I spend so much time in this group now, lol. Here are my first three lessons for SOTW for my 5th and 6th graders, I plan to do a section of the book for each lesson and probably two or three lessons a week, sometimes more if they are into it and want to do history for longer. Do you think this is good for this age? I'm not sure yet if I will read aloud or if they will want to each read on their own or read to each other, or a combination of all three.
READ: The Story of the World: Introduction, discuss and answer questions:
What is History?
What is Archaeology?
Check out this website (LP): http://www.nps.gov/history/archeology/public/kids/index.htm#
DO (AB): Begin a "History of my Family" book, color/decorate the front cover, start listing the people you want to include. Interview your sibling first. Next, interview mom, dad, and Betsy. Begin pages for Gram, Nana and Papa, and anyone else you would like to include, find a day and time to interview those people by phone or in person.
FUN DO: Mark off a section of our yard near the woods and perform an archaeological dig.
READ: The Story of the World: pgs 7-9, discuss and answer questions:
What kinds of foods did nomads eat?
Where did they sleep?
Why did they move from place to place?
READ: It's disgusting-- and we ate it! Make a list of some of the most disgusting foods, foods you would like to try, or foods you have tried, think of your own list!
DO(EP): Take a tour of a cave here: http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/02_00.xml and write two paragraphs about what you saw.
FUN DO(EP): Go outside! Find a nice big rock, gather sticks or other things to paint with, and berries, mud, flowers and other things to make into paint...make a cave painting!
READ: The Story of the World: pgs 9-13, and The Complete History of the World pg 36 discuss and answer questions:
Why was the Fertile Crescent a good place to live?
Did farmers move from place to place? Why?
How did the farmers water the crops?
What did they build houses out of?
How did they protect their villages?
DO: label and color map, include map key for colors.
FUN DO (AB p12): Build a hut in the backyard...or work on your fort in the side yard.