American Girl Felicity:
Colonial America
Unit Study

American Girl Felicity Unit Study
  Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
Growing Up In Colonial America !!

 

* Core Reading-
“Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”

 

*  Week 1: Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
Introduction to Felicity and Colonial America

1. Introduction to Felicity’s world 1774                             (see Day 1 Plan Below)

2.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 1-3                  ( Life in the New World)

3.   Review of the 13 Colonies                                                   (Southern Colonies)

4.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 24-25               ( Plantation Village)

5.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 6-7                     (At Home with Family)

* Week 2: Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
     A Day With Felicity

1.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 12-15, 16-19              ( Society )

2.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 22-23, 32-33              (Work )

3.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 8-9                                  (Play )

4.   “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 20-21                           (Food)

5.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 26-31                             (Slavery )

*  Week 3: Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
                          Revolution!

1.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 4-5, 42-43                    (Boston Tea Party & the
Midnight Ride)

2.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 44-51                           (War! At home & at Camp)

3.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 52-53                           (George Washington )

4.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 54-55                            (The Turning Point  )

5.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 56-58                            (Surrender!  )

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*Additional Reading & Videos for study-

* NOTE:
Click the ‘Book Store’ tab at the top of this page for lots of fun supplementary books, kits, etc…. Also, be sure to follow my American Girl Pages on Pinterest for all kinds of additional ideas!  (I usually pin to these boards at least several times a week!)

*The Felicity Unit introduces both the topic of life in colonial America as well as the American Revolution.   Though this unit is written for only a brief 3-week introduction to these topics, it would be quite easy to spend lots more time on an in-depth study of this time period.   There are so many wonderful books that could supplement this unit, both readers & read alouds. I will list some of our favorites at the bottom of this section!

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*Week 1:  Introduction to Felicity
and Colonial America

* American Girl Felicity Series,  Book 1, “Meet  Felicity
(These books are not necessary to this unit.  Just really good reads!  🙂
There are 6 books in the series, so you could choose how much to read each
week depending on your child’s level and interests.  I just listed one book per week.)

*Remember to check my Felicity: Colonial America  Pinterest Page for TONS of super fun hands-on learning ideas, printables, and ideas to go with each day’s lessons below !

+Day 1:  Meet Felicity

*Introduction to Felicity’s World

* You Tube Video intros to life as a child in Colonial America-
This short video (about 8 minutes) features the characters that play Felicity & her
friend Elizabeth in the Felicity movie, on a tour through historic Williamsburg.
–  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEaOgnCHmfY

* Short (about 5 minutes), but complete power point type video of what it was like to
be a child in Colonial America.  Very informative.
–  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCU_jxgZ1B0

* You may also like to either begin or end this unit with the movie
                                  Felicity:  An American Girl Adventure  

*NOTE:   The Thriteen Colonies are covered in today’s Geography section

Colonial Williamsburg
– http://www.history.org/almanack/tourTheTown/index.cfm
– http://www.history.org/Almanack/places/index.cfm
– http://www.history.org/almanack/places/places.cfm?sort=community   
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/williamsburg.php


+Day 2:  Life in the New World

*Core Reading:  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-   p. 1-3 

*Daily Life
– http://memorialhall.mass.edu/kids_home.html
(Interactive website)
– http://www.history.org/history/teaching/day_life/dayteach.pdf
(Daily Life)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/daily_life_in_the_city.php
(Daily Life for a colonist in the city)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/daily_life_on_the_farm.php
(Daily Life for a colonist in the country)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVxad8R4Nig
(short video from Williamsburg)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCU_jxgZ1B0
(daily life for a colonial child)
– http://www.nps.gov/adam/forteachers/upload/newfamily2.pdf
(all about colonial life from Adams National Historical Park…. printables, activities, etc…)

+Day 3:  The Southern Colonies

* Southern Colonies
– http://schoolmediainteractive.com/view/object/clip/C7730F427595EF2787268A297EB2D59F/12      (This is a nice short intro video)
http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/southerncolonies.html
– https://www.landofthebrave.info/southern-colonies.htm
– http://13colonies5th.weebly.com/week-3-the-southern-colonies.html
(Some activities, topics to discuss, and an online test what you know)
 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?   v=j3KAOWye1AM&feature=share&list=PL9bDHRx3YbkV_rZLEF-eg8I6v080oCnS4&index=2
*A bit more advanced*

