With the upcoming solar eclipse, we’ve been learning about the moon and sun. For this week’s activity, we learned about the surface of the moon, especially the 1969 moon landing. Of course we had to recreate the moon landing. Strawberry (and toddler Kitty) loved to walk on the moon by making our own footprints on […]
Archives for July 2017
In honor of the recent Pioneer Day (the Utah holiday that celebrates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to Utah in 1847), we try to do something pioneer related each year, since my husband’s family is from Utah and it’s a part of our Mormon heritage as well. This year (to go along with Strawberry’s […]
The War of 1812 is often overlooked. It seems it accomplished very little. (Both Britain and America considered themselves winners.) The biggest battle occurred after the peace treaty was signed. But, because of the War, America was finally recognized as it’s own nation. The flag became a symbol of patriotism, and we received the national […]
The first decades of the new United States of America were tremulous as the founding fathers disagreed over how the government should run, thus beginning political parties. Plus, the United States expanded with the Louisiana Purchase and the new knowledge gained from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The most amazing thing about the outcome of the American Revolutionary War was that after the fighting was over, the colonies agreed on a new government and wrote a new constitution. A new nation was born, the United States of America. George Washington was a pivotal part of the creation of the new nation.
The American Revolutionary War begin with an anonymous shot. Soon after the first shots were fired, a larger war broke out. General George Washington faced a lot of trials with his untrained group of soldiers. But with courage to stand up for themselves and determination, the American Patriots eventually were able to end the war […]
It’s one thing to say the colonists wanted freedom from England, but students should learn just why it came to that. What changed from the early 1700s to 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed? As students look at the perspectives of various characters (real or not) from history, they will gain a better […]
Pretending and imagination are a key to relating to and enjoying history. Once you’ve learned about the American colonies, simulate what it would be like to live in the colonial era, and encourage your students to pretend to be a colonial era child.
For young elementary kids, learning about the early American settlements can be a investigation of the reasons behind the success and failures of the early colonists in America. Roanoke’s mystery provides context for the difficulties of settling, Jamestown teaches about the economic reasons to settle, and the Massachusset Bay Colony of Pilgrims shows religious reasons […]
The explorers to North America are some of my favorite subjects simply because of the courage necessary to voyage out in to the unknown. There are so many explorers one could learn about. Reading about the explorers to America and doing hands-on activities helps us too explore. This time, we’re exploring the explorers!