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- One of the few civics series targeted at the elementary grade level. Most civics books are aimed at middle school or older students. - Good introduction for 3rd to 5th graders on the basics of civics. - Cross-curricular material includes information about American history as well as government and politics. - Index helps readers find key subject matter quickly. - "To Find Out More" section directs readers to other books, organizations, and web sites for further information on the subject. - Sidebars enhance the text by providing additional facts and information. National Standards: National Social Studies Standards Grades K-4 Individuals, Groups, and Institutions: V - Identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions - Give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change Power, Authority, and Governance: VI - Give examples of how government does or does not provide for the needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict - Distinguish among local, state, and national government - Recognize and give examples of the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and justice Civic Ideals and Practices: X - Identify the key ideals of the American democratic form of government - Identify and practice selected forms of civic discussion and participation - Recognize that a variety of formal and informal factors influence and shape public policy
Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each A True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. A staple of library collections since the 1950s, the new A True Book series is the definitive nonfiction series for elementary school readers.