– https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/southern-colonies/
( printable for the southern colonies)

* The Virginia Colony
 http://www.historyisfun.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Colonial-Life.pdf
(Reading and some nice pictures)
– http://www.historyisfun.org/learn/learning-center/colonial-america-american-revolution-learning-resources/american-revolution-lesson-plans-activities/colonial-life-lesson-plan/
(Companion lesson for the above reading)
– https://www.nps.gov/jame/learn/education/classrooms/historic-jamestowne-teachers-resource-guide.htm
(This is the teacher’s resource guide for Jamestown from the NPS…there are lots of activities here, including audio clips from famous settlers!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.)
 http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/jamestown.html
(There are lots of links for more reading and other fun activities here)
– http://www.softschools.com/facts/13_colonies/virginia_colony_facts/2046/
 http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/jamestown_settlement.php


+Day 4:  The Plantation Village

* Core Reading–  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 24-25

* Colonial Homes

– http://www.scholastic.com/teachdearamerica/design_colonial.htm
 http://www.history.org/almanack/places/places.cfm?sort=family
(colonial Williamsburg homes)
 http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/housing.php
– http://mdroots.thinkport.org/interactives/plantation/intro.asp
(build your own plantation!  )
– http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/history/panoramas.html
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-houses.htm
– http://www.memorialhall.mass.edu/activities/architecture/index.html
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/buildings_places_colonial_town.php
 (Places you might see around the village)

+Day 5:  At Home With the Family

* Core Reading–  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 6-7

* Colonial Family

– http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/people.cfm
(Read stories of families who lived in Colonial Williamsburg)
 http://www.history.org/almanack/life/family/background.cfm
(Includes info about  European, African, & Native American families of this period)

http://www.thehenryford.org/exhibits/smartfun/colonial/intro/index.html
(A Colonial Family & Community…super FUN web detective type game based on a real colonial family!  Includes video clips & lots of fun facts! )

– The holidays are always a special time for families…
Here are LOTS of ideas on how families in Felicity’s time celebrated !

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
–  http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/01-Early-American-Society/early_american_society-02.htm
http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/02-Early-American-Home-life/early_american_homelife-12.htm

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*Week 2:   A Day With Felicity

*  American Girl Felicity Series, Book 2, “Felicity Learns A Lesson

*Just a reminder to check the Felicity Colonial America page for learning activities to go with each day’s lessons !

+Day 1:  Colonial Society

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p.  12-15, 16-19

* Colonial Society

– http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/classes.cfm
(Social Classes)
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vq5gms99mo
(Felicity taking tea scene)
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-society.htm
–  http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/manners/rules2.cfm
(George Washington’s Rules of Civility)    🙂
–  http://memorialhall.mass.edu/activities/dressup/index.html
(clothing & printables)
– http://714185960117968788.weebly.com/clothing-in-the-colonies-children.html    (clothing)
– http://www.history.org/history/clothing/intro/index.cfm
(clothing & printable paper dolls)
– http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/colonialclothing.html
(clothing & society)
 http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/mens_clothing.php
( Men’s Clothing)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/womens_clothing.php
(Women’s Clothing)

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/
(society ladies)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/01-Early-American-Society/early_american_society-04.htm
(colonial couple)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/01-Early-American-Society/early_american_society-06.htm  
(society in colonial america)

+Day 2:   Work 

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  22-23, 32-33

*Work  (Daily work & School)

– http://www.history.org/almanack/life/trades/tradehdr.cfm
(colonial trades in Williamsburg)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/jobs_occupations.php
– http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/occupations.html
(colonial trades)
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-education.htm
(school)
– http://www.williamsburgkids.com/dailylife/chores.htm
(chores)

– http://www.savorthedays.com/2014/04/colonial-activities-for-kids.html
(Silversmithing Activity)

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/02-Early-American-Home-life/early_american_homelife-04.htm
(woman sewing )
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/04-Early-American-Jobs/early_american_jobs-01.htm
(general store)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/04-Early-American-Jobs/early_american_jobs-02.htm
(print maker)
 http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/04-Early-American-Jobs/early_american_jobs-04.htm
(blacksmith)

