• Media Center Resources

     

    1900s

     

    Conklin, T. (1997). The Titanic sinks! New York: Random House.

    Call Tag: 363 CO

    Lexile 790L MG

    “Recounts the story of how the world's biggest, safest ship sank on its first trip.”

     

    Hills, K.(1992). 1900s: The first decade. Austin, TX: Raintree/Steck Vaughn Books.

    Call Tag: 909 SHA

    Lexile ~890L

    “Explores the decade of the 1930s worldwide, a time which included the Depression, Gandhi's defiance of British rule in India, the Spanish Civil War, and the abdication of Edward VIII.”

     

    Hopkins, D. (2003). Girl wonder: A baseball story in nine innings. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

    Call Tag: E HOP

    Lexile 380

    “In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way that she can play, even though she is a girl.”

     

    Landau, E. (2005). The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. New York: Children’s Press.

    Call Tag: 974 LAN

    Lexile ~540L

    “Describes the 1911 fire that destroyed New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and killed nearly one hundred and fifty workers, examining its causes and the reforms that came as a result of the tragedy.”

     

    McCully, E. R. (2004). Squirrel and John Mir. New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux.

    Call Tag: E MCC

    Lexile 620L

    “In the early 1900s, a wild little girl nicknamed Squirrel meets John Muir, later to become a famous naturalist, when he arrives at her parents' hotel in Yosemite Valley seeking work and knowledge about the natural world.”

     

    Osborne, W. & Osborne, M. P. (2002). Titanic: A nonfiction companion to Tonight on the Titanic. New York: Random House.

    Call Tag: 910 OS

    Lexile 680L

    “Presents the history of the steamship Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912 and examines some of the questions concerning the sinking of the famous "unsinkable" ship.”

     

    Sharman, M. (2004). 1900s: The first decade. Austin, TX: Raintree/Steck Vaughn Books.

    Call Tag: 909 SHA

    Lexile ~890L

    “Explores the decade of the 1900s worldwide, a time which included the Wright brothers' first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, a Nobel Prize for Marie Curie and her husband, and the end of the Victorian Era.”

     

    Sharman, M. (2004). 1910s: The first decade. Austin, TX: Raintree/Steck Vaughn Books.

    Call Tag: 909 SHA

    Lexile ~890L

    “Explores the decade of the 1910s worldwide, a time of great upheaval, including the events surrounding World War I and the Russian Revolution.”

     

    City Growth

     

    Brown, G. (1993). The struggle to grow : expansionism and industrialization, 1880-1913. New York: Twenty First Century Books.

    Call Tag: 973 BR

    Lexile ~890

    “Primary source materials present life on the Western frontier, urbanization, immigration, social reformers, and contemporary technology.”

     

    Krenski, S. (n. d.). Four against the odds: the struggle to save our environment. Schlistic.

    Call Tag: B MUI

    Lexile  ~670

    “In the last one hundred years, people have changed the face of the world in countless ways. Industry and progress have given us electricity, the automobile and telephone. The have also given the world pollution, population explosion, and mass migration.”

     

    Sioux, T. (2002). Immigration, migration and the growth of the American city. New York: Rosen.

    Call Tag: 307 SI

    Lexile 890 MG

    “Explores immigration, migration, and the growth of the American city and includes information about factory towns, early working conditions, child labor, unions, and the railroad industry.”

     

    Smucker, A. E. (1989). No star nights. New York: Knopf.

    Call Tag: E SMU

    Lexile 980L LG

    “A young girl growing up in a steel mill town in the 1950s describes her childhood and how it was affected by the local industry.”




    Alexander Graham Bell

     

    Animated Heros Classics. (n. d.). Alexander Graham Bell. Living History Productions, Inc.

    Video Time 30 minutes

    “Discover how innovation and determination can lead to world changing inventions.”

     

    Davidson, M. (1997). THe story of Alexander Graham Bell: inventor of the telephone. Milwaukee, WI: Gareth Stevens Publishing.

    Call Tag: B BEL

    Lexile 875L

    “This book presents a biography of the man whose curiosity and perseverance led to various inventions, particularly the telephone, for which he is best known.”

     

    Saddleback Editors. (2008). Alexander Graham Bell. Irvine, CA: Saddleback Educational Pub.

    Call Tag: B BEL

    Lexile GN 530L

    “Graphic novel biography of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.”

