Comparing the Past with the Present
The May Amelia books by Jennifer L. Holm are popular with my colleagues who teach Washington State history to fourth graders. Set in southwest Washington in about 1900, I use it to teach about settlements just after statehood.
To go along with this book and other historical fiction books, I created a graphic organizer where students compare daily tasks from the past and present and imagine what those tasks will be like in the future. To download the Past, Present, and Future organizer, please visit this post at Artistry of Education.
I am a third generation public school teacher who has been in education since 1987. I have taught elementary students full time for 20+ years. I am also a freelance curriculum writer. You can contact me at mrs.mjbauer(at)gmail(dot)com.