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Grant Watts Elementary Social Science Resources

Dewey Decimal 300s Social Science Resources for our K-3 Gray Wolves Community

What are Customs, Etiquette and Folklore? The Dewey 390-399s

This section of the Dewey 300s supports our understanding of how we as families and communities celebrate special occasions and traditions.  This section also supports an understanding of etiquette, which is a fancy word for manners and that directly ties to our school expectations of being respectful, responsible, safe and kind.  Finally, this section houses all our folklore including folktales/fairytales, riddles, and rhymes. This is an important part of our library.

In this section we will find support for these ideas:

Kindergarten - We can learn from stories and folktales teach us.

1st grade - Stories help us learn lessons and it is important to plan ahead.

2nd grade - Traditional stories can be told in different ways and we need to understand Native American traditions.

3rd grade - One person can improve a community and it is important to support each other.


How the Raven got his Crooked Nose by Barbara J. Atwater & Ethan J. Atwater; Mindy D

This book has really cool illustrations and is a modern day retelling of an Alaskan Dena'ina fable that teaches an important lesson.  It includes a glossary and won the 2018 Best Book Award from American Indians in Children's Literature. Click on the image to hear one of the authors read the opening of the book.

Call Number:  398.2

ISBN: 1 -71373-873-2 (originally 1-51326-439-7)

Publication Date:  September 22, 2020

Interest Level: K-3/Reading Level:  2.3

# of Pages:  32/Price:  $18.00

Review:  School Library Journal (March 1, 2018)

"PreS-Gr 2-A grandmother shares a traditional Dena'ina tale about Raven, an oft-featured trickster deity in Alaskan Native mythology. The Dena'ina people live in Southcentral Alaska, part of the Athabascan language group and this tale was passed on from an elder to the authors (his niece and great nephew). In the book, the grandmother and child perform traditional activities (berry picking, salmon fishing, and cleaning) in a contemporary setting while she retells the story. (One quibble regarding the chronology of the artwork: the pair is first shown cleaning a fish and next they are shown catching one, which may confuse young readers.) The font and illustration style differ in the present narrative and the animal fable. The scenes of the retelling are visually strong; their bold style pays homage to traditional painting and mask styles. In comparison, the artwork accompanying the matriarch and her grandchild looks amateurish. Laced throughout are Dena'ina words with pronunciation guides. Back matter includes more information on Dena'ina storytelling and people, a glossary, and suggested further reading. These provide only the briefest glimpses into a complex culture, but will round out the story sufficiently for most readers and encourage the curious to seek more information. The conversational writing style and the clean layout design make this an easy read-aloud choice to share with a group. VERDICT A fine addition to nonfiction collections to highlight Dena'ina culture and traditional stories."-Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Call Number:  398.9

Interest Level: K-3/Reading Level:  2.6

# of Pages: 40/Price: $18.00

Review:  Booklist (December 1, 2021 (Vol. 118, No. 7))

"Grades 1-3. After the prologue defines proverbs (“It has been said that a proverb is a short sentence based on long experience”), readers are invited to dwell in figurative language that captures wisdom spanning time and place. Each two-page spread is framed by four proverbs, allowing readers to pick the one they feel best represents the illustration. Making such a decision will not be easy, as nuances in the language and images support all four options. Proverbs from across Africa caution, advise, and guide: “To one who does not know, a small garden is a forest.” “A single bracelet does not jingle.” Given the interactive format of the book, one cannot rush past the illustrations—vibrant collages filled with texture and details—which depict scenes from human life, as well as the lives of flora and fauna. Back matter includes a map and the countries from which the proverbs hail. As the title states, this interactive, multilayered, gorgeously illustrated book of wisdom is for all ages, and it demands repeated reading."

Moon rope : a Peruvian folktale = Un lazo a la luna : una leyenda peruana by Lois Ehlert

This book is written in English and Spanish with beautiful pictures that retell a Peruvian Folktale about why moles live underground--it is fun book!

Call Number:  398.24

ISBN: 1-41318-150-3

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

Interest Level: K-3/Reading Level: 2.2

# of Pages: 36/Price: $15.00

Review: School Library Journal (October 1992)

"K-Gr 3-- A retelling of a Peruvian pourquoi story, presented in English and Spanish, that is concise and funny. Mole is a practical fellow who longs only for ``Worms, worms, more worms.'' Fox, however, is a visionary; he wants to go to the moon. He deter: mines his method of access (a grass rope to be hooked around the bow of the crescent), chooses Mole as his companion, and, with the aid of some birds, sets off. He achieves his goal, his friend does not, and bits about the nature of the moon and the mole are explained in the process. Prince's stylish translation really shines. Her fox is so clearly obsessed with his project and so convincing in a used-car-salesman sort of way, that an oral telling cannot help but produce correct, funny inflections. Ehlert's cut-paper illustrations are striking. The bold colors range from earth tones to Day-Glo pinks, purples, and oranges, and her use of silver for Fox and for the moon is masterful. Shapes cut, apparently, by using the lines of rulers and templates as guides produce a remarkable, contemporary rendering of Peruvian folkart. Despite the use of fairly simple lines, the characters have personality and verve. The book's generous size makes this perfect for group sharing. Moon Rope can be used to give non-Spanish speakers an idea of the rhythm and cadence of that language. It is a fine purchase for folktale and picture-book collections as well as for ESL programs." --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA


DK findout! 

DK Find Out has great information about Politics, Culture and so much more! You can find out what a politician does, what holidays/traditions happen around the world and figure out what a refugee is. This s a great resource to answer our Essential Questions tied to Social Studies!

"DKfindout! allows your child to search, learn, and explore information on a safe and secure site. Perfect for help with homework, DK’s clear, reliable, and highly visual content covers all curriculum subjects and more! There are quizzes, videos and animations, and new content being added all the time to engage and fascinate your child. There are also articles for parents explaining the curriculum your child is being taught, ideas about how you can help them, and quick links to other DK products that will support your child’s learning."

  • Safe, secure, and reliable site for your child to use independently
  • Encourages eager learners and develops your child’s research skills
  • Articles checked by experts to help you support your child’s education

Review by edshelf

Ages 5-18

Publisher:  Penguin Random House