     

    George Washington Carver

     

    Adler, D. A. (1999). A picture book of George Washington Carver. New York: Holiday House.

    Call Tag: 921 CAR

    Lexile AD750L

    “A brief biography of the African-American scientist who overcame tremendous hardship to make unusual and important discoveries in the field of agriculture.”

     

    Bennett, D. (2012). George Washington Carver. Hamilton, GA: State Standards Publishers.

    Call Tag: 921 CAR

    Lexile 260

    “Looks at the life of George Washington Carver, covering his birth in Missouri, his education, his time as a teacher, and his work with peanuts and potatoes.”

     

    Gomez, R. (2003). George Washington Carver. Edina, Minn.: Abdo Puublisher.

    Call Tag: 921 Car

    Lexile 580LG

    “An introduction to the life of George Washington Carver, who was born a slave in Missouri and went on to become a college professor known for his accomplishments in the field of agriculture.”

     

    Miller, B. K. (2008). George Washington Carver. Pleasantville, New York: Weekly Reader.

    Call Tag: 921 CAR

    Lexile 750LG

    “Looks at the life of George Washington Carver, a man born in slavery who became a famous scientist, best known for his work with peanuts.”

     

    The Peanut Man. (n. d.). Richardson, TX: Grace Products Corp.

    Video

    Time 30 minutes

    “Over one hundred years ago, Dr. George Washington Carver was faced with a life-changing choice. On his way to becoming rich and famous Dr. Carver was asked by Booker T. Washington to give it all up for some people he didn't even know.”

    Thomas Edison

     

    deMauro, L. (2015). Thomas Edison a brilliant inventor. Time for Kids, ed. New York: Harper Collins.

    Call Tag: 921 EDI

    Lexile 680L

    “Presents a short biography of Thomas Edison discussing some of his many inventions which include the light bulb, phonograph, and moving pictures, and chronicles his childhood and early projects.”

     

    Rich, R. (1992). Thomas Edison and the electric light [video]. Dallas, TX: Family Entertainment Network.

    “Animated depiction of America's Edison invention of the electric light.”

     

    Immigration

     

    Greenwood, B. (2007). Factory girl. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.

    Call Tag: F GRE

    Lexile 850L MG

    “A fictional story of a young girl working in a garment factory, based on the real-life plight of working children in North American cities in the early 1900s.”

     

    Olson, K. M. (2002). Chinese immigrants: 1850-1900. Mankato, MN: Blue Earth Books.

    Call Tag: 973 OLS

    Lexile ~900

    “Discusses the reasons Chinese people left their homeland to come to America, the experiences immigrants had in the new country, and the contributions this cultural group made to American society. Includes sidebars and activities.”



    Sioux, T. (2004). Immigration, migration and the growth of the American city. New York: Rosen.

    Call Tag: 307 SI

    Lexile ~880

    “Explores immigration, migration, and the growth of the American city and includes information about factory towns, early working conditions, child labor, unions, and the railroad industry.”



    Charles Lindbergh

     

    Saddleback Editors. (2008). Charles Lindbergh. Irvine, CA: Saddleback Educational Pub.

    Call Tag: B Lin

    Lexile GN630L

    “Graphic novel biography of pilot Charles Lindbergh.”

     

    Theodore Roosevelt

     

    Olson, N. (n. d.). Theodore Roosevelt : bear of a president.

    Call Tag: B ROO

    Lexile 720L

    “Tells the life story, in graphic novel format, of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose strong will and leadership skill helped him pass many social, political, and conservation reforms.”

     

    Rosenstock, B. (2012). The camping trip that changed America. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.

    Call Tag: 979 ROS

    Lexile 740L

    “When President Theodore Roosevelt learned of John Muir's efforts to preserve America's forests, he planned a trip to the majestic sequoia and redwood forests of California to meet him.“

     

    The Spanish-American War

     

    Smolinski, D. (2003). Battles of the Spanish-American War. Chicago, IL: Heinemann.

    Call Tag: 973 SMO

    Lexile ~680L

    “Uses primary materials to describe the important battles fought during the Spanish-American War.”

     

    Smolinski, D. (2003). Soldiers of the Spanish-American War. Chicago, IL: Heinemann.

    Call Tag: 973 SMO

    Lexile ~680L

    “Uses primary sources to show what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Spanish-American War.”

     

    The Wright Brothers

     

    Buckley, J. Jr. (n. d.) Who were the Wright Brothers? Perma-Bound Books.

