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Daniel Boone Unit Study Resources


Daniel Boone Unit Study Resources

 

 

I put this group of resources together to go along with the French and Indian War and the unit I am putting together for the American Revolution.

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$$.

 

 

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Activity Sheets – Daniel Boone Home (scroll down to the bottom)

Coloring Page – USA Printables

Coloring Pages – Patriotic Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages and Worksheets – Education.com

Lapbook – Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool

Notebooking Page – Homeschool Helper Online

Notebooking Page – HSLaunch (You may need to type Daniel Boone into the search box.)

Timeline Printables – History.org

Unit Study with Printables – DIY Homeschooler

Worksheets and Info – Jefferson Schools, KY

Worksheets, Info and More – Garden of Praise (Scroll down for the printables)

 

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Activities, Crafts and Info – Lesson Pathways

Audio Program – Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Craft and Activity – Education.com

Info – Biography.com

Info – Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail

Info – Ducksters

Info and Online Book – Early America

Info and Video – Mr Nussbaum

Make a Poster – Art Skills

Make Your Own Coonskin Cap – Handmade Mommy

Make Your Own Moccasin Boots – eHow

Online Books – Pawpaw Holler Home

Timeline – Boone Association

Unit Study – Squidoo

Videos – Watch Know Learn

 

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Native American Resources

Bear Resources

Colonial America Resources

French and Indian War Resources

 

 

 

HAVE FUN HOMESCHOOLING!!!!

 

 

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The French and Indian War Resources


The French and Indian War Resources

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$$.

Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot out there for studying The French and Indian War but I did my best to find what I could! ;)

 

 

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Coloring Page – jennsartory.com

Coloring Pages and more – Learning and Sharing

Lapbook and Notebooking Pages – New Bee Homeschooler

Notebooking Pages – Hebrews 110 (Scroll Down)

Notebooking Pages – Practical Pages (Scroll Down)

Worksheets – Carteret School (Scroll Down)

Worksheets – Miss Estes’ History Class

Worksheets – Miss Person’s History

Worksheet – Mrs Brooks 5th Grade Class

Worksheets – Mr Nussbaum

Worksheets – SOE.UNC.edu

Worksheets – Teacher Vision (you get 5 free)

Worksheets – War for Empire

 

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Info – Education.com

Info – Military History About.com

Info – History.com

Info – Plains of Abraham

Info – Shmoop

Info and Video – Education Portal

Info and Video – Warpaths 2 Peacepipes

Interactive Info – NCDCR

Interactive Info – Revolutionary War Animated – This is AWESOME!!!!!

Lesson Plans and Activities – Mr Donn

Timeline – Social Studies for Kids

Video – Fort Ticonderoga – Have Fun with History

Video – The War That Made America – YouTube

 

 

Crafts and activities for this era would still fall under Colonial America.

 

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!!

 

 

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Colonial America – Resources for a Unit Study


Colonial America Resources

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$.

Let me say that I am NOT affiliated in ANY way with ANY companies. I don’t get a dime for you clicking over to Amazon or Currclick or any other site. I am just trying to put together as many great resources as I can find to give you and me plenty of options. ;)

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The Kindle editions with the plain covers are usually free. We have used several of them in the past.

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American Girls Felicity Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Coloring Pages – USA Printables

Lesson Plan with a Couple Printables – U.S. History

Notebooking Pages – School Express

Paper Dolls – Paper–Dolls.com

Printable Crafts – DLTK Kids

Printable Map – Calvary Kids

Printable Pack with Notebooking Pages – 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Printables – HSLaunch (you may have to search “colonies”)

Printables and Worksheets – Mega Social Studies

Unit Study with Printables – Free Homeschool Lessons

Worksheets – abc Teach (some free)

Worksheets – Mr Nussbaum

Worksheets, Paper Dolls and TONS MORE – Education.com (AWESOME)

 

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CurrClick Products

Hands of a Child

Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Between Education.com and USA Printables, you should have TONS of great stuff to get started with.

