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George Washington Carver

Week 15: George Washington Carver

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Read K – 2:  A Picture Book of George Washington Carver by David Adler

3 – 4:  George Washington Carver by Andy Carter

5 – 8: A Pocketful of Goobers by Barbara Mitchell

Discuss:

  • When was George W. Carver born? (around the end of the Civil War)
  • Why didn’t he know his birthday? (slaves never knew their birthdays)
  • What happened to George’s mother? (disappeared after Ku Klux  Klan took her.)
  • Who raised George? (his white owners)
  • Who first taught George how to read and write? (his owners)
  • In what ways was George Carver gifted? (artistically, in working with plants, very smart)
  • Who asked George to come to work for him at the Tuskegee Institute? (Booker T. Washington)
  • How did George help his people in the south? (found new plants that would grow well, land enriched the soil)
  • Name some of the new plants he had them use? (peanuts, sweet potatoes)
  • What insect was destroying the cotton plants? (boll weevils)

Questions for Grades  5- 8:  

  • What are goobers? (peanuts)
  • Where did goobers originally come from? (Africa)
  • Why was it important to rotate crops? (so soil wouldn’t be worn out;  this puts nutrients back in the soil)
  • T/F Carver had a strong faith in God. (T)
  • What were some of the things people could use goobers for? (milk, oil, cosmetics, cream, cheese, pickles, shoe polish, stains, dyes, and linoleum)
  • T/F Carter was often treated poorly because of his skin color. (T)
  • What famous inventors offered Carver positions at their businesses? (Thomas Edison & Henry Ford [automobiles])
  • T/F Carver had a wife and family. (F)

Activities:

K – 1: Boll Weevils were the insects that were destroying the cotton plants.  Type in “boll weevils” on this google images site: https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl  Then use these pictures to create a boll weevil out of playdough.   Next, choose a few worksheets from this book for your student to complete: http://www.dm.usda.gov/oo/img/gwccb/GWC-ColoringBook.pdf

2 – 4:   Complete this worksheet: http://www.themailbox.com/magazines/editorial/more-than-peanuts  Then choose a few worksheets from this book for your student to complete: http://www.dm.usda.gov/oo/img/gwccb/GWC-ColoringBook.pdf

5 – 8:    Write an essay on the following: Compare and contrast George Washington Carver and Thomas Edison.  In what ways were they both inventors?  What obstacles did they both have to overcome?  In what other ways were they similar?  Why do you think Edison asked Carver to work for him?

 

Copyright May 24th, 2016 by Gwen Fredette

 

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Helen Keller

Week 14: Helen Keller

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Read K – 3:  Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson & Raul Colon OR  A Picture Book of Hellen Keller by David Adler OR View Helen Keller by Nest Entertainment

4 – 8: Disney’s The Miracle Worker (actress Hallie Kate Eisenberg)

 

Discuss:

  • How did Hellen Keller become deaf and blind? (from illness as a baby)
  • When Helen was young, why was she so angry all the time? (couldn’t communicate very well)
  • In what ways was Annie Sullivan a great teacher? (didn’t give up even when Helen was mean to her; taught her how to talk, read, and even speak; was there for her for almost 50 years)
  • Why was Helen Keller so famous? (writer; 1st deaf/blind person to graduate from college)
  • What disability did Annie have? (difficulty seeing)

Questions for Grades 4 – 8: 

  • What were some poor ways Helen’s parents corrected her? (very spoiled; gave her candy to calm her down, let her throw tantrums to get her way)
  • Why did Annie want to take Helen off by herself to another house? (so she could be trained without her parents’ interference)
  • What happened to Annie Sullivan’s brother as a child? (he died)

Activities:

K – 1: Blindfold your child and have them walk around your house in a safe place.  Hand them various items and see if they can identify them by smell or touch.  Create vibrations on your table or floor by dropping things on them.  See if your child notices the vibrations.  Then have your child color in this worksheet: http://www.newchurchvineyard.org/lord/healing-our-blindness/activities/Coloring-Page_Helen-Keller-And-Annie-Sullivan-At-The-Water-Pump.pdf

2 – 3: Blindfold your child and have them walk around your house in a safe place.  Hand them various items and see if they can identify them by smell or touch.  Create vibrations on your table or floor by dropping things on them.  See if your child notices the vibrations.  Helen Keller had to read in Braille.  Next have your student write his/her name in Braille using this site for help: http://www.afb.org/beginbraille/book.asp?ch=appc  Then have your student try to figure out the riddles written in Braille on this same site. (Scroll down the site to find the riddles.)

4 – 6: Choose at least 2 worksheets from this pdf file for your student(s) to complete: http://www.famouspeoplelessons.com/h/helen_keller.pdf

7 – 8:  Complete the following worksheets: http://www.grammar-worksheets.com/essays/printable/helen.keller.pdf

Copyright May 18th, 2016 by Gwen Fredette

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Statue of Liberty

Week 13: Statue of Liberty

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Read K – 3:  Liberty! by Allan Drummond

4 – 6: Maiden Voyage: The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Stephen Krensky OR Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport

7 – 8:  What is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub

Discuss:

  • What  country was the Statue of Liberty a gift from? (France)
  • What city does the statue sit in? (New York)
  • What are immigrants? (people coming from other countries to live in America)
  • Was the statue simple to put together? (no, a pedestal had to be built, a skeleton of iron needed to be put in place, and it had to be lined with copper and installed with stairs)
  • Why was it built first in Paris? (Paris is in France where it was first created, then it was taken apart and put in pieces on a boat to take to America)
  • Why do you think France wanted to celebrate the freedom we have in America?  Does our country have something that many other countries do not? (At this time France had been ruled by Napoleon III and many people who lived there wished to have a government like ours ruled by the people and for the people)
  • Did much of the money for the base of the statue come from millionaires? (no, came from common people, even children)
  • What was the name of the man who designed the statue? (Bartholdi)