    Call Tag: B WRI

    Lexile 890L

    “Biography of the twentieth-century aviation pioneers, including their invention of the airplane and their first-ever flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C.”

     

    Schaefer, L. M. (2000). THe Wright Brothers. Mankato, MN: Capstone.

    Call Tag: 920 SCH

    Lexile 370 L

    “Simple text and photographs present the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright and their pioneering efforts in the development of the airplane.”

     

    Schlessinger, A. (2001). The Wright Brothers [video]. Waynewood, PA: Schlessinger Media.

    “Examines the inventions of the Wright brothers, who turned the dream of human flight into reality. See them test their ideas for gliders, propellers, and airplane engines, resulting in the first powered airplane, dubbed The Flyer.”



    myOn Resources

     

       The 1900s

     

    Otfinoski, S. (2014). The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire: Core events of an industrial fire. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 28 minutes

    Lexile NC 990L

    “Whether they occur at home or in the workplace, fires are devastating events that sometimes cause the tragic deaths of innocent people. Find out what happened when a factory in New York City caught fire in the early 1900s. And discover why so many workers were unable to escape the blazing building.”

     

    Yomtov, N. (2015). Titanic disaster!: Nickolas Flux and the Sinking of the great ship. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 22 minutes

    Lexile GN 520L

    “When a spontaneous time leap sends Nickolas Flux back to the Titanic's maiden voyage, what's a teenage history buff to do? Try to avoid going down with the ship, of course! From trying to help spot icebergs to getting off the sinking ship safely, Nick must survive one of the most disastrous events of the early 1900s.”

     

    Yomtov, N. (2015). Trapped in Antarctica!: Nickolas Flux and the Shackleton Expedition. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 27 minutes

    Lexile GN 580L

    “When a spontaneous time leap sends Nickolas Flux back to Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance Expedition to Antarctica, what's a teenage history buff to do? Try to avoid becoming stranded at the bottom of the world, of course! From the crushing of the Endurance by ice to the heroic lifeboat journey to South Georgia Island, Nick must survive one of the most amazing expeditions of the early 1900s.”

     

        Alexander Graham Bell

     

    Chambers, C. (2014). Alexander Graham Bell. Heinemann-Raintree Publishers.

    Time 22 minutes

    Lexile 870L

    “This book traces the life of Alexander Graham Bell, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the invention for which he is best known: the telephone. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Bell's life.”

     

    James, E. (2017). Alexander Graham Bell. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 3 minutes

    Lexile ~350

    “Explore the life and achievements of Alexander Graham Bell. Photographs, a timeline, and easy-to-read text tell the story of this famous inventor.”

     

        George Washington Carver

     

    Colins, L. (2014). George Washington Carver. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 3 minutes

    Lexile NC790L

    “Explore the life and achievements of world famous inventor and teacher, George Washington Carver.”

    Fandel, J. (2007). Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 18 minutes

    Lexile GN 660

    “Tells the story of how Alexander Graham Bell came up with the telephone, and how his invention changed the way people communicate. Written in graphic-novel format.”

     

    Labrecque, E. (2014). George Washington Carver.

    Time 23 minutes

    Lexile 950L

    “This book traces the life of George Washington Carver, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the agricultural discoveries for which he is best known. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Carver's life.”

     

    Olson, N. (2006). George Washington Carver: Ingenious inventor.

    Time 18 minutes

    GN 600L

    “Tells the story of plant scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. Written in graphic-novel format.”

     

        Thomas Edison

     

    Barnham, K. (2014). Thomas Edison. Heinemann-Raintree

    Time 19 minutes

    Lexile 860

    “This book traces the life of Thomas Edison, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the many inventions for which he is best known. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Edison's life.”

     

    Weakland, M. (2017). Thomas Edison fed someone worms. Picture Window Books.

    Time 10 minutes

    Lexile 680L

    “Thomas Edison became a great American inventor and businessman. But do you know what he was like as a child? From exploring shipyards and pastures to feeding a girl worms, Thomas was a curious and creative child. This playful story of his childhood will help young readers connect with a historic figure and will inspire them to want to achieve greatness.”

     

    Welvaert, S. R. (2007). Thomas Edison and the light bulb. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 13 minutes

    Lexile GN 690L

    “Tells the story of Thomas Edison's involvement in the development of the incandescent light bulb. Written in graphic-novel format.”

