I recently mentioned a project we completed five or six years ago covering the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. Here’s the other project we completed that same semester, and it fascinated our oldest son so much that he became a little World War II expert over the span of just a couple of months. These two studies remain some of our favorite memories from our oldest child’s elementary school years…
While researching art and poetry for our Script-n-Scribe Americana copywork book, I came across the visually stunning artwork of American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam, who painted several patriotic pieces during World War I. I’ve been wanting to share this artist’s work paired with patriotic poetry for some time now. I mean… just look at this:
His impressionist technique paired with the contrasts between the flags’ colors and their surroundings are simply striking. Recently our family experienced a real-life look at Childe Hassam’s paintings during the “World War I and American Art” exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Wow! It compelled me to pull this art and poetry study together, just in time for our World War I studies this spring. Thus… we have a new cursive copywork download, free for subscribers of our email newsletter! Click here or on the button below to subscribe to our email newsletter, and you’ll receive this study in your first email from us.
For more World War I copywork, also be sure to check out our “In Flanders Fields” Copywork!
If you enjoy this copywork, be sure to check out our Script-n-Scribe Americana book, which easily integrates the beauty of art and poetry into a gentle introduction/review of basic English grammar concepts.
While on our history trip to the northeastern states, we ferried to Ellis Island to walk in the footsteps of twelve million immigrants who entered the United States through the Ellis Island Immigration Station.
After checking their possessions in the baggage room, immigrants headed towards the Registry Room, which began the long process of inspection for admittance into the country.
And…. it turns out that I was so busy reading about and listening to first-hand accounts that I didn’t take very many photos! This is such an amazing experience for anyone who has the opportunity to visit! If you don’t get a chance to go, be sure to take this virtual tour. You’ll get to hear many of the same accounts!
Before heading to the Statue of Liberty, we found the Ferrell Family on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor®.
Then… we were off to see Lady Liberty!
Even though Isaac fell asleep, this was the highlight of his trip. He still talks about “The Statue from Liberty.”
In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was given as a gift from France to the United States in celebration of the alliance formed during the American Revolution. It has become the symbol of hope and freedom for millions of people since its installation. It was broken down into 350 pieces to ship it to the United States and erected on a granite pedestal inside the walls of Fort Wood.
Broken shackles at her feet symbolize an escape from tyranny. In her left arm she holds a tablet with the date of the Declaration of Independence in Roman numerals. Her crown’s seven spikes symbolize a sunburst spreading enlightenment and reason throughout the world. And the torch and flame represent truth and justice enlightening the world.
Studying Immigrants to America? Try these free resources!
Out of Many One: Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills through the Study of Immigration
Sojourners and Citizens: A Study of Immigration and Citizenship
Immigration — Coming to America
Our favorite books about Immigration
The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff. A family leaves their Russian home to come to America and must pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island. A story that tugs at the heartstrings!
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. Beautiful story about a granddaughter’s journey to America and how she saves money to purchase a ticket for her grandmother to join her. A story of perseverance and love.
The Long Way to a New Land (I Can Read Level 3). A great reader that follows a Swedish family who leaves their home in Sweden to come to a land of opportunity.
Draw Write Now Book 5: United States, From Sea to Sea, Moving Forward. Step-by-step instructions for drawing patriotic images and symbols, along with historical persons such as George Washington and Lewis & Clark, as well as wagons, astronauts, and more.
882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about Titanic. If you have a student who is interested in Titanic, this is a great book. Our oldest read it through several times throughout his elementary education.
What Was Ellis Island? A simple independent read or read aloud for younger children. Includes great historical insets and illustrations.
Have you ever wished for a simple and engaging way to embark on a crafty, hands-on history study with elementary-aged children?
Four years ago, our family pieced together a hands-on history unit study covering American events, people, and places of the 20th century. Now that we’re revisiting the 1900s with our memory work again this semester, we’re looking back through our previous work, and… boy! This was such a fun and interactive way to learn American history (and art and science)! We not only learned about historical events related to our history and timeline memory work, but we also learned about medical advancements, sports figures, food, and fashion, just to name a few. It’s one reason our family has so enjoyed our Homeschool in the Woods studies – not only have we learned so much, but we’ve also enjoyed revisiting these memories as we look back through the treasures of our past studies!
