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Christopher Columbus

Week 7: Christopher Columbus

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View K – 3: Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus  by  NEST Entertainment OR  Read: Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky

Read 4 – 6:  Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World  by Carole Gallagher

7 – 8:  Christopher Columbus by Peter & Connie Roop

Discuss:

  • Where was Columbus from? (Italy)
  • When Columbus first presented his plan to look for a new trade route to the Indies, it was rejected.  Why?  (People believed it couldn’t be done; people thought his calculations were wrong, expensive trip, etc.)
  • Which country did Columbus sail for? (Spain)
  • What were the names of the ships that went with him? (Nina, Pinta, & Santa Maria)
  • Besides sailors, who went with Columbus on his voyage? (Arabic translator, secretary)
  • After they had been at sea for many days, the sailors grew frightened.  Why? (Superstitious, Sea Monsters, etc.)
  • How long did it take them to reach land? (33 days; over a month)
  • Why was Columbus surprised by the natives?  (very poor, no gold)
  • Why do you think Columbus forced some Natives to go back with him? (to prove where he had been)
  • How many ships made it back to Spain? (2)

Questions for Grades 4 & up:

  • Describe Columbus’s 2nd voyage to America? (Found Spaniards left behind had been murdered by Indians (for stealing gold, women, etc.  Indians were now unfriendly to them.  Mosquitoes were causing Malaria, sailors out of control, terrorizing Indians, etc.)
  • Was Columbus a good leader and truthful person? (no. lied to the King & Queen about the wealth he had found)
  • Did Columbus ever realize he hadn’t found the Indies? (no)

Activities: All ages: Make a map of Columbus’s voyages using theses blank maps:

K – 2: Christopher Columbus coloring page: http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Colony/colony-pics/colony-002.gif

3 – 5: Christopher Columbus crossword puzzle http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdpuz9.htm 

6 – 8: Write an essay:  If you were a sailor on one of Columbus’s ships, would Columbus be the kind of man you would respect?  Why or why not?

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Copyright October 16th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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Book List: Early American History

Book List: Early American History

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!  Throughout the summer, in response to numerous requests, I will be posting book lists that correspond with each unit study on this U READ Thru History blog.   Following is a list of titles (organized by grade level) that will be used for the Year 1 unit study on Early American History  (see the tab at the top of this blog).  If your library does not carry these books, you may be able to obtain them through interlibrary loan.  Of course, all of these titles can also be purchased on Amazon.com or abebooks.com.

May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!

– Gwen

Grades K – 2:

  1. Leif Ericson: Explorer of Vinland by Matthew Grant OR The Age of Leif Eriksson by Richard Humble pgs 12-13 and 16 –end
  2. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus by NEST Entertainment OR READ: Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky
  3. Land Ho!: by Nancy Parker
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (pgs 99 – end only)
  5. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Pocahontas by Nest Entertainment OR READ: The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Penner
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod
  7.  The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
  8. Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  9. Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker AND American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do by Carol Griojewski (pg 12; see Activities section of lesson plan)
  10. William Penn: A Life of Tolerance by Jennifer Boothroyd
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10
  12. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 1 – 30 AND Projects About Colonial Life by Morian Broida
  13. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 31 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15. The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”
    This documentary is excellent but may be a bit hard for kids in grades K – 3 to understand. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any age-appropriate resources on this topic for K-3.

Grade 3

  1. Leif Ericson: Explorer of Vinland by Matthew Grant OR The Age of Leif Eriksson by Richard Humble pgs 12-13 and 16 –end
  2. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus by NEST Entertainment OR READ: Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky
  3. Land Ho!: by Nancy Parker
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (pgs 99 – end only)
  5. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Pocahontas by Nest Entertainment OR READ: The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Penner
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod
  7. The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
  8. Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  9. Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker AND American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do by Carol Griojewski (pg 12; see Activities section of lesson plan)
  10. The Story of William Penn by Aliki
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10
  12.  Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 1 – 30 AND Projects About Colonial Life by Morian Broida
  13. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 31 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15.  The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
  16.  500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”
    This documentary is excellent but may be a bit hard for kids in grades K – 3 to understand. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any age-appropriate resources on this topic for K-3.

