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District List: NYC Core Curriculum 1st - Social Studies

Description: The New York City Core Curriculum program aims to provide curricula to NYC students through a seamless instructional program across grades and subjects. This list has been curated by NYCDOE for 1st Grade Social Studies materials. #teachers #nyccore

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Life on a Wagon Train

by Janey Levy

In 1841, most Americans lived in the eastern part of the country. The wagon trains helped to change that. Towns and farms sprang up all along the Oregon Trail. By 1869, the United States reached from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Date Added: 09/04/2018

My Aunt and Uncle

by Mary Auld

Explains, in brief text and illustrations, the meaning of the terms "aunt" and "uncle" and describes their roles in a family and their relationship with their nieces and nephews.

Date Added: 09/04/2018

Clothing in American History

by Dana Meachen Rau

Correlated to the social studies curriculum, each title in How People Lived in America looks at one aspect of daily life and how it has changed through different periods of American history. Clear, descriptive writing helps young readers build vocabulary and reading comprehension, while historical photographs and illustrations work with the text to increase students' knowledge about the lives of earlier Americans.

Date Added: 09/04/2018

You Can Count On Me!

by Joanne Mattern

People count on good citizens to make America a great country. In this inspiring nonfiction book, readers will learn what they can do to be good citizens, what leaders do to help citizens, and what rules good citizens follow. The appealing images, supportive text, and helpful table of contents, glossary, and index work together to keep readers informed and engaged from cover to cover.

Date Added: 08/23/2018

Celebrating Patriotic Holidays

by Joel Kupperstein

In this marvelous picture book, a little boy celebrates all of the holidays which are uniquely American. This books takes us through a calendar year, beginning and ending with our nation's Independence Day. The pictures are described, and this file should make an excellent embossed braille copy. A handy reference for parents, too.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

What Happens at a Supermarket? (Where people work)

by Amy Hutchings

What Happens at a Supermarket? takes readers inside a supermarket to meet the workers who help people get their groceries.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Do I Need It? Or Do I Want It?

by Jennifer S. Larson

Do you plan how much money you'll use to buy candy? Or how much you'll save for a new video game? Then you're budgeting! A budget is a plan for spending and saving. Budgets help people decide how to use their money wisely. What do you need to buy? What do you want? And how can you make a budget? Read this book to find out.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Pancakes, Pancakes!

by Eric Carle

"Here's the flour," shouted Jack. "Let's make a pancake." But his mother said, "Now we need an egg." Jack went to the black hen and fed her some grain that had slipped into his pocket while he had been threshing. "Cluck, cluck," said the black hen and went inside the hen house. Then she said, "Cluck, cluck," once more and laid an egg. But eggs and flour aren't all that Jack's mother needs... Will Jack ever get a pancake to eat? Other books by this author are available in this library.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia

by Carmen Lomas Garza

Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza's girlhood: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, finding a hammerhead shark on the beach, picking cactus, going to a fair in Mexico, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist.

These day-to-day experiences are told through fourteen vignettes of art and a descriptive narrative, each focusing on a different aspect of traditional Mexican American culture. The English-Spanish text and vivid illustrations reflect the author's strong sense of family and community. For Mexican Americans, Carmen Lomas Garza offers a book that reflects their lives and traditions. For others, this work offers insights into a beautifully rich community.

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

by Jason D. Nemeth

Life as we know it would be impossible without water. Luckily for us and the other organisms with which we share our planet, Earth has so much water that it is sometimes known as "the water planet. " This engrossing volume describes where water can be found in its solid, liquid, and gaseous states. The book offers the details of Earth's water cycle and highlights the importance of both freshwater and salt water. It also tackles the unpleasant but pressing topic of water pollution. Readers will love the beautiful photographs of rivers, lakes, oceans, and more.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Community Jobs

by Tammy Jones and Margie Burton and Cathy French

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 07/06/2018


by Tara Funk and Katherine Scraper

Why do people vote? Who can vote? Read about people who vote.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

