Understanding Russia-An Intrdsciplnary Apprch
Understanding Russia: An Interdisciplinary Approach is designed to introduce students to the people, ideas, places, and events in Russian (and Soviet) history and culture. Students will explore information about Russia and extend their knowledge by researching their own areas within this topic. This book is divided into 4 sections: People, Ideas, Places and Events. Each section contains a broad sampling of topics. Included for each individual topic are a brief narrative of factual background information, a visual to support the narrative, interdisciplinary activities to extend understanding, (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and the Arts) and opportunities for students to create their own activities. Grades 5 and up.
Little books that are a wealth of information are great for building your home library. I had the chance to read the Russian book so my examples are specific to Russia, but the other books have the same format. Learn about people (Tolstoy, Peter the Great, Stalin, etc,) ideas (Sputnik, communism, etc,) places (Siberia, Red Square, Kremlin, etc,) and events (Chernobyl, Crimean War, 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, etc) in one compact book with loads of activity ideas. A few pages of teacher guidance at the beginning help you maximize the content for your students. Text is brief, about a page per topic, and is followed by activity ideas for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Kids are encouraged to explore on their own and include their findings in a creation of their own. These would make a great addition to a unit study of governments, Asia, world geography and cultures. Activities are open ended, so there is no answer key needed. Pb, 156pp. ~Sara