For timeline, review my previous post on supplemental resources. We have a timeline as a border in our schoolroom area (a.k.a., a garage), where we post pictures of people/events we're studying from our timeline. We will also be using a "Book of Decades" timeline notebook by Guest Hollow (rather than a "Book of Centuries" notebook). This timeline is in expanded form (in decades instead of centuries) as you enter the 1700s, which will work better for us as we study American History. For a cover page, click here. Be sure to download the Statehood,U.S. President, and American Music Timeline add-ons I mentioned in the previous post on supplemental resources.
Also check out this great sampler of Timeline Games, which includes timeline event cards from the American Revolution, Civil War, Space Exploration, Astronomy, Lewis & Clark, U.S. Presidents, Statehood, and New York City.
History for all of Cycle 3For a list of some free history books written in an understandable format for children, go to our previous post Supplementing CC on a Shoestring. There are several history books out there on the public domain as free pdf (or other e-reader format). Because we like to read so much literature, we listen to history books when audio is available. American History Stories Vol 1 & 2 by Mara Pratt are available as free audiobooks at Librivox. As we stated in our previous post, other audio and pdf downloads for use with American History can be found at Project Gutenberg, Google e-books, Librivox or Archive.org. For even more children's literature, visit The Baldwin On-Line Children's Literature Project (also called mainlesson.com), as well as Children's Books On-Line and StoryCove.
- American History Stories Volume 1 by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick: pdf audio downloads
- American History Stories Volume 2 by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick: pdf audio downloads
- American History Stories Volume 3 by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick: pdf
- American History Stories Volume 4 by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick: pdf
We will also be using Story of the World and A Short History of the United States. View our History Readings Schedule for these books, along with details and download links. I will not be listing specific pages below in our week-by-week resources lists, though I have included them for Week 1 just to show you how we will be starting out with them. If these are not in a style you prefer, you can also find additional free books for American History at Old-Fashioned Education, which also includes suggested reading levels for many of the books listed.
For a listing of elementary-school-level literature for American History, including picture books, go to our American History Literature Resources page.
For a free American History Curriculum visit The Simple Homeschool's Raising Refounders. With historical videos, interactive maps, biographies, unit studies, and worksheets (for grades 3-6 AND grades 7-12), this is really the only resource you would need for an introduction to Early American History. Free registration is required to download the materials, and there exists a download quota (I think it's five per calendar day?). I have purchased Simple Schooling's Early American History from Vikings to the Civil War, which includes all of these history unit study downloads (and more - 700 pages worth!) for $3.99 at Currclick. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fact that the Raising Refounders materials were transferred and reformatted from older books in the public domain, the Columbus e-book states the year of his birth as 1436. In fact, some of the historical books used in elementary schools in the early to mid 1900s included his birth anywhere from 1436 to 1451, mainly due to discrepancies in records and uncertainty in when he was actually born. You can see this for yourself if you do a simple search on American History books on google e-books. One example is First Book in American History by historians Charles Beard and William Bagley.)
And Homeschoolshare has a VERY COOL lapbook on the U.S. Presidents. They also have free resources for the American Revolution, the Civil War, Native Americans, Westward Expansion, and the Great Depression.
Use this interactive history map as you study American History this year.
Also, visit Libertyskids.com for games and activities, or watch 40 episodes of Liberty's Kids videos on youtube.
|Liberty's Kids Website|
Schoolhouse Rock has several videos on America. I'm listing them all here for now, even though some are for future weeks.
- No More Kings (Colonization of the New World)
- The Shot Heard Round the World (American Revolution)
- Fireworks (Declaration of Independence)
- Preamble (US Constitution Preamble)
- Elbow Room (Westward Expansion)
- The Great American Melting Pot (American Immigration)
- I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College (Electoral College)
- I'm Just a Bill (Law Making Process)
- Mother Necessity (Inventions)
- Three Ring Government (Branches of the US Gov't)
- Sufferin' Till Suffrage (Women's Rights)
Week 1: Columbus
History for Weeks 1-6
Last year when we studied the Age of Exploration, we discovered that the living history museum The Nina was in port in Chattanooga. . As of this writing, they've not yet updated their schedule for the 2011-2012 school year, but I've confirmed that they will be continuing to travel across the country, as they only take off for maintenance during January and February. See our previous post for more details about visiting The Nina.
