Wow- I have been kind of a slacker about posting this week. Still trying to catch up from my fabulous 100 Follower Giveaway. I did manage to finish the The Gollywhopper Games yesterday and start on a new book. I came across the book "On An American Day: Volume 1" by Rona Arato either on another blog or scouring Amazon for new books to read...so I ordered it, naturally, because I love history and it looked like a great book to use in my 4th & 5th grade classroom.
I actually ended up finding it on eBay a little cheaper than on Amazon so I went ahead and bought it. It arrived fairly quickly and went in my "to read" pile (which still have 8 more books in it). I normally would not pick it up to begin reading it until I had finished the others but I was intrigued so I thumbed through it, and eventually caved and started reading it. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages). The stories are great and I know my students will relate to the characters. I know what they hear me read (or read themselves) from this book will stay with them longer than what they read in our SS textbook (which is why I try not to use it very much!).
The thing I like best about this book is that it pairs a piece of historical fiction with non-fiction text. This will help me sneak in some reading skills (CCS) without my students being any wiser! This volume covers 1750-1899. I have not found a Volume 2 yet but I am hoping Arato publishes one. For those of you who teach U.S. History, especially WWI & II and Immigration, this author has some other great historical fiction books out on those subjects. Take a look HERE to read a little more about this author and her books.