Question for Grades 4 – 6:

  • What 2 things does the statue hold? (torch-symbolized light of freedom; book – inscribed with date of the Declaration of Independence)

Questions for Grades 7 & 8:

  • Who first wanted  to create the statue? (Lamboulaye, a professor from France)
  • Why? (Loved American government, wanted to celebrate America’s ideas of freedom and friendship between the countries.  He also wanted to send a message to the French people and government that America’s system of government is what they should strive for in France.)
  • In which part of New York is the statue located? (New York harbor, Bedloe’s Island)
  • What is symbolically located at the statue’s feet? (broken chains)
  • What do these chains symbolize? (breaking from slavery)
  • Why did Bartholdi create the hand and torch to be established at the World’s Fair in Philly? (to generate public support for the statue)
  • Who designed the skeleton for the statue? (Gustave Eiffel)
  • What man in America helped generate funds for the pedestal with his newspaper, The World? (Pulitzer)
  • What famous poem in written on a plaque in the statue’s museum? (The New Colossus)
  • What did/does the statue symbolize to immigrants? (freedom)

Activities:

K – 1: Color in the following page: http://www.patrioticcoloringpages.com/statue-of-liberty/004-statue-of-liberty-poem.html

2 – 3: Color in the following page: http://www.patrioticcoloringpages.com/statue-of-liberty/004-statue-of-liberty-poem.html  and complete the following quiz: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/monuments/sol/quiz.shtml

4 – 6: Copy the poem “The New Colossus” from this website: http://www.libertystatepark.com/emma.htm

onto a blank sheet of paper.  Underneath the poem define the following terms: brazen, conquer, astride, beacon, exiles, huddle, masses, yearn, wretch, refuse, teeming, and tempest.

7 – 8:  Copy the poem “The New Colossus” from this website: http://www.libertystatepark.com/emma.htm

onto a blank sheet of paper.  Underneath the poem define the following terms: brazen, conquer, astride, beacon, exiles, huddle, masses, yearn, wretch, refuse, teeming, and tempest.  Many immigrants were moved to tears when they saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time as they sailed into the harbor.  Reflecting on the lives they left behind, as well as their voyage to America, and the hopes they might have had for the future, describe why you believe so many immigrants became so emotional as they saw the statue.

Copyright May 13th, 2016 by Gwen Fredette

 

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Thomas Edison

Week 12: Thomas Edison

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Read K – 3:  A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison by David Adler

4 – 6:  Thomas Edison (History Maker Bios) by Shannon Zemlicka

7 – 8:  Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?  by Margaret Firth  AND Read these famous quotes by Thomas Edison: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_a_edison.html

Discuss:

  • What disability did Thomas Edison have? (hard of hearing)
  • Why did his mom homeschool him? (frustrated with his teacher who felt Thomas was not smart enough to learn his lessons)
  • As a child what did he set up in the cellar? (laboratory)
  • When he was 12 he worked on a train.  What did he sell? (food & newspapers)
  • What did he set up in the baggage car? (a laboratory)
  • How did Thomas get free lessons in telegraphy? (saved the son of a telegraph operator from getting hit by a train)
  • Name some of the jobs Edison had? (printed & sold newspapers, sold candy, telegraphy operator, inventor)
  • What was the name of Thomas’s first wife? (Mary)
  • Did they spend much time together after their marriage? (no)
  • Why?  (loved his work too much)
  • What was Thomas’s nickname? (wizard of Menlo Park)
  • Name some of Thomas’s popular inventions? (improved transmitter on telephone, improved telegraph, invented phonograph, invented light bulb, movie camera, storage battery, cement mixer)
  • What was his most famous invention? (light bulb)
  • How did his first wife die? (sick, typhoid fever)
  • What was the name of his second wife? (Mina)

Questions for Grades 4 & up:

  • Besides working in his lab, what was another favorite hobby he had as a boy? (reading)
  • T/F Edison worked for long hours on his inventions. (T)
  • When Edison died, what did Americans do to honor his memory? (turned off lights for 1 minute)

Questions for Grades 7 & up:

  • T/F Tom worked on his inventions with very little help. (F – hired a whole team to help him)
  • T/F Tom often got very little sleep because he was so busy. (T)
  • T/F  Tom’s wife, Mina, had a father who was also an inventor.  (T)
  • What was the Black Maria? (Edison’s first motion picture studio)

Activities:

K – 2: Color in the following page: http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/printedPage/thomas-edison-coloring-page/

Optional:  Kids would also enjoy watching Thomas Edison animated Hero classics by Nest Entertainment

3 – 4: Thomas Edison worksheets: http://gardenofpraise.com/pdf/ibdpuz11.pdf  and http://gardenofpraise.com/pdf/matchediso.pdf

Optional:  Kids would also enjoy watching Thomas Edison animated Hero classics by Nest Entertainment

5 – 6:Thomas Edison worksheets: http://gardenofpraise.com/pdf/ibdpuz11.pdf  and http://gardenofpraise.com/pdf/matchediso.pdf and http://gardenofpraise.com/pdf/testb15.pdf

7 – 8:    Write an essay on the one of the following:

Pick one quote and copy it on your paper.  Discuss how you believe Thomas Edison lived by that principle, citing examples from how he worked on a particular invention.  Then discuss how you can apply that principle to plans you have for your own future.

  • What experiences did Thomas Edison have as a child or young person that you believe made him a better inventor as an adult? Write a 5 paragraph, three proof essay.
  • Which of Thomas Edison’s inventions do you believe has had the greatest impact on society today? Why? Explain your answer.

Copyright May 6th, 2016 by Gwen Fredette

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