 

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Activities and Ideas – Kids Activities

Audio Book – YouTube

Crafts – A Book in Time

Crafts – Art Rageous

Crafts – eHow

Games – Playing History

Games and Activities – Felicity American Girls

Games, Puzzles and Interactive Features – History.org

Ideas, Ideas and More GREAT IDEAS – All Things Beautiful (also links to printables)

Info – AmericanHistory.About.com

Info – eHow

Info – Land of the Brave (AWESOME)

Info – Social Studies for Kids

Info and Activities – Books Units Teacher

Info and More – Mr Nussbaum

Info and Videos – Squidoo

Lesson and Activity Ideas – Carol Hurst

Lesson Plans – History.org

Lesson Plans – Squidoo

Lesson Plans, Games and Activities – Mr. Donn

Maps – GO.HRM.COM

Videos – Have Fun with History

Video – YouTube

Video – YouTube

Video Playlist – YouTube

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!!!

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Susan B. Anthony Resources


Susan B Anthony

 

 

Strange when you think about…. It hasn’t even been a hundred years since women got the vote. Not even 100 years. How much longer would it have been if Susan B. Anthony and women like her hadn’t stepped up???

February 15th is Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday! I have scrounged up some resources to help you celebrate! ;)

 

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$.

Let me say that I am NOT affiliated in ANY way with ANY companies. I don’t get a dime for you clicking over to Amazon or Currclick or any other site. I am just trying to put together as many great resources as I can find to give you and me plenty of options. ;)

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Bookmarks with Info – Richmond Federal Reserve Bank

Coloring Pages – Classroom Jr.

Coloring Page – Crayola

Coloring Pages and Worksheets – Education.com

Mini Book – Bry-Backmanor.org

Notebooking Page – Homeschool Helper Online

Printable Documents – Archive.gov

Printable Flash Cards for Women’s Suffrage – Dynamo Dictionary

Printable Reading Comprehension Sheets – Mr. Nussbaum

Worksheet – Grammar Worksheets

Worksheets – Taylor Made Learning (click on Activity in red and #9)

Worksheets, Online Puzzles and Info – Garden of Praise (scroll down for the printables)

 

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Eyewitness Info – Archives.gov

Info – Susan B. Anthony House

Info – Women’s History About.com

Info about the Trial – Famous American Trials

Info and Video – Biography.com

Info and Video – History.com

Interactive Video – Mr. Nussbaum

Lesson Plan – Learning to Give

Lesson Plans – PBS

Suffragette Song – Mr. Kash

Timeline – Rutgers

Quiz – Soft Schools

 

 

 

Here is an interesting link I found the other day.

American Life in 1914: How We Lived a Century Ago

There a few pictures of suffragettes included.

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!!!

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Living Books for History


History Living Books

 

 

Oh, my goodness. I have been having a time with my laptop!! It keeps going on me. After fighting with it for hours I can get it back up and running but I know it’s time to replace it. YILES!!! So here I am, working on the desktop. BLECK!! It’s so weird!! LOL I much prefer my laptop!! Everything is different on this old desktop.

Anyway, lately I have been thinking a lot about the different living books that we use. I have mentioned they here and there in different homeschooling posts and I always put lists of books with my resource posts but I thought I would do a few that were just about the books. I definitely have several favorites!

 

Most of these books fall into the upper elementary/middle school zone but there are some that even my high schoolers enjoy. I’ll mark those with ***.

I will arrange them by “type” of history, although several will fall into both categories.

 

WORLD HISTORY 

***Horrible History and Horribly Famous – TV episodes of Horrible History can be found on Netflix

Value Tales – I loved these as a child and was lucky enough to find several titles for sale at a FOL sale!

Ms Frizzle’s Adventures – Ms Frizzle from the Magic School Bus series go on a few historical adventures.

