My students need 37 copies of "Number the Stars" with a teaching guide.
How can children understand the ravages of war in America during the Revolutionary War? If they are introduced to the children in Number the Stars, I think they can draw parallels to the children during revolutionary times.
My students are fifth-graders at a culturally diverse, suburban elementary school in the San Fernando Valley area of California.
We are a high-performing school with extremely limited resources. In fifth grade, we introduce the children to the American Revolutionary War.
We want to expose the children to a chapter book, read daily over a period of several weeks. This daily exposure to the circumstances of World War II will stimulate the children's thinking, provoking discussion over a period of time and allowing the children to draw parallels to the American Revolutionary War. This will help us to meet the California social studies standards as it relates to the Revolutionary War and enable the children to make more sense of this distant time. Many of my students relate World War II issues to wars that have taken place in their own native countries during modern times.
Our students will be able to participate in discussions--both at home and at school--that evolve from current wars because they will have a sense of the ravages of war on children after reading this novel.
We will have brought the children full circle from the Revolutionary War to World War II to current times, and I am hoping that the children will understand the cost to the many victims of war and its impact on society.
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