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basic US history outline?

Posted by on Aug. 3, 2014 at 3:05 AM
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Does anybody know of a list of events in US history kids should learn? I'm planning on using living books from the library and activities to teach it. We'll do notebooking about it too. I just don't want to miss an important event!
Help me please! Last year we made it through native Americans to the colonies and started the events leading to the revolutionary war. I want to review the events and go from there!
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LostTheSlipper
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM

http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-explorers-jacksonians-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427120/pd/242712?event=CPOF


http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-volume-2-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427427/pd/247201


I'm not recommending you using these books (above) for your son (though they're great books) - just posted a link so you could go to the Table of Contents. I think it has enough in there where you can pick and choose what you deem to be the "important events".

You can also look at Sonlight's American History book list to get an idea of the important areas (and book ideas!) Go to "what's included"

http://www.sonlight.com/DCD5.html

http://www.sonlight.com/EC5.html



JasonsMom2007
by Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Thank you!  He loves history but he hates textbooks.  He picked out a chapter book about a Civil War nurse the other day and now he's constantly talking about the Civil War and why it happened and all sorts of facts.  He's looking more up online and wants to know more about it.  I think it will be a great approach for him.  Just have to follow the timelines :)

Quoting LostTheSlipper:

http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-explorers-jacksonians-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427120/pd/242712?event=CPOF


http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-volume-2-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427427/pd/247201


I'm not recommending you using these books (above) for your son (though they're great books) - just posted a link so you could go to the Table of Contents. I think it has enough in there where you can pick and choose what you deem to be the "important events".

You can also look at Sonlight's American History book list to get an idea of the important areas (and book ideas!) Go to "what's included"

http://www.sonlight.com/DCD5.html

http://www.sonlight.com/EC5.html





Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont
LostTheSlipper
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM


Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Thank you!  He loves history but he hates textbooks.  He picked out a chapter book about a Civil War nurse the other day and now he's constantly talking about the Civil War and why it happened and all sorts of facts.  He's looking more up online and wants to know more about it.  I think it will be a great approach for him.  Just have to follow the timelines :)

Quoting LostTheSlipper:

http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-explorers-jacksonians-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427120/pd/242712?event=CPOF


http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-volume-2-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427427/pd/247201


I'm not recommending you using these books (above) for your son (though they're great books) - just posted a link so you could go to the Table of Contents. I think it has enough in there where you can pick and choose what you deem to be the "important events".

You can also look at Sonlight's American History book list to get an idea of the important areas (and book ideas!) Go to "what's included"

http://www.sonlight.com/DCD5.html

http://www.sonlight.com/EC5.html




For Civil War have him check this out:

http://www.history.com/interactives/civil-war-150

DS loved it - you might want to preview it for content though first. I know he's advanced but you'd have to gauge it appropriately since DS was a bit older when he used it.

JasonsMom2007
by Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM
I will thanks yes advanced doesn't mean ready for anything. Emotionally he's rather immature so I have to stay on top of it :)

Quoting LostTheSlipper:

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Thank you!  He loves history but he hates textbooks.  He picked out a chapter book about a Civil War nurse the other day and now he's constantly talking about the Civil War and why it happened and all sorts of facts.  He's looking more up online and wants to know more about it.  I think it will be a great approach for him.  Just have to follow the timelines :)

Quoting LostTheSlipper:

http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-explorers-jacksonians-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427120/pd/242712?event=CPOF

http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-volume-2-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427427/pd/247201

I'm not recommending you using these books (above) for your son (though they're great books) - just posted a link so you could go to the Table of Contents. I think it has enough in there where you can pick and choose what you deem to be the "important events".

You can also look at Sonlight's American History book list to get an idea of the important areas (and book ideas!) Go to "what's included"

http://www.sonlight.com/DCD5.html

http://www.sonlight.com/EC5.html

For Civil War have him check this out:

http://www.history.com/interactives/civil-war-150

DS loved it - you might want to preview it for content though first. I know he's advanced but you'd have to gauge it appropriately since DS was a bit older when he used it.

hipmomto3
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Have you covered Lewis & Clark? We spent about three weeks on that topic the year before last. We had a book we'd read from, then we'd watch about 15-20 minutes of the PBS Lewis & Clark documentary (Netflix), along with notebooking, lapbooks, etc. It was very interesting! I actually learned way more than I ever did when I was in school studying that subject!

JasonsMom2007
by Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Not yet we aren't to that point in history.

Quoting hipmomto3:

Have you covered Lewis & Clark? We spent about three weeks on that topic the year before last. We had a book we'd read from, then we'd watch about 15-20 minutes of the PBS Lewis & Clark documentary (Netflix), along with notebooking, lapbooks, etc. It was very interesting! I actually learned way more than I ever did when I was in school studying that subject!

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 2:32 AM
I'm not a fan of the actual ss curric, but we used Rod and Staff 5th grade social studies last yr that was based on the history of north America (Canada some too) it is very Mennonite based and taught a lot about their history, too.

However, we created a book box from the library based on our next couple lessons. My kids really enjoyed the bible book box and learned a ton.

My suggestion would be to pick up a used, cheap as can be text book that covers american history off Amazon, garage sales, resales, wherever.... spend as little as you can.

Create library book box off the topics every week and only do the text as a tea aloud and trivia type game.
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

My boys like to do lots of biographies.  We bought a few of the "Great Biographies for Kids" and a few of the "Who Was ____" series.  But be careful, the George Washington Great Biography had a date typo!  We use Story of the World and then add in the biographies at the appropriate times.

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Thank you!  He loves history but he hates textbooks.  He picked out a chapter book about a Civil War nurse the other day and now he's constantly talking about the Civil War and why it happened and all sorts of facts.  He's looking more up online and wants to know more about it.  I think it will be a great approach for him.  Just have to follow the timelines :)

Quoting LostTheSlipper:

http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-explorers-jacksonians-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427120/pd/242712?event=CPOF


http://www.christianbook.com/american-history-volume-2-student-reader/celeste-rakes/9781892427427/pd/247201


I'm not recommending you using these books (above) for your son (though they're great books) - just posted a link so you could go to the Table of Contents. I think it has enough in there where you can pick and choose what you deem to be the "important events".

You can also look at Sonlight's American History book list to get an idea of the important areas (and book ideas!) Go to "what's included"

http://www.sonlight.com/DCD5.html

http://www.sonlight.com/EC5.html





TigerofMu
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

If you're going to be notebooking, you might check Currclick.  There are often sales, where everything is fifty cents, or ten cents, and there are some really good notebooking history pages that I found for my artist daughter.

JasonsMom2007
by Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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I'm finding my son and I aren't a fan of the premade pages. I give him a blank piece of paper and ask him what he learned. He might ask me to print a picture but for the most part he comes up with his page from his own ideas.

Quoting TigerofMu:

If you're going to be notebooking, you might check Currclick.  There are often sales, where everything is fifty cents, or ten cents, and there are some really good notebooking history pages that I found for my artist daughter.

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