 

*** Young Royals Series 

*** Wicked History – Very much like the Horribly Famous series.

*** The Royal Diaries – Like Dear America

 

AMERICAN HISTORY

American Kids in History series– hands on activities

American Girls – Movies for some titles and don’t forget about the dolls!

*** Dear America – Shoot, even I enjoy a lot of them! ;)

*** My Name Is America – the male counterparts to the Dear America series

Picture Book Biographies – I put this under American History but I believe there is one or two that are NOT.

If You….. Series – Again, all but one or two are American History.

Childhood of Famous Americans

Heroes of America 

Jean Fritz Books

A History of US

 

BOTH

Time Warp Trio – Also has a TV series that’s available on DVD

***DK Eyewitness – Also has DVDs for several topics

Who Was____? Series – fun, short biographies

Magic Tree House – Currclick has a free online book club. Don’t forget about the accompanying non-fiction resource guides for a lot of the titles!

History in a Hurry

Kaleidoscope Kids Books – Hands on activities

You Wouldn’t Want to…… Series – If you play around on the site you can find a few online for free.

Chicago Review Press – Hands on activities

Don’t Know Much About ….  – My high schoolers enjoy the adult versions of the series.

 

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

David McCullough – American History

David Nevin – American History

 

 

So, there you have it! A list of my “go to” living history books! There are too many single titles to list but I wanted to give you my favorite series!

I guess I could add Little House on the Prairie, Love Comes Softly (Canadian West) (12 and up) (also movies) and  Canadian West Series (12 and up) (also a TV show When Calls the Heart) as a few non-typical favorites, at least for girls.

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!

 

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The Salem Witch Trials – Resources for a Unit Study


Salem Witch Trials

 

 

 

We are sooooooo far behind. SIGH…. I’ve been sick, the kids have been sick… It’s been ugly. We haven’t accomplished much, just some educational TV watching. LOL

The last history post I did was on early settlers. The next on my list would be the Salem Witch Trials. I was sort of surprised at how little there is out there on the topic. When I thought about it more I realized that I didn’t really hear a lot about it in school either. Interesting. When you factor in that it was brought on by a group of “mean girls” you have a lot to teach about, the consequences of our actions toward others, tolerance for differences, being nonjudgmental, etc. It was a horrifically brutal time in our history and there’s definitely a lot to be learned from it even in this day an age. Maybe MORE so in this day and age, when a beautiful commercial about America sung in so many beautiful languages can bring about ugliness from so many.

Before using these resources, think about YOUR kids. Know what they will be able to handle discussing.

 

 

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$.

 

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I encourage you to read reviews before deciding which books to use with YOUR children. Know your kids and how they will react to the ugliness. Be prepared to discuss all the issues.

 

 

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Worksheets, Info and more – Squidoo

You can always use basic notebooking pages or blank mini books.

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Teachers Pay Teachers

 

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Info – Nat Geo

Info – History Channel

Info – How Stuff Works

Info – Salem Witch Museum

Info, Lesson Plans and more – Mr Donn

Info and Timeline – Women’s History

Lesson Plan – Digital History

Lesson Plans – Lesson Corner

Lesson Plans – Thirteen.org

Video Lessons – Teaching History

 

Go through these sites ahead of time to see if they are appropriate for YOUR children. ;)

 

 

 

 

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Oil Pastel Stained Glass Windows


Oil Pastel Collage

 

 

The other day I went into Big Lots looking for pillows. Cailey had complained that hers was too flat. While I was browsing through the store my eyes landed on a set of oil pastels for $4!! YIPPEE!!!! I had to grab them!! Cailey and Colin had never worked with them before!

So, I get home and I am thinking about art projects for history this week. We are still studying the Middle Ages. Then it hit me! Cathedrals! Stained Glass! Oil Pastels!! PERFECT!!!

Yesterday I Googled medieval cathedrals and let the Cs look through the beautiful pictures. Then we read about how they were made.

After that I showed them how to use the pastels and set them free to work on their “windows”.

