History Year in Review (Grades 8, 6, 3)
Last week, I managed to get our Science Year in Review post done. I had hoped to get the history post done too, but life got away from me! It’s ready for my this week, though! So, here’s our HISTORY year in review! There are quite a number of freebies in addition to the more in-depth packets I made this year. 🙂
This year my kids were in Grades 8, 6, and 3. We do our history activities together. We read a wide range of books – from children’s historical fiction to longer novels. Plus, we read history from a lot of different sources. We’ll get out non-fiction books from the library as well as using homeschool curriculum and selections from traditional history textbooks.
Over the course of this year, the kids did various hands-on history projects as well as writing projects: research papers, essays, one biography, and generic writing (answering questions).
Slavery and the Civil War
When we started back to school last August, we started a big unit on Slavery and the Civil War. We started with a study of the Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, Songhai in West Africa. I shared the books we used for this part of our unit and a free packet about West Africa here:
In our unit, we went over three main topics:
We also drove to Gettysburg spent a 3-day weekend there. If you can manage a trip there, it is *definitely* worth it! It was a powerful weekend.
Highlights from our trip to Gettysburg:
This took us right up to November. Instead of switching to studying European History (we had left off with the Renaissance from the previous spring), I had my older two do a research paper.
I started to read the Story of the World, vol. 1 (affiliate link) with my youngest… but pretty soon, my older two would make their way to the couch (in front of our wood stove) and listen in as well!!
As we read through this curriculum, I made a few sets of notebook pages for her. These are all free if you follow the links below:
Here was the Ancient Egyptian pyramid project that ED did. She used project blocks (affiliate link) for this and for the Great Wall of China project (below):
Ancient World: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Sumer, Babylon
China Geography Packet
Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome
We did not do big units on these cultures; we just read through the Story of the World, vol. 1 (affiliate link). As we finished up that book, I wanted to make sure my daughter knew some basic differences between those two cultures (because we kind of rushed through the end of the book). These were the notebook pages I made for her. They are also free over at this post: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome Worksheets and Activities
The previous spring, we had studied the Renaissance and Reformation with Martin Luther. We stopped there. In January, we jumped back in to some studies about European History… picking up with some English history and the English Reformation under Henry VIII and his successors. We watched a number of documentaries and movies… A lot has been created about the Tudors!
You can check out some of the resources we used as well as our notebook pages here:
You might want to check out the geography packet on famous British landmarks. It has some famous sites like the Tower of London and more! You’ll find the link to this packet here:
Age of Exploration
Civics & Government
What’s coming up next year for us in history?
These are my thoughts at this point…
Age of Absolutism
Age of Enlightenment
|20th Century History
We will probably do a really big unit on the 20th century next year. I’ve mentioned before that when we first started homeschooling I read the Well Trained Mind. (affiliate link) I liked the idea of moving along chronologically and touching on various points in history several times over their homeschooling experience. But as we moved forward in time, I found that there were some subjects I didn’t want to cover because we do history together. I felt my youngest was just not ready for some topics.My oldest did some work on World War I and World War II on his own (like this WWII Portfolio Project (free printable) he did when he was about 10).
I think we’re about ready to tackle some of this material in more depth. So, that’s what is on my mind at this point!
|We will also touch on another U.S. President in February of next year. 🙂|
You might want to visit last year’s History Units: Year in Review 2015-2016 (Grades 2, 5, 7) as well.
And again, here’s the link to our Science Year in Review post:
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