Category: History and World Cultures Units

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History: Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, Songhai

We’re so excited to officially be back in school! Last week, I shared some of our science plans.  For history we will be doing a big unit on Slavery and the Civil War.  As we ease back into our routine, we’re going to spend some time learning about history West Africa just prior to the onset of the slave trade.  We’re going to talk about the salt and gold trade...

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Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, & Yellowstone Highlights Video and More!

It’s taking me longer to go through the pictures to share them than the trip itself!! I’m excited because today not only do I have some photos to share, but I also put together a 5-minute video of Yellowstone. A week or so ago I shared our photos from Canyon de Chelly.  From there we continued west through Arizona, first to the Petrified Forest and then on to the pueblo...

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Our 7,000 Mile Trip Out West!!

Just a few days ago, the kids and I got back from a 7,000 mile cross-country trip. We visited more than 10 national parks and monuments as well as a number of famous state parks.  We spent time looking for diamonds in the world’s only diamond mine open to the public, had a long tour of Canyon De Chelly which we had studied about this spring with a Navajo guide...

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Plains Indian History: Cheyenne and Sioux Notebook Pages (Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, etc.)

The past month or so, we have been studying Native American History again. This part of our unit was on the history of the Plains Indians from 1864 through 1890. We talked about the Sand Creek Massacre where the Colorado Territory militia attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Village (1864), Red Clouds War and the Fetterman Massacre Great Sioux War of 1876 including the Battle of Little Bighorn — ie....

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Europe – Countries and Flag Maps Free Printable

This is a free printable map of the European countries and their flags. We are talking about the countries of Europe at the moment and I thought the flags would be a fun way for the kids to review what they’ve learned so far.  I’ve included a couple of different blank maps of Europe. You can print the maps in either portrait or landscape. Both are available in this pdf....

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Navajo Indians – History Notebook Pages

We are spending some time studying the Native Americans of the West; we started with a study of the Navajo and Navajo history. I’ll share the resources we used and the free history notebook pages I made about the Navajo. About a year and a half ago, we did a unit on Native Americans. We covered the Algonquian Indians and Iroquois of the Northeast, the Cherokee and Seminole Indians of...

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Reformation – Martin Luther Notebook Page and Lapbook Pieces

During the past couple of weeks, our family studied the Reformation. We’ve been working through the worksheets and notebook pages on Martin Luther and the Reformation in general. We had already spent a lot of time talking about the Popes (who were patrons of many of the famous Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Raphael. (See more at this Renaissance post).  And, we had already talked a little bit about the...

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Ronald Reagan – Notebook Pages

Sometimes we take the opportunity to focus on current events. Today, March 6, 2016, former First Lady Nancy Reagan died.   So, tomorrow (Monday), we are going to spend some time talking about Ronald Reagan’s presidency and the former First Lady Nancy Reagan. As many of you probably know, starting on Presidents’ Day a couple of weeks ago, we started reviewing the U.S. presidents again. The kids have been singing the U.S.A....

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Renaissance Worksheets – Holy Roman Empire, Albrecht Dürer

We have continued on with our unit on the Renaissance.  Our readings covered Maximilian and Charles V, and talked about the influential people of that period: the Fugger Family, who were the wealthiest banking family outside of Italy, and Albrecht Dürer the famous German artist. We are using  The Story of the Renaissance (affiliate link)  as our spine for this unit.  We read sections aloud together and add in art...

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Renaissance Artist Worksheets on da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and their Patrons

Today I want to tell you a little more about our Renaissance Artist Worksheets.  We have been continuing our study of the Renaissance period. Our last post shared some of the things we did when we covered the early Renaissance period. The past week or so we talked about three of the famous artists of the Renaissance: da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. In the last post I mentioned that we...

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U.S. Presidents’ Worksheets – Presidents Day

Free Presidents Day Notebook Pages! The third Monday in February is a federal holiday in the U.S. It is officially called Washington’s Birthday. Because Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12, many people refer to this holiday as Presidents’ Day.  This is also a state holiday, though different states call it different things:  Washington’s Birthday,   President’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Washington and Lincoln Day, and even George Washington/Thomas Jefferson Birthday (in Alabama)....

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Chinese New Year Activities for Ages 3-6: Plus Free Dragon-Themed Number and Letter Printables

This year, Chinese New Year is on Monday, February 8th, 2016.  I wanted to share the free printable I made last year and also share the China lapbook and some of the activities the kids did when they were ages 2-6 or so. I also highlighted some of the books that the kids loved at that age. First, here is the free printable. There are clothes-pin number and letter cards....