Grade 4

  1. Leif Ericson: Explorer of Vinland by Matthew Grant OR The Age of Leif Eriksson by Richard Humble pgs 12-13 and 16 –end
  2.  Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World by Carole Gallagher
  3. The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (Chps 4 – end)
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (whole book)
  5. Pocahontas: The True Story of the Powhatan Princess by Catherine Iannone
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod
  7. Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
  8. Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  9. Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker AND American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do by Carol Griojewski (pg 12; see Activities Below)
  10. The Story of William Penn by Aliki
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
  12. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 1 – 30 AND Projects About Colonial Life by Morian Broida
  13. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 31 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15. The Salem Witch Trials by Edward Dolan
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc. And Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Grade 5

  1. The Viking Explorers by Jim Gallagher Chp 1 and Chp 4 – end
  2. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World by Carole Gallagher
  3.  The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (Chps 4 – end)
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (whole book)
  5.  Pocahontas: The True Story of the Powhatan Princess by Catherine Iannone
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Liz Sonneborn
  7. Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
  8. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (read up to page 49 “What were the children like?”) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  9. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (page 49 to the end) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  10. William Penn: Founder of Democracy by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
  12. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 1 – 49
  13. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 50 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15. The Salem Witch Trials by Edward Dolan
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Grade 6

  1.  The Viking Explorers by Jim Gallagher Chp 1 and Chp 4 – end
  2.  Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World by Carole Gallagher
  3.  The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (Chps 4 – end)
  4.  Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (whole book)
  5. Pocahontas: The True Story of the Powhatan Princess by Catherine Iannone
  6.  Samuel de Champlain by Liz Sonneborn
  7. Squanto and the first Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
  8. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (read up to page 49 “What were the children like?”) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  9. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (page 49 to the end) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  10. William Penn: Founder of Democracy by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
  12. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 1 – 49
  13.  Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 50 – end
  14. Small Pox in the New World (Epidemic!) by Stephanie True Peters (Read Chps 1, 3, and Chapter 4 pgs 33-40)
  15. The Salem Witchcraft Trials by Karen Zeinert
  16.  500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Grades 7 & 8

  1. The Viking Explorers by Jim Gallagher Chp 1 and Chp 4 – end
  2. Christopher Columbus by Peter & Connie Roop
  3. The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (the whole book)
  4. A New Look at Jamestown by Karen Lange
  5.  “In Their Own Words: Pocahontas” by George Sullivan
  6. Samuel de Champlain: Explorer of the Great Lakes Region and Founder of Quebec by Joseph Sherman
  7. Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  8. The Wigwam and the Longhouse by Charlotte and David Yue (Chps 1 – 4 only)
  9.  The Wigwam and the Longhouse by Charlotte and David Yue (Read Chp 5 to the end)
  10. William Penn: Founder of Democracy by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43 Read all stories above and read the following speeches from The Book of Great American Speeches for Young People by Suzanne McIntire: “Powhatan” pg 5, “Big Mouth” pg 7, “Canasatego” pg 12, & “Logan” pg 16
  12. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 1 – 49
  13. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 50 – end
  14. Small Pox in the New World (Epidemic!) by Stephanie True Peters (Read Chps 1, 3, and Chapter 4 pgs 33-40)
  15. The Salem Witchcraft Trials by Karen Zeinert
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Copyright June 29th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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James Madison

Week 8: James Madison

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READ K – 3: A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison by David Adler and Michael Adler

 4 – 6: Father of the Constitution: A Story About James Madison by Barbara Mitchell

7 – 8:  James Madison (Revolutionary War Leaders) by Brent Kelley

 


DISCUSS:

  • James Madison became our country’s _________ president? (4th)
  • What war did Americans fight during James Madison’s presidency? (War of 1812)
  • What did the British do to Washington D.C. and the White House while James Madison was president? (burned it)
  • When James was young was the United States its own country? (No, it was 13 colonies that belonged to the British)
  • What important document did James Madison help write? (Constitution)
  • What was the name of James’ wife? (Dolley)
  • How did Dolley’s first husband die? (Yellow fever)

Questions for Grades  4 – 8: 

