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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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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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Benjamin Franklin

Week 6: Ben Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

READ:  K – 2:  A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David Adler

3 – 4: Meet Benjamin Franklin by Maggi Scarf

5 – 6:  Benjamin Franklin by Victoria Sherrow

7 -8: The Amazing Mr. Franklin: Or the Boy Who Read Everything by Ruth Ashby

DISCUSS:

  • Where did Ben Franklin live as a boy? (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • When Ben was 12, he went to work for his older brother.  What did his brother do?  (printed a newspaper)
  • Ben wrote secret articles for his brother’s newspaper.  How did he sign them? (Mistress Silence Dogood)
  • Why did he keep his identity secret? (he thought his brother would not publish them if he knew Ben had written them.)
  • How did James feel when he found out? (he was angry and wouldn’t publish any more articles)
  • Why did Ben leave Boston? (he and his brother didn’t get along)
  • To what city did Ben move to? (Philadelphia)
  • What newspaper did Ben start in Philly? (Pennsylvania Gazette)
  • Name some of Ben’s most famous “wise sayings” (Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man health, wealthy, and wise.  Haste makes waste.)
  • What are some of Ben’s other accomplishments? (set up fire and police departments, started a lending library, started first hospital in America, postmaster, invented Franklin stove, bifocals (glasses), lightning rod, proved lightning is electricity, acted as a representative from Massachusetts to the colonies, acted as a representative from the colonies to England and France, helped write Declaration of Independence, worked at Constitutional Convention, spoke out against slavery)

 ACTIVITIES:

K – 2: Take a white piece of paper and fold it in half; then fold it again.  In each of the four sections, draw a picture of something Ben Franklin did.

3 – 4: Complete this crossword puzzle about Ben Franklin by clicking HERE.

5 – 6: Read the following pages of quotes by Ben Franklin from “Famous quotes and authors” website by clicking HERE.  Copy 2 quotes that you like the most.  Then, write a paragraph: of Ben’s 3 major occupations, writer, inventor, and representative, in which one do you think he was most helpful to society?

7 – 8:   Read the following pages of quotes by Ben Franklin from “Famous quotes and authors” website by clicking HERE.  Copy 2 quotes that you like the most.  Then, write an essay: of Ben’s 3 major occupations, writer, inventor, and representative, in which one do you think he was most helpful to society?

Copyright May 25th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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John Hancock

Week 1: John Hancock (1737 – 1793)

(President of Continental Congress in 1775)

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READ: K – 1:  A Picture Book of John Hancock by David & Michael Adler

2 – 3: Will You Sign Here, John Hancock by Jean Fritz

4 – 7:  John Hancock by Candice Ransom

8:  John Hancock: A Signature Life by Philip Koslow

 




Note: John Hancock joined a special group called the Sons of Liberty that met to encourage independence from Britain and freedom for the colonists.  At one time John Hancock and his friend Sam Adams were in danger of being captured by the British.  Their friend, Paul Revere, warned them that the soldiers were coming and saved their lives.  You will be learning more about Paul Revere in the weeks to follow.

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 DISCUSS:

  • Why did John move in with his rich uncle as a boy? (His father died; mother was poor; uncle had no children)
  • T/F Hancock was one of the richest people in the colonies. (T)
  • T/F Hancock lived in Virginia.  (F)
  • What state was he elected leader of? (Massachusetts)
  • Describe the troubles Massachusetts was having.  (Boston tea party, outraged by taxes, British preventing ships from coming or going.)
  • What special group did Hancock join? (Sons of Liberty)
  • Why did King George want to hang Hancock? (spoke against unfair laws of King; was very influential because he was so wealthy and popular)
  • John and his friend Sam Adams were in danger because of their words against the King.  Who warned them that the British were coming to kill them? (Paul Revere)
  • What group was John elected president of? (Continental Congress)
  • What important document was he the first to sign? (Declaration of Independence)
  • Why is his signature so famous? (Because he wrote it so big!)

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ACTIVITIES: 

 K – 2: Discuss:  Why do you think Hancock signed his name so big?  Think of times when you sign your name.  When should you sign it big?  When should you sign it smaller? Using this SITE for help,  (from Handwriting for kids) practice writing your name in script, then color in this page of John Hancock by clicking HERE.  (from About Homeschooling)

3 – 5: Write a paragraph explaining why King George wanted to kill Hancock.

6 – 8:  Write an essay on the following:  King George wanted to hang Hancock.  If he had succeeded, would that have caused the commotion in Massachusetts to die down, or would it have furthered the Revolution?  Explain your answer.

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Copyright April 21st, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Egyptian Transportation & Agriculture

Week 7: Ancient Egyptian Transportation & Agriculture

READ:  K – 5:  Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt by Linda Honan (Chp 6 only)

6 – 8:  Ancient Transportation by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only) AND  Ancient Agriculture by Michael & Mary Woods (Chp 3 only)

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DISCUSS: 

  • What river was the lifeline of Ancient Egypt? (Nile)
  • How did most people travel in Egypt? (walking or by boat)
  • What were most boats made of? (Papyrus reeds)
  • What were larger boats made of and who were they for? (wood; for Pharoah and for carrying supplies)
  • Did their boats have sails? (yes)

Questions for grades 6-8:

  • What famous canal did the Egyptians build? (Suez Canal)
  • What was it for? (connected Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea)
  • Why did Ancient Egyptians need to irrigate the land? (keep it fertile & from drying out)
  • Besides the Suez Canal, what other water projects did they build? (dams  & other canals)

ACTIVITIES:
K – 5: Make a boat using the instructions on page 58 of Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt.

6 – 8: Find a picture of an ancient Egyptian boat on the internet by CLICKING HERE and draw it; then label it as a Pharoah’s vessel or one for a common laborer.

Copyright January 26th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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