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    Knowing where you fit in the overall framework of history is the first step to understanding historical concepts.  Learning about your history not only helps you to learn more about yourself, family, and ancestors, but you also learn more about your culture and traditions.  Through this learning unit, you will also learn more about your classmates as we build our learning community.
     Enduring Understandings
    I am part of history.
    Mobility and migration impacts our community.
    Big Lake and Alaska are a unique geographic location.
    Essential Questions
     Who am I?
    Who am I as an Alaskan?
    What role do I play in history?
    What is my place in history?
    Why do we study history?
    What is historical thinking?
    What is history?
    reading boy             reading girl
    Books to learn more about history
    What Does a Historian Do?   by Barbara Park
    A Caribou Journey  by Debbie Miller
    Caribou Journey  by Vivian French
    How Do Birds Find Their Way?  by Roma Gans
    Going On A Name Webquest
     my name is
    Learn more about your name by visiting these websites

    Directions: Work with a partner and take turns researching each other's names.  Use the links below to explore the meaning of your name.  You can read about the history of your name, similar names that it may have come from, the country or region of the world it comes from, and how popular your name is compared to other names.  Take notes on what you learn about your name on the note-taking page. 


     Below is a list of books to read about
    the importance of names.
    by Kevin Henkes
    In this instant classic, Chrysanthemum used to love her name until she began kindergarten and realized just how different her name was. Even though Chrysanthemum is a kindergartener, her precocious vocabulary and the accompanying humor made this book a hit with my third graders.   
    The Name Jar   
    by Yangsook Choi
    Unhei just emigrated from Korea, and she is worried that the students at her new school are going to make fun of her name. I particularly like the colorful full-page illustrations, the rich cultural details, and the fact that Unhei’s first friend is a boy. 
    My Name is Sangoel   
    by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
    When Sangoel moves from a refugee camp in Sudan to the United States, he is homesick and upset that the children in his class cannot pronounce his name. He finally comes up with a clever solution to this problem while remaining true to his heritage. I like how this book addresses the sensitive subject of refugee resettlement. The author provides a teaching guide on her website.  
    Three Names of Me   
    by Mary Cummings
    This book frames the topic of adoption around a Chinese-American girl’s three names:her name from her birth mother, her name from the orphanage, and her name from her adopted parents. The warm, delicate illustrations enhance the reflective tone of this book. This book started a discussion about how people can have many names throughout their lives. 
    The First Thing My Mama Told Me   
    by Susan Marie Swanson
    Seven year-old Lucy narrates memories from each year of her life, with an emphasis on her name. For example, she tells about how she scribbled her name when she was three and stomped her name in the snow when she was six. This book felt a little young to me, however it provided needed balance with a character who was proud of her name throughout the book.  
        My Name is Yoon   
    by Helen Recorvits

    This book is quite similar to The Name Jar (think of the Venn diagram opportunities.) It also tells the story of a Korean immigrant girl who explores alternatives to her own name. 

    The Important Book   
    by Margaret Wise Brown
     Written as a pattern book, this author shares important details about items that make the item ever so more important.
    Chapter Book Suggestions
     The Worst Name in Third Grade    by Debbie Dadey
    My Name is Maria Isabel     by K. Dyble Thompson
    Gooney Bird Greene  by Lois Lowry
    Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger

    Many websites about names were created to help parents decide on names for their babies.  There are also many other books about names.
Last Modified on September 8, 2019