  • Describe what James Madison was like as a child? (shy, loved to read, sickly, quiet, “Falling Disease” – might have had epilepsy)
  • T/F As a child, James had slaves.  (True)
  • What important political figure did James have a strong friendship with? (Thomas Jefferson)
  • What important political figure did James not get along with? (Patrick Henry)
  • What problems were the states having under the Articles of Confederation? (each state had own money, no strong central government, states argued over border problems, central government couldn’t pay soldiers)
  • How many branches of government were in James Madison’s plan for the Constitution? (3: Executive, Legislative, & Judicial)
  • What was Montpelier? (James Madison’s home)
  • What important Bill did James work on after the Constitution? (Bill of Rights)

 

ACTIVITIES: K – 3: James Madison coloring page: http://www.usa-printables.com/Presidents/04-James-Madison/04-james-madison-03.htm

4 – 8:  Print and complete the James Madison Timeline worksheet by clicking here: James Madison Timeline Questions (pdf) or here: James Madison Timeline Questions (word document)

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Copyright February 21st, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

 

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Eli Whitney

Week 4:  Eli Whitney (1793)

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VIEW K – 2: http://havefunwithhistory.com/movies/cottonGin.html AND READ “NOTE” below.

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READ 3 – 6: Eli Whitney: Great Inventor by Jean Lee Latham AND view : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bns6aKfrIjA

7 – 8:  Maker of Machines by Barbara Mitchell AND view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bns6aKfrIjA

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 Unfortunately, no free image of Eli Whitney: Great Inventor by Jean Lee Latham is available to me.

Note: Eli Whitney was born on December 8, 1765.  From the time he was very young he was skilled at making things.  At the age of 10 he took apart his father’s watch to figure out how it worked.  He was then able to put it back together again.  The watch continued to work perfectly.  When he was only 12 he made his own violin.  During the American Revolution he made nails to sell to farmers.  After the Revolution, he began selling hatpins for ladies’ hats.  After attending Yale University he moved south to teach.  While there he discovered the need for an invention that would separate cotton seeds from cotton.  He was able to build such a machine in only 10 days.  Even though he received a patent for his machine, it was easily copied by others and unfortunately, he never made much money from the invention.  The invention revolutionized the cotton industry.  Before this time cotton was not a popular crop to plant because it was so difficult to remove the seeds.  After the invention, cotton became one of the most popular crops to plant in the South, which unfortunately, increased the demand for slaves to pick the cotton.  Later Eli Whitney invented a musket(gun) that could be mass-produced.  They were used in the War of 1812.

DISCUSS:

  • Name two of Eli Whitney’s most famous inventions. (Cotton gin &  machine-made muskets)
  • T/F Eli Whitney did not begin to invent things till he was an adult. (F)
  • What did the Cotton gin do? (removed seeds from cotton plants)
  • Describe the problems he had with his cotton gin. (Idea stolen by many; people began creating it themselves so he wasn’t paid for his invention.  He spent much of his time in court fighting for the rights to produce his invention. )
  • Did Eli Whitney become rich from creating the cotton gin? (no)
  • Why were muskets so expensive to create? (each one was hand-made)
  • How did Eli Whitney changed the musket industry? (he was able to make them by machine, with interchangeable parts, he was the first man to mass produce muskets)
  • When were his muskets used? (war of 1812)

Questions for Grades 3 – 8:

  • How did Eli’s cotton gin change slavery in America? (increased the need for slavery because more workers were needed to plant and pick the crop)

ACTIVITIES: K – 3: coloring page: http://homeschooling.about.com/od/holidays/ss/October-Worksheets3_12.htm

4 – 8: Using the data on the “Slavery and Cotton Production” chart on this website: http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/lesson_29_notes_sec_ho.htm

Make up your own bar graph to show how cotton production and the number of slaves increased during the 8 decades listed.    You can use this graph paper http://customgraph.com/SG/piart.php?art=29 to create your chart.

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Copyright January 24th, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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Gladiators

Week 15: Gladiators

 

Read:  K – 4:  Spend the Day in Ancient Rome by Linda Honan              (Chps 8 – 10 only)

5 – 6:  The Roman Gladiators by Louise Park and Timothy Love

7 – 8: Gladiator by Richard Watkins (Chps 1 – 8 only)

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Note on Entertainment in Ancient Rome:

  • At the Circus Maximus, Chariot races were held.
  • Romans also liked to watch plays performed at the theatre.
  • For their faith, many Christians were sent to the Colosseum to be killed by wild animals.