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The 20th Century Lap Pak unit study / activity packet (downloadable or on CD-ROM) includes reading and activities for…
Historical Events & Movements, such as World Wars, the Great Depression, NATO, the Space Race, National Disasters, and Civil Rights (including Brown vs. Board of Education):
Advancements in Medicine, Transportation, and Science/Technology
Art Movements & Architectural Accomplishments
Fashion & Dining (with recipes to try!)
Modern missionaries, music, 20th-century authors & literature, and sports figures
and summarizes everything with a Timeline of the 20th Century
This hands-on history study includes detailed instructions for printing and assembling each activity…
along with a booklet which includes readings that correspond to each event/activity.
For those in Classical Conversations, this project activity pak has several tie-ins to this semester’s memory work but is a simpler option than the more in-depth Time Travelers study of the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. Overall, it’s a fantastic way to get a chronological overview of U.S. events during the 1900s.
Things we’ve enjoyed about the Homeschool in the Woods project paks:
- Great overview of subject matter
- Creative graphics and papercrafts that encourage retention of the events/people/places
- Detailed instructions (with illustrations) explaining how to cut, fold, and assemble the pieces
- Hands-on method of learning some extra history (and a touch of science and art and music)
- Includes a timeline, and we love timelines around here!
- My children love making the pieces and playing with the pieces long after it is finished (which incorporates a good deal of review)
The suggested grade level for completing this project pak is Grade 3-8, but our younger (Grade K-2) children have also enjoyed participating in these projects. If you’re not sure if you or your children would enjoy a unit study such as this one, visit Homeschool in the Woods to see photos of all the projects and to download the free samples of Timeline Figures, Time Travelers, Project Passports, and Olde World Style Maps by visiting the individual product pages. (In fact, we tried out several of the freebies before we ever purchased a Homeschool in the Woods unit study.)
I totally mean it when I say we love these studies! This has been our favorite way to learn history. Even to this day, we continue to find ways to work them into our schedule – either over breaks, over weekends, or on an occasional afternoon. Here’s a sneak peek at other Homeschool in the Woods Studies we’ve completed thus far:
Timelines: Studying History through the Ages
Using Homeschool in the Woods Timelines for Challenge
Artists Activity Lap Pak
Studying World War II
Composer & Orchestra Study
New World Explorers: Columbus and the Age of Exploration
Colonial Life: Handicrafts in History Studies
American Revolution Study
Early 19th Century Study
Benjamin Franklin Unit Study (for grades K-2)
Renaissance & Reformation by Homeschool in the Woods
Middle Ages Project Passport by Homeschool in the Woods
Homeschool in the Woods New Testament Activity Pak
Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
If you have questions about any of these studies, be sure to give us a shout!
Six years have passed since we first used this simple method of learning the first twelve elements of the Periodic Table. Our Atomic Cookies and Element Flashcards were a simple, enjoyable way to apply some of what we were learning about the elements a few years ago. Since then, I’ve added some simple notebooking pages and game ideas for extending the use of those homemade element flashcards. Here’s a peek at the element flashcards template, along with an example for Hydrogen:
How do you fill it out? Well, let’s take a look:
What is the atomic number?
It is the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom, which is also the number of electrons in a neutral atom.
For any element:
- Number of Protons = Atomic Number
- Number of Electrons = Number of Protons = Atomic Number
- Number of Neutrons = Atomic Mass – Atomic Number
Check out our favorite free Periodic Table of Elements here.
What is a cookie?
In this case, it’s a small flat or slightly raised cake with icing and hearts on top. Specifically, it’s a pre-packaged, Betty-Crocker type of cookie called “Pumpkin Spice” because it was on clearance at Wal-Mart.
Aren’t they lovely?
If you squint, you can read the homemade element flashcards Stephen made (6 years ago at age 8) for the first four elements of the Periodic Table.
For our atomic cookies:
- Number of Protons = Pink Hearts
- Number of Electrons = White Hearts
- Number of Neutrons = Red Hearts
And now… in addition to the atomic cookies, we also have some notebooking pages for students to record something interesting about each element. We’ve included an example of how you would use the notebooking page for the element Hydrogen. And… there are two line-sizes available for the notebooking pages – just choose whichever size is best for your student!
Other favorite Elemental Resources include…
Free Periodic Table of Elements with pictures and additional information for each element (mentioned above)
Free Chemistry, Element, and Periodic Table Games and Activities by Ellen McHenry
Free printable Element Flashcards with images and extra information