Santa Maria paper toy offered by papertoys.com. You can download a version in color or this one in black-and-white. The template needs to be printed on cardstock, and you'll need three toothpicks for the flags. I would recommend this activity for grades 4 and up.
|Our Santa Maria Paper Model|
- A Columbus Mini-Book that provides room for children to illustrate.
- Christoper Columbus character with movable parts
- Compare Christopher Columbus maps to present day.
- Santa Maria paper toy offered by papertoys.com
- From The Children's Treasury of Virtues, "Sail On! Sail On!" by Joaquin Miller (pg 148)
- Listen to: Columbus by Joaquin Miller on archive.org (or download mp3 here):
- Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad, along with a free unit study and Columbus Game at Homeschoolshare.
- Listen to or read American History Stories Vol 1: Chapters 1-8. (For specific pages, view our post on History Readings for Cycle 3.)
- Listen to or read A Short History of the United States Section I. (For specific pages, view our post on History Readings for Cycle 3.)
- Listen to Old Time Radio (OTR) Show Cavalcade of America You Were There Columbus Discovers America program. (Download mp3 here.)
- Listen to OTR Cavalcade of America's Admiral of the Ocean Sea. (Download mp3 here.)
- Read excerpts from Discoverers and Explorers By Edward Shaw from Brandenburg Studies, or listen to the audios at Librivox.
Week 2: Pilgrims
We will be completing A Journey Through Learning's free lapbook/unit study called "Overview of the 17th Century." Sign up for their newsletter to receive this resource (a $14 value). Click here for a sample. It contains topics such as: The Northwest Passage, Pocahontas, Church of England, Puritans, Mayflower Journey, Life of the Pilgrims, Squanto,Salem Witch Trials, and the 13 colonies.
- Create Mayflower craft
- Create paper pilgrims, a paper Mayflower, and other crafts.
- Go on a Virtual Thanksgiving Field Trip to Plimouth Plantation
- Reading: Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims, The Thanksgiving Story, Pocahontas
- From The Children's Treasury of Virtues: "The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving" (pg. 240)
- Listen to Cavalcade of America's You Were There Program Sailing of the Mayflower (download mp3)
- Download Practical Pages Notebooking and mini-book combo for the Pilgrims and Early American History. She also offers some pages on early life in the colonies.
For a fun way to discuss the Boston Tea Party, download the 1773 edition of The Boston Tea Party by H.W. McVickar, free on google e-books. It is an illustrated poem that even young children will enjoy! You can also find other versions at archive.org.
We are hoping to also complete the free American Revolution Lapbook (click here for direct link to lapbook download) available on the Just Us blog. This can be completed in conjunction with reading Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, which would be a good book to read over a semester; it contains 12 chapters with 4-5 sections in each chapter.Read or listen to G.A. Henty's True to the Old Flag. (Click here for audio. Click here for pdf.)
Practical Pages also offers some lapbook templates for the Boston Tea Party.
For the gamers, Mission US is a free on-line role-playing game that includes history leading up to the Boston Tea Party. An interactive game where you might actually learn something useful? I can't believe it! Don't forget to download the teacher's resource packet, which includes history information and short biographies.
Week 4: Declaration of Independence
- Reading Well offers audio dramas based on Dorothy Canfield Fisher's books Our Independence and the Constitution, Paul Revere and The Minutemen, and Bruce Bliven, Jr.'s The American Revolution.
- Create a paper model of Jamestown, part of Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers American Revolution sample packet.
- Be sure to visit Raising Refounders.