 DISCUSS:

  • Name three types of entertainment for Ancient Romans? (Gladiator fights, Theatre, Chariot Races at Circus Maximus)
  • Where did the Gladiator games take place? (at the Colosseum)
  • Who did Gladiators fight? (other gladiators, animals)
  • Did many people come to watch? (yes, very popular)
  • Who were the Gladiators? Why were they chosen to fight? (many slaves or prisoners of war, men convicted of crimes)
  • T/F Gladiator games were bloody. (T)

Questions for Grades 7 & 8:

  • T/F Gladiators were trained at schools. (T)
  • What did Gladiators wear? (usually armor, shield and helmet)
  • Some people volunteered to be gladiators. (T)
  • Describe the sea battles that were gladiatorial combats? (man-made lakes dug to stage naval battles)
  • Name 2 famous leaders that staged sea battles? (Julius Caesar & Augustus Caesar)
  • T/F Many Christians were killed by wild animals at the Colosseum. (T)
  • T/F It was expensive to watch Gladiator fights.  (F)

ACTIVITIES: 

K – 3: Draw your own picture of a Gladiator fight at the Colosseum.

4 – 6:  How were trips to the Colosseum like going to the movies?  How were they different?  Why do you think the gladiator fights were so popular?  Write 3 paragraphs.

7 – 8: Pretend you are a reporter at a Gladiator fight.  Write a report on what you saw today.

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Copyright November 22nd, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Revolutionary War Test

WEEK 17:  REVOLUTIONARY WAR TEST

NOTE: Following is the Revolutionary War Test.  7th and 8th graders should be able to do all of this test.  4th through 6th graders should be able to do most of the test.   K – 3rd graders will be able to do a lot of this test orally.   Each question is worth 2 points.  This test is OPTIONAL.   Please feel free to skip it; scale it; eliminate parts of it; use it merely as a review, or do whatever best suits your family!  If you choose to give your children this test, I would recommend reviewing the “Discussion Questions” from the last 16 weeks’ lesson plans the day before you give the test.

Following the test you will find a teachers’ answer key.

Name: _____________________________________________         Date: __________________________

Revolutionary War Test

Fill in the Blank:

 

1.       1.) Name the king of Great Britain during the Revolutionary War?

______________________________________

2.       2.) Who discovered lightning was a form of electricity?

______________________________________

3.       3.) In what city did the Continental Congress meet?

______________________________________

4.      4.) How many colonies were there during the Revolutionary War?

______________________________________

5.)   Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?

______________________________________

6.      6.) Who is rumored to be the creator of the first American flag?

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7.   7.)  What was the name of Patrick Henry’s most famous speech?

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8.)  8.) Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

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9.)  9.)  What continent did most slaves in America come from?

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   O   10.)  On what day was the final version of the Declaration approved?

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11   11.)  Who was the Commander-in-Chief of the American armies during the Revolutionary War?

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12.    12.) During the Revolutionary War, most African-Americans and Native Americans fought for the: (British or Americans?) _____________________________________

13.    13.) Who was the first president of the United States?

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14.    14.) Who was the second president of the United States?

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15.    15.) Which Native American group had the oldest democracy in America?

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16.    16.) Just after the Revolutionary war laws were passed to set slaves free in what part of the colonies (North or South) ?

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Circle the Correct Answer:

 

17.   17.) Why did John Hancock move in with his rich uncle as a boy?

  • A.)   He wanted to be rich
  • B.)    He didn’t get along with his father
  • C.)    His father died; mother was poor; uncle had no children.
  • D.)   His mother died.

18.   18.) What group was John Hancock elected president of?

  • A.)    The Singers of Liberty
  • B.)    The Continental Congress
  • C.)    The Boston Tea Party
  • D.)   The colony of Virginia

19.    19.) Which of the following is NOT one of  Ben Franklin’s accomplishments?

  • A.)   He was a lawyer
  • B.)    He set up fire and police departments
  • C.)    Invented bifocal glasses
  • D.)   Acted as a representative from the colonies to France

20.    20.) Which of the following was NOT one of the jobs Paul Revere did?

