in their lives and make history very alive for them. For example this textbook did not talk about anything dealing with America being presently in Iraq or 9/11. Students need to be educated on these also, and not have to wait for new publication dates.


Social Studies: Ancient Civilization
ISBN: 0-15-309789-2
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company
Authors: Boehm, Hoone, McGowan, McKinney-Browning, Miramontes, Porter
Price: 160.57 at http://www.amazon.com/Social-Studies-Civilizations-Harcourt-Brace/dp/0153097892/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1291158192&sr=8-1.
Grade: 5
Other Info. Hardcover, 8 ½ x11”, ~ 2 pounds, no other resources come with it.

1) The textbook contains information about Ancient Civilizations and the geography of countries around the world. It contains an atlas and geography terms that can be used in the classroom. There are a total of 6 units and a total of 12 chapters.

2) http://www.infoplease.com/countries.html. This site would be good to use in replace for the book when looking at all different countries of the world.
http://san.beck.org/11-1-Mayans%2CAztecs%2CIncas.html. This site would be good to use in replace of the textbook when learning about the Aztecs and Incas.
http://www.mariamilani.com/ancient_rome/Ancient%20Rome%20Geography_.htm. This site would be good to use in replace of the textbook when looking at the geography of ancient Rome.

3) I feel that both the textbook and the websites I found containing the same information would both be useful and helpful in the same way. The book provides more pictures for students to look at but the websites provide the same information and sometimes even interesting information. The students could easily be more engaged when it comes to looking up the information on the web instead of looking at and reading a book. The students would also have one less book to carry around in their backpack. I feel that the information for this particular textbook could easily all be found on the web and even more information be provided than what the textbook provides.

4) Kirsti Gomez, Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
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People, Places, and Change: Introduction to World Studies, Complete Edition
ISBN# - 0-03-036707-7
Copyright – Jan. 2005
Edition – 1
Publisher – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (January 2005)
Authors –David M. Helgren, Robert J. Sager, Alison S. Brooks (Price - $41.95 New
Weight –4.4 pounds
Grade Level – 7th grade Geography
Other Information – Comes with online book resource, hard cover

1. The book I have chosen is a 7th grade geography book. It goes into detail about different kinds of maps like physical, and political. The book also goes into detail North America, South America Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Finally, the book describes historical people and events that took place on the landmasses as well as present day culture.
2. One that really comes to mind is Google Earth. The important thing about geography is that students need to realize where country “A” is located relative to country ”B.” Also, NPR would be a suitable news source because the book would not have current events of the day such as the French protests and Greece’s bailout.
3. I think the book is better just for the mere reason that all of the information given by state standards is already there. Teacher’s have a busy schedule and many times don’t have time to look up other sources of information.
4. Jeff Wright Wednesday 7:30.


ISBN #: 0-89818-169-0
Copyright date: 2003
Edition #1
Publisher: Center for Civic Education
Authors: Charles N. Quigley and Ken Rodriguez
Price: $13.00 each

1.) Although We The People is a reasonable priced book and provides a lot of important information, we believe that a simple google search provided many free resources for both the teacher and the students over the same topics. The websites had many interactive teaching tools that both the teacher and the students would find helpful inside the classroom. The students would enjoy watching videos and playing games over this specific topic rather than just reading a textbook. The students would also be able to access all the sites at home and would not have to worry about bringing home a textbook.
2.)__http://www.usconstitution.net/constteach.html__ - provides printable worksheets and breaks the Constitution into sections that will help younger students understand its content
http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_progs_constitution_day.aspx -provides interactive videos and resources that students can explore and learn from
-provides biographies on the people who signed the Constitution and teaching units that contain an assortment of resources for students
3.)The revised text on the history and principles of Constitutional Democracy features several new lessons and four-color graphics. The new teacher’s addition includes culminating performance assessment materials and a bibliography of children’s literature.

4.) Jason Curtis Wed. 1030-1220


Culture & Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Alternate Edition

SBN # 978-0534582272
Copyright Date: 2006
Edition: 6th
Publisher: Thomson-Wadsworth
Authors: Cunningham & Reich
Price and link to where it can be purchased: $ 114.18

Include other information about the book, maybe size and weight, or reading level or what other resources come with it, etc.?
Paperback: 696 pages
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds

1. Brief description of the item in the book.
It talks about the Origin of the Roman Empire.
Rise of Caesar and the empirical Rome
The destruction of Pompeii

2. Internet site(s) and descriptionsthat would be appropriate to use instead of the book.
  • http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/empire/index.html this website will be a great tool for students to use instead of the book because they are able to explore other topics and find other sources helpful for their learning.
  • http://www.smatch-international.org/DestructionPompeii.html this website is a great resource for students to explore and learn about destruction of Pompeii. I think that this website is better than the book because they are able to see other interesting facts that are not in the book.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Caesar this website enables students to learn about the background of Julius Caesar. Not only learn about julius but explore many other topics that can be interesting to students. This website is a preferable tool than the book because they are able to see different pictures and learn about the art of those times.

3. Reflection/Thoughts on why one is better than the other and justification for its use.
The advantage of the Internet over the book is that in the Internet have many more resources about the subject the students are learning.
Also it allows students to find more information and the information is always updated. The book is a benefit as well in that if the internet
is not available the students have the book as a resource instead of waiting for the internet to work again.

Martha Montanez & Tad Remy (Wed. 7:30)