My Chinatown

by Kam Mak

Chinatown -- a place of dragons and dreams; fireflies and memories Chinatown -- full of wonder and magic; fireworks on New Year's Day and a delicious smell on every corner Chinatown -- where every day brings something familiar and something wondrously new to a small boy Chinatown -- home? Kam Mak grew up in a place of two cultures, one existing within the other. Using moving poems, he shares a year of growing up in this small city within a city, which is called Chinatown.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

by Lynd Ward and Hildegarde H. Swift

A little red lighthouse stands on the shores of the Hudson River. When the great bridge is built, the little lighthouse feels very, very small, but he soon comes to understand that he is still needed to guide boats through dark and stormy weather. Picture descriptions added.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

If You Lived 100 Years Ago

by Anna DiVito and Ann McGovern

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Who's in a Family?

by Robert Skutch and Laura Nienhaus

Family is important, but who's in a family? Why, the people who love you the most! This equal opportunity, open-minded picture book has no preconceptions about what makes a family a family. There's even equal time given to some of children's favorite animal families. With warm and inviting jewel-tone illustrations, this is a great book for that long talk with a little person on your lap.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Communities Helping Communities

by Erin Ash Sullivan

Find out about groups who help people in need around the world.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Where Do I Live?

by Ann W. Iosa and Neil Chesanow

Children will gain a whole new understanding of the world we live in with this fun, first-look at geography. This engaing picture book is like a mini virtual globe for kids! Starting in their bedrooms, children will travel outside for a look around the streets of their neighborhood. Then, they'll zoom out for a bird's eye view of their town, city, suburb, and countryside. They'll move out even further for a view of the states, the country, and the different continents. The next stop is space, for an exciting look at our solar sysem and universe! From there, they'll trace their way home again. A fun mini quiz in the back lets kids show off what they've learned about where they live.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Peppe the Lamplighter

by Elisa Bartone

A long time ago when there was no electricity and the streetlamps in Little Italy had to be lit by hand, Peppe lived in a tenement on Mulberry Street. His family was poor, and so, though he was just a boy, he needed to work. But a job as a lamplighter was not what his father had dreamed of for Peppe.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

What Happens at a Vet's Office

by Amy Hutchings

This book describes in detail a visit to the vet’s clinic.

Date Added: 10/02/2018

What Happens at a Recycling Center

by Kathleen Pohl

This book demonstrates how a recycling center operates.

Date Added: 10/02/2018

I Like to Visit the Museum

by Jacqueline Laks Gorman

Describes some of the things to see and learn about on a visit to a children's museum, including the stars, the human body, wild animals, dinosaurs, and space.

Date Added: 08/13/2018

I Live In Brooklyn

by Mari Takabayashi

From days on the stoop, playing hopscotch and watching fireworks from the rooftops, to school field trips into the city, where zoos and museums await, Michelle introduces readers to her favorite places and things to do. Mari Takabayashi’s diminutive scenes, busy with cheerful detail, bring the beauty and bustle of New York City to life for children all around the world.

Date Added: 08/13/2018

Community Needs

by Jake Miller

This engaging, age-appropriate set is designed to meet the early childhood social studies curriculum, where students learn about themselves and their community and what makes their community similar to and different from communities across the United States. By taking a kid-friendly Who's Who approach to different kinds of communities, these books teach students about the people who work to make each community a success. There are things that people need to survive and things that they want to make life enjoyable. This book explains the difference and shows how needs and wants may be met. From food, clothing, and shelter to museums, police officers, and swimming pools, kids will learn how people in communities work to make sure that everybody gets a share of what they need and want.

Date Added: 08/13/2018

The Library

by Jacqueline Laks Gorman

This series is the ticket to places both familiar and exciting to young children. From the library to the zoo, each title explores a different place that kids like to visit and describes what a visitor can see and do there.

Beginning readers will enjoy the lively, full-color photographs, which enhance the simple, easy-to-read text.

Date Added: 07/17/2018

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