  • A.)   Made false teeth
  • B.)    Engraved copper plates & printed pictures
  • C.)    Silversmith
  • D.)  Invented Bifocal Glasses  

21.    21.) Paul Revere made an engraving of British soldiers firing upon innocent colonists in Massachusetts.  This incident was called?

  • A.)   The Boston Tea Party
  • B.)    The Revolutionary War
  • C.)    The Boston Massacre
  • D.)   The New York Massacre

22.    22.) Which of the following was NOT a name the Patriots had for the British soldiers?

  • A.)   Bluecoats
  • B.)    Redcoats
  • C.)    Lobster backs
  • D.)   Bloody backs

23.    23.) This Act passed by the King said that colonists had to provide British soldiers with food, supplies, and give them places to live.  What was it called?

  • A.)   The Stamp Act
  • B.)    Tea Tax
  • C.)    The Quartering Act
  • D.)   The Boycott Act

24.    24.) How did King George punish the colonists for the “Boston Tea Party?”

  • A.)   Sent 5000 new soldiers to Boston
  • B.)    He kept all ships from leaving Boston Harbor and prevented new ships from coming.
  • C.)    He told the colonists they must pay back the debt for the destroyed tea.
  • D.)   All of the Above.

25.    25.) Why did some people want to remain British citizens?

  • A.)    They liked Great Britain’s protection.
  • B.)    They liked trading with Great Britain.
  • C.)    Many people had relatives in Great Britain or went to school there.
  • D.)   All of the Above.

26.    26.) Name some of the difficulties Washington had leading the American army?

  • A.)    Not enough food
  • B.)     No money to pay men
  • C.)     Not enough clothing or guns
  • D.)   All of the Above

27.    27.) What Patriot General became a traitor?

  • A.)   Benedict Arnold
  • B.)    John Hancock
  • C.)    Samuel Adams
  • D.)   Burgoyne

28.    28.) Which of the following was NOT an area or city the British had control of during the Revolutionary war?

  • A.)   New York
  • B.)    Philadelphia
  • C.)    South Carolina
  • D.)   Valley Forge

29.   29.) Which of the following was NOT a way women helped support the Revolutionary War?

  • A.)    Some fought as soldiers
  • B.)    Some attended the Continental Congress
  • C.)    Some sewed blankets, uniforms, & flags
  • D.)   Some acted as spies or delivered important messages.

30.    30.) The last battle of the Revolutionary War was in what city?

  • A.)   Yorktown
  • B.)    New York
  • C.)    Paris
  • D.)   Philadelphia

31.    31.) The treaty the British signed with the Americans was called the:

  • A.)   Treaty of Britain
  • B.)    Treaty of France
  • C.)    Treaty of Paris
  • D.)   Treaty of Philadelphia

32.    32.) During the Revolutionary War, the Great Council made what decision?

  • A.)   They should fight for the British
  • B.)    They should not get involved in the war at all.
  • C.)    They should fight for the colonists.
  • D.)   None of the above.

33.    33.) Which of the following did NOT happen to the Iroquois confederacy?

  • A.)    Many decided to fight for the British.
  • B.)    Many of their homes and villages were destroyed.
  • C.)    Many died of hunger, cold, and disease.
  • D.)   Most were proud of George Washington.

Write “T” if the answer is true; Write “F” if the answer is false.

 

34.    34.) T/F John Hancock was one of the richest people in the colonies. ___________

35.    35.) T/F Hancock lived in Virginia. _____________

36.   36.) T/F Some loyalists and tax collectors were tarred and feathered. _________

37.    37.) T/F Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had slaves. _________

38.    38.) T/F King George was happy to take his troops out of the colonies and give Americans  their own country.  __________

39.    39.) T/F George Washington was a great soldier during the French & Indian war. __________

40.    40.) T/F George Washington never had slaves.  _____________

41.    41.) T/F George Washington won the Revolutionary War with the help of the French.  __________

42.    42.) T/F Battles between the British & Americans didn’t start until after the Declaration of Independence was signed.  __________

43.    43.) T/F  The decision to be independent or not divided many families.  ___________

44.    44.) T/F Many women worked as nurses during the Revolutionary War. ____________

45.    45.) T/F During the Revolutionary War, women did not know how to use guns.  _____________