     

            Henry Ford

     

    James, E. (2017). Henry Ford.Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 3 minutes
    Lexile ~330

    “Explore the life and achievements of Henry Ford. Photographs, a timeline, and easy-to-read text tell the story of this great automobile maker who started the Ford Motor Company.”

     

    O’Hearn, M. (2007). Henry Ford and the Model T. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 13 minutes

    Lexile GN 630L

    “Tells the story of Henry Ford, along with his invention, the popular Model T automobile.”

     

        Immigration

     

    Baker, B. (2016). Life in America: Comparing immigrants experiences.  Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 36 minutes

    Lexile 850L

    “Immigrant groups were not treated equally when they arrived in America. Some were loved and welcomed. Others were hated and cast aside. Compare and contrast immigrant experiences and how those experiences changed the United States. Meets Common Core standards for comparing accounts of an event.”

     

    Gunderson, J. (2016). Emma’s new beginning. Stone Arch Books.

    Time 1 hour 22 minutes

    Lexile 550L

    “The year is 1910, and Emma Schweitzer and her family are immigrating to America in hopes of finding a better life. Their German colony in South Russia is falling under new restrictions imposed by the Russian government, and in order to escape poverty and tyranny, the family decides to move to North Dakota to live with an uncle. But their journey is not an easy one. The ship is overcrowded, health inspectors can detain any family or deny them entry, and swindlers are eager to prey on new immigrants. Can Emma be strong enough to succeed in a new country where she can't even understand the language? Through Emma's story, this gripping historical novel captures the hardships immigrants faced in pursuit of the American dream.”

     

    Kravitz, D. (2016). In the shadow of Lady Liberty: Immigrant stories from Ellis Island. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 32 minutes

    Lexile 920L

    “Immigrants gazed upon the towering Statue of Liberty and entered the gates of Ellis Island in order to begin their journeys in America. Meet the immigrants who were processed at Ellis Island, and hear their stories through their own words. Meets Common Core standards for analyzing multiple accounts of an event.”

     

    Kravitz, D. (2016). Journey to America: A chronology of immigration o the 1900s. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 31 minutes

    Lexile 900L

    “Millions of people made the long journey to America in the early 1900s. They looked for freedom, safety, or the promise of a new life. Follow the waves of immigrants that flooded into the United States to see why they came and how they changed the country. Meets Common Core standards for analyzing chronology text structures.”

     

    Mortensen, L. (n. d. ). Angel Island. Picture Window Books.

    Time 10 minutes

    Lexile IG 840L

    “During the late 1800s and early 1900s, nearly 1 million immigrants were processed at the Angel Island immigration station. Although Angel Island was also called The Gateway to the West, for some it became the place that kept them out of the United States. Find out what immigrants had to go through at Angel Island and discover why today Angel Island stands as a symbol of hope and struggle.”

     

    Mortensen, L. (n. d. ). Ellis Island. Picture Window Books.

    Time 8 minutes

    Lexile IG 770L

    “During the late 1800s, 1.5 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island in New York. Find out the history of the immigration station and what immigrants had to go through before entering the United States. You'll soon discover why Ellis Island is considered to be a symbol of freedom and the "American Dream."

     

        The Panama Canal

     

    Leaked, D. (2015). Canals. Heinemann-Raintree Publishers.

    Time 3 minutes

    Lexile 300

    “In this book, children learn all about canals, including different types of canal, how people use canals, and how to stay safe near canals. The book also includes a world map showing some of the most important canals in each continent.”

     

    Stefoff, R. (n. d. ). The Panama Canal. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 23 minutes

    Lexile 710L

    “This title explores and explains how the Panama Canal was built. The canal's construction is described in terms of the engineering process. The book explores why the canal was built and describes the design stages and technologies used during construction. The book also describes the challenges builders faced while building the canal.”

     

        Pearl Harbor

     

    Otfinoski, S. (2016). Day of infamy: The story of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 1:32

    Lexile 910L

    “The quiet Sunday morning was shattered as Japanese warplanes screamed toward the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet without warning. The attack sent shockwaves around the globe, pushing the United States to enter World War II. Through powerful narrative storytelling, follow the tales of people who experienced the tragedy firsthand. Meets Common Core standards for narrative nonfiction and exploring multiple accounts of an event.”