- Listen to The Founding Documents of the United States of America from Learn Out Loud, which includes (along with short summaries of the context & significance of each):
- Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" Speech
- The United States Declaration of Independence
- The Articles of Confederation
- The Virginia Plan
- The Constitution of the United States
- Federalist Paper No. 51
- United States Bill of Rights
- Subsequent U.S. Constitutional Amendments
- First Inaugural Address of President George Washington
- My Audio School offers links to The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America, 1787 in audio and pdf format.
- Practical Pages also offers some lapbook templates for the Declaration of Independence.
- Create toy soldiers with clothespins.
- Simple Schooling offers a free unit study on Why We Celebrate the 4th of July. It includes a simple explanation of the American Revolution, The Star-Spangled Banner, and The Pledge of Allegiance along with worksheets & other activities.
- From EarlyAmerica.com, watch short films on Famous Moments in Early American History. Early America also offers Music of Early America, including The Star-Spangled Banner, Revolutionary War Music, and America.
- Listen to Old Time Radio (OTR) Show Cavalcade of America You Were There Declaration of Independence program. (Download mp3 here.)
- Listen to one of my personal favorites (because I was the piccolo soloist for this in Junior High):
- Download a copy of America Copywork and puzzles offered by Homeschool Bits. It includes information about our Founding Fathers.
- Seveal resources on Thomas Jefferson can be found at Garden of Praise.
Week 5: George WashingtonRead or listen to the first 15 chapters of Four Great Americans by James Baldwin - all about Washington's life for young readers. pdf | Audio
Create a lapbook on George Washington available at Lapbook Lessons. Practical Pages also offers some George Washington lapbook components. In fact, you may want to visit Nadene's History page for many resources you might use for American History.
Visit Washington's World. Great Interactive Website!
Watch a 30-minute video about George Washington and The War for Independence (this is split into 9 parts, etch about 2-4 minutes long).
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 1)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 2)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 3)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 4)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 5)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 6)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 7)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 8)
- George Washington & The War of Independence (Part 9)
Be sure to check out Raising Refounders Resources!Week 6: Lousiana Purchase
- For printables on the Louisiana Purchase, go to Homeschool Helper Online.
- Go to National Atlas to download a copy of a territorial acquisitions map.
- For the Lewis and Clark Expedition, National Geographic and PBS both have great on-line resources, but Discovering Lewis and Clark provides the most extensive site on the Internet. It is what I call a "living website," one in which suggestions are encouraged and updates are made based upon new articles and research. PBS provides a timeline for the expedition as well.
- National Geographic provides an interactive map with highlights along the way. And click here for PBS's index of maps.
- Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark using this on-line game from National Geographic.
- If you're planning to read Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers, Homeschoolshare offers a Free Lewis and Clark and Me Unit Study.
- Reading Well offers an audio presentation on Lewis and Clark Expedition by Richard Neuberger.
- Watch a 5-minute video on Sacagawea.
- Read Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to Congress requesting money and reasons for this expedition.
- Check out Dynamic2Mom's notebooking pages and mini-books to help you record your learnings as you study Lewis & Clark. For more activities, go to Homeschool Helper On-line.
- Create homemade Lewis & Clark Journals
- Listen to Cavalcade of America's Will to Explore.
- Review everything you've learned by playing this Lewis & Clark Jeopardy Game.s
I'm working on updating our "Classical Conversations" and "Freebies" pages to make it a little easier to find everything but will be taking a break for several days now. If you have ideas or resources you want to share, please feel free to comment or email me! Blessings to you all!
I post resources that correlate with Classical Conversations not only to benefit other parents, but it also helps me to get organized. If you have landed on this blog post and are looking for:
- History Readings/Correlations, click here.
- Math resources, click here.
- Timeline resources, click here.
- Geography resources, click here.
- Science resources, click here.
- American History Literature resources, click here.
- Fine Arts resources, click here.
- Latin resources, click here.
- Bible resources (not specifically for Classical Conversations), click here.
- How to organize everything, click here.
- How we do Classical Conversations at home, click here.
- What a day in the life of our Classical Conversations Community looks like, click here.
- And how to supplement CC on a shoestring, click here.