 

 

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Cailey created a beautiful butterfly window. She had such fun with this. She is such an artsy girl anyway.  She could spend hours drawing.

 

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Colin’s is a knight! I had to correct The Hubby very quickly…. He was calling it a monster. GASP!! Couldn’t let Colin hear that!! ;)

Colin is 6, and as many little guys, he has a very short attention span. He has no patience for projects that take too long, no matter how much he enjoys them! LOL  I always try to encourage him to finish the projects, but I don’t push.

 

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING AND CREATING!!!

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Make a Medieval Tapestry


Make a Medieval Tapestry

 

 

 

So, I’ve been racking my brain to think of ideas for our Middle Ages unit that are NOT run of the mill and I think I may have hit on one!

Yesterday we made our own tapestries!! Well,  sort of…. We did break out a loom or anything like that. We did it OUR way. ;)

I dug out a couple of scraps of fabric that were sitting on top of one of my fabric boxes and decided they would work just fine.

Then I hunted down the dowel rods that I knew were here SOMEWHERE!

After that I hunted high and low for yarn or twine… ANYTHING to hang them with!! I got lucky and found some string.

When we got to our Middle Ages study I showed Cailey and Colin different pictures of medieval tapestries and explained how they were used.

Then I sat them in front of the fabric scraps with their paints and brushes and let them go.

 

This is what they came up with.

 

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Colin went with a shield and knights.

The lighting for this pic was terrible and using the flash only made it worse! LOL

 

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Cailey went with a unicorn and rose vines.

 

After the paint dried, I put a ton of glue at the tops and wrapped them around the dowels. Then I added the strings to end.

Viola! Medieval tapestries!!!

You could always have your child try their hand at a bit of embroidery.

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!!!

 

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Make Your Own Shield and Sword


We are a week into studying the middle ages and having a TON of fun with it!!!!

We drew motte and bailey castles, read books, watched videos and now we’ve made our own shields and swords!

I started out by cutting the shield shapes from thin cardboard, like the long, flat boxes that 24 packs of soda come in.

Then I stapled the handles to the back, once again using the same thin cardboard, but from the sides of the boxes.

Next I made the paste! I sort of eyeball the paste when I make it but I use a little flour, Elmer’s Glue (almost 2 bottles) and water. For one child or smaller projects I would make about 1/2.

 

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Then they started layering!

 

 

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Once the shields were dry (the next day), we glued aluminum foil to the front and back, making sure to cover the handle as well.

 

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After that, they painted them.

 

 

For the swords I used cardboard from one of our moving boxes and just cut out the shape.

Then we used paper mache on them as well.

 

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Next came aluminum foil and construction paper.

Finally, they decorated the hilts with glitter glue.

 

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Here is Colin’s finished sword!

 

They had so much fun making them and have been battling it out ever since! LOL

 

HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!!

 

 

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What We’ve Been Up To (Besides FREEZING!!!)


We have been SO busy and SO cold!!! Single digit highs for the south?? INSANE!!!! Our sliding door on the van was frozen shut for DAYS!! It finally opened yesterday afternoon!  Thank goodness!

So, just what have we been up to???

 

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We went to the mall last weekend. Cailey and Colin loved the indoor carousel!

It’s a bit different for us here. It takes almost an hour to get to a mall!!! WHAT??? Crazy!!!!

We then headed over to the huge used book store. Unfortunately someone decided to have a massive meltdown so he and I ended up sitting it out in the van. SIGH….. I did manage to snag some great freebies from the free box, though!

 

Water Cycle Collage

 

We have been studying the weather. Cailey and Colin drew the water cycle.

 

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We made a wind vane!! An actual working wind vane! LOL It was accurate and everything!

 

 

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We also started our middle ages unit. We were going to make actual dirt, grass and wood models of motte and bailey castles but the GROUND IS FROZEN!!!!!!  So they drew them instead. ;)

 

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Yesterday we started making papier mache shields and swords. I’ll be posting the finished products soon! ;)

 

What have you been up to???

 

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