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1970s Elementary School Textbooks: Far Out Learning

In the 1970s, was a very different time. The Vietnam War raged on and most families could only afford one car. But in school classrooms, kids were learning about topics that are still relevant today, like math and science. These 1970s elementary school textbooks can be a window into what our generation’s childhood was really like.

Math:

Basic Mathematics Grades K-12 by Edward A. Davis

Age or grade range covered: K-12 (ages kindergarten to 12th)

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “Basic mathematics textbooks for grades k through 12”

Author of the textbook: Edward A. Davis

When it was released: 1970

What grade math textbook is this?: Elementary School Math Textbooks, Basic Mathematics Grades K-12 by Edward A. Davis

Math (Elementary) by Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

Age or grade range covered: grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “Introduces the child to arithmetic, measurement, geometry, statistics”

Author of the textbook: Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

When it was released: 1970

What grade Math textbook is this?: Elementary School Math Textbook, grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

Science:

Science for Early Childhood Education Teachers and Parents, Grades Prekindergarten through Grade Two by Mildred Lagerstrom

Age or grade range covered: Grades Prekindergarten through Grade Two (ages pre-K to second)

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “A science text for early childhood educators and parents”

Author of the textbook: Mildred Lagerstrom

When it was released: 1974

What grade science textbook is this?: Elementary School Science Textbook, Grades PreK-Grade Two

The Living World by Mary E. Rothgeb, Phyllis Gjerstad and Mildred Lagerstrom

Age or grade range covered: K through Grade 12 (ages pre-K to twelfth)

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “Describes the earth as a living thing”

Author of the textbook: Mary E. Rothgeb, Phyllis Gjerstad and Mildred Lagerstrom

When it was released: 1970

What grade science textbook is this?: Elementary School Science Textbook, K through Grade 12

Social Studies:

The World We Live In by Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

Age or grade range covered: K through Grade 12 (ages pre-K to twelfth)

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “Introduces world geography-geology, man’s development of the earth, climate and weather”

Author of the textbook: Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

When it was released: 1970

What grade social studies textbook is this?: Elementary School Social Studies Textbook, K through Grade 12

Social Studies (Elementary) by Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

Age or grade range covered: grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “Covers the basics in a step-by-step, easy for youngsters”

Author of the textbook: Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

When it was released: 1970s (not specified)

What grade Social Studies textbook is this?: Elementary School Social Studies Textbook, grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

English:

English (Elementary) by Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

Age or grade range covered: grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “Introduces the child to the world of literature”

Author of the textbook: Jeanette Eaton and Mary E. Rothgeb

When it was released: 1970

What grade English textbook is this?: Elementary School English Textbook, grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

May I Come In? by Theodore Clymer

Age or grade range covered: grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “A study of living in a house and the things that happen there”

Author of the textbook: Theodore Clymer

When it was released: 1970s (not specified)

What grade English textbook is this?: Elementary School English Textbook, grades one to six; ages five to eleven years old

What’s a Mummy? by Patricia F. Scarry

Age or grade range covered: grades three and four; ages eight to twelve years old

Description of textbook’s subject matter: “A full-color illustrated story of a mummified boy, and the discovery of his tomb”

Author of the textbook: Patricia F. Scarry

When it was released: 1970s (not specified)

What grade English textbook is this?: Elementary School English Textbook, grades three and four; ages eight to twelve years old

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