46.    46.) T/F African-Americans were always slaves in the colonies.  ___________

47.    47.) T/F Before the Revolutionary War there were only slaves in the Southern colonies.  __________

48.    48.) T/F John Adams and Thomas Jefferson stayed close friends all of their lives. _________

49.    49.) T/F John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 4th of July. ____________

50.    50.) T/F Mom loves her kids and is very proud of them. ____________

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Extra Credit:

What was the name of John Adams’ wife? __________________________

George Washington attacked what group of soldiers on Christmas? _____________________

What tea did the colonists drink to boycott British tea? ___________________________

What was the name of the Native American who defied the Great Council? ________________________________________

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Answer Key:

  • 1.  King George III
  • 2.  Ben Franklin
  • 3.  Philadelphia
  • 4.  13
  • 5.  John Hancock
  • 6.  Betsy Ross
  • 7.  “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”
  • 8.  Thomas Jefferson
  • 9.  Africa
  • 10.  July 4th, 1776
  • 11.  George Washington
  • 12.  British
  • 13.  George Washington
  • 14.  John Adams
  • 15.  Iroquois
  • 16.  North
  • 17.  C
  • 18.  B
  • 19.  A
  • 20.  D
  • 21.  C
  • 22.  A
  • 23.  C
  • 24.  D
  • 25.  D
  • 26.  D
  • 27.  A
  • 28.  D
  • 29.  B
  • 30.  A
  • 31.  C
  • 32.  B
  • 33.  D
  • 34.  T
  • 35.  F
  • 36.  T
  • 37.  T
  • 38.  F
  • 39.  T
  • 40.  F
  • 41.  T
  • 42.  F
  • 43.  T
  • 44.  T
  • 45.  F
  • 46.  F
  • 47.  F
  • 48.  F
  • 49.  T
  • 50.  T

Extra Credit:

  • Abigail Adams
  • Hessians
  • Dutch Tea
  • Joseph Brant

Copyright August 12th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

 

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Iroquois Democracy & American Revolution

Week 16: Iroquois Democracy & American Revolution

 

WATCH: K – 8:  500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner

Disc 3 Episode 5:

Watch Scene 9 “Haudenosaunee Democracy” to end of Episode 5.

 Note: Many Native Americans at this time wore very little clothing.  Drawings accompany this documentary showing men and women wearing their traditional clothing.  (i.e. There are many images of almost naked male and female Native Americans.)  This documentary is excellent but may be a bit hard for kids in grades K – 3 to understand.)

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 DISCUSS:

  • Which Native American group had the oldest democracy in America? (Haudenosaunee or Iroquois)
  • How many tribes were part of this democracy? (5)
  • How did their democracy begin? (“The PeaceMaker” saw the 5 nations often warring against each other; brought message of peace and the “Great Law” which was moral teachings.)
  • Describe the 5 arrows symbolism? (1 arrow can be easily broken; 5 joined together remain strong)
  • What great American was inspired by their democracy? (Ben Franklin)
  • What were their houses like?  Did they live well? (Longhouses – housed up to a dozen families; had fruit trees, corn, dishes, etc.  They lived well.)
  • Who picked the chief of each clan? (women)
  • What was the Great Council? (Each of the 5 clan chiefs met and talked together to make decisions.)
  • What was the council’s decision on the Revolutionary War? (to remain neutral)
  • Who was Joseph Brant? (Native American w/ ties to British; wanted to fight against Americans; defied council and persuaded many Mohawk and Seneca to do the same.)
  • Did the rest of the tribes remain neutral? (no, some sided w/ Americans)
  • What did George Washington’s men do to the neutral Onandaga? (burned houses, fruit trees, corn, etc.)
  • Why did many Native Americans die? (Civil War; hunger, disease, cold)
  • When the British surrendered, did they make provisions for the Iroquois’s land in their peace agreement? (no)

ACTIVITIES: K – 3: Draw your own picture of a scene of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee)  in the Revolution.

4 – 6: Do you think the Iroquois could have remained neutral if Joseph Brant hadn’t come back from England?  Explain your answer in a paragraph.

7 – 8: Write an essay (5 paragraph- 3 proof)  telling about 3 new things you learned about the Iroquois during the Revolution.

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Copyright August 2nd, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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