    Sutcliffe, J. (2006). The attack on Pearl Harbor. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 12 minutes

    Lexile GN 540L

    “Tells the story of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States' reaction to the event. Written in graphic-novel format.”



        Theodore Roosevelt

     

    Baker, B. (2016). Roosevelt's Rough Riders: Fearless Cavalry of the Spanish-American War. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 28 minutes

    Lexile 940L

    “Before becoming president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt organized the Rough Riders, a voluntary cavalry during the Spanish-American War. The group included cowboys, miners, law enforcement officials, and American Indians. The cavalry became famous before the war was even over. Infographics, sidebars, and fact boxes bring the experiences of these brave military men to life.”

     

        The Wright Brothers

     

    James, E. (2017). The Wright brothers. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 3 minutes
    Lexile ~330

    “Explore the lives and achievements of the Wright Brothers. Photographs, a timeline, and easy-to-read text tell the story of these famous inventors of the airplane.”

     

    Niz, X. W. (2007). The Wright brothers and the airplane. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Time 18 minutes

    Lexile GN 720L

    “Tells the story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright developed, tested, and successfully flew the first powered airplane. Written in graphic-novel format.”




    Discovery Education Resources

     

        American Industrial Revolution

     

    Media Rich Learning, 1997. The American Industrial Revolution. [Full Video]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    Total Time 2 hours 22 minutes

    Contains the following video segments:

    An introduction to the American Industrial Revolution-Time 1:12

    Railroads-Time 2:44

    Steel Industry-Time 2:08

    Oil Industry-Time 2:51

    Thomas Alva Edison-Time :44

    Agriculture-Time 3:31

    Mining-Time 1:03

    The cattlemen-Time 1:06

    The urban transformation-Time 7:15

    The price of progress-Time 2:06

    Impact of an era-Time 1:18

     

    Discovery Education. (2017). Inventors and Inventions Content Collection. Retrieved from https://app.discoveryeducation.com/learn/collections/049921d7-7a8b-4749-b083-1414ca0d4f94?utm_campaign=Curated_Collections&utm_medium=Search_Banner&utm_source=DiscoveryEducation

    Contains many content boards and videos from Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, etc.

     

    Discovery Education, 2006. New York Up-Close: Immigration and the Industrial Revolution. [Full Video]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    Total Time 34 minutes 24 Seconds

    Contains the following video segments:

    The Building of the Erie Canal-Time 7:29

    Coming to America: New York’s immigrants-Time 5:49

    Edison and the Age of Electricity-Time 6:51

    Workers Rights: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire-Time 5:38

    The Harlem Renaissance-Time 6:40

     

        Immigration

     

    100% Educational Videos, 2004. American Heritage: Immigration to the United States. [Full Video]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    Includes a teacher guide

    Total Time 20 minutes

    Contains the following video segments:

    Introduction: Immigration to the United States-Time 2:43

    Reasons for Immigration-Time 1:43

    19th-Century Immigration-Time 4:16

    Life as an Immigrant-Time 5:20

    Culture-Time 2:31

    Citizenship-Time 1:32

     

    GALILEO

     

    Chicago. (2017). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://school.eb.com.proxygsu-sric.galileo.usg.edu/levels/elementary/article/Chicago/346099

    Article 1 Lexile  820

    Article 2 Lexile 1220

    Contains many images and 3 short videos

     

    Pennsylvania. (2017). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://school.eb.com.proxygsu-sric.galileo.usg.edu/levels/elementary/article/Pennsylvania/345516

    Article 1 Lexile 830

    Article 2 Lexile 1090

    Contains many images and maps

     

    Internet Resources

    Chicago

     

    Dreyfus, B. W. (1995). The City Transformed Railroads and Their Influence on the Growth of Chicago in the 1850s. Retrieved from https://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~dreyfus/history.html

     

    History.com. (2010). Chicago. A & E Networks. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/chicago

     

    Pittsburgh

     

    Industrial Development of the City of Pittsburgh. (n. d.). Industrial Development of the City of Pittsburgh. Retrieved from http://www.ices.cmu.edu/crosslink/resources/articles/Industrial_Development_of_the_City_of_Pittsburgh.pdf

     

    NETSTATE. (2017). Pennsylvania. Retrieved from http://www.netstate.com/states/intro/pa_intro.htm

     

    (2017). Beyond Steel: The History of Pittsburgh Business. PointPark University.

    Retrieved from http://online.pointpark.edu/business/history-of-pittsburgh-business/