+Day 3:  Play

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  8-9

*Play
– http://www.historyisfun.org/annas-adventures.htm
(Scroll down to Anna’s Adventures:  Nine Men’s Morris)
– http://www.historyisfun.org/pdf/annas-adventures/AnnasAdventures_NineMensMorris.pdf
(directions to make this game)
–  
http://www.pencaderheritage.org/main/teachtool/games.pdf
(children’s games)
– http://www.louisiana101.com/webquest-games/noahwebsterpage.html
http://www.coht.org/resources/NINE%20PINS.pdf
(Nine Pins game)
– http://www.earlyamerica.com/music/
(Colonial music)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/03-Early-American-Children/early_american_children-05.htm

+Day 4:  Colonial Food and Drink

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  20-21

* Food
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/food.php  
(Good intro)
– http://www.historyisfun.org/annas-adventures.htm
(Scroll down to Anna’s Adventures:  Pick and Pickle)
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/recipes.html
(lots of links & recipes)
– http://www.historyisfun.org/pdf/annas-adventures/AnnasAdventures_Food_4pages.pdf   (activity sheets & directions on some food preservation recipes to try yourself!)
– http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/food/index.cfm
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOWpzR0b6Ko
(colonial cooking demo from Williamsburg)  
– http://recipes.history.org/recipeindex/
(video demo of cooking in colonial times)
– http://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/whats-dinner
– http://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/growing-food
– http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodcolonial.html 
(lots & lots of links)
– https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Revolutionary-War-Recipes-625117
(Freebie from Teachers Pay Teachers…Revolutionary War Recipes)

https://www.pinterest.com/willowchenoah/felicitys-christmas-american-girl-holidays-in-the-/
(Holiday Food & Drinks (and decorations too!)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/02-Early-American-Home-life/early_american_homelife-01.htm

+Day 5:  Slavery
* Note:  If you will be working through all of the AG Units, this topic will be covered in a lot more depth in the Addy Unit Study  !   (Felicity was my very first unit posted…I have learned a lot about using Word Press since this unit!  Please check out my newer units 😀 )

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  26-31

* Slavery
+  Liberty’s Kids video Liberty or Death!
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJT4j9zSDlA

– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/slavery.php
(Good Introduction to this topic)
– 
http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/african/index.cfm
(Colonial African Americans)
 http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/triangle-trade.html
– http://www.wartgames.com/themes/american/slavery.html
(slavery in the southern colonies)
– http://www.history.org/kids/visitus/colonialPeople/slave.cfm
– http://www.history.org/kids/visitus/colonialPeople/slave2.cfm
(animated stories from colonial Williamsburg site for kids)
– http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHTriangularTrade.pdf
(A complete lesson plan on slavery including printable activities…more in depth)

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*  Week 3:  Revolution!

*  American Girl Felicity Series, Book 3, “Felicity’s Surprise

*Just a reminder to check the Felicity Colonial America page for learning activities to go with each day’s lessons !

+Day 1:  A Tea Party & A Midnight Ride

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  4-5, 42-43

* The Boston Tea Party
+ Liberty’s Kids, The Boston Tea Party !  and  The Intolerable Acts  (Full episodes)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyxVKi_EYwY
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX9XoUDnJfg

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/bostonteaparty.html
(brief intro & lots of links)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBBTF0Wg7dY
(School House Rocks !  )
– http://mrnussbaum.com/history-2-2/btparty/
http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/activities/btp.html
(fun interactive activity)
– http://morethanahomeschoolmom.com/2015/03/20-resources-for-teaching-about-boston.html
(20 Resources for teaching about the Boston Tea Party!)
 http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Revolution/02-revolt-002.htm
(coloring page)

* The Midnight Ride
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1a8xvbl2Eg
(Liberty’s Kids,  The Midnight Ride)

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/paulrevere.html
(Paul Revere’s Ride & other links)
– http://www.libertyskids.com/arch_who_prevere.html
(Intro to Paul Revere)
– http://www.paulreverehouse.org/kids/
(The Paul Revere House site)
– http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/paul-reveres-ride
(Longfellow’s famous poem)

– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Revolution/02-revolt-005-1.htm
(Paul Revere’s ride coloring page)

+Day 2:  War!  At Home & At Camp

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  44-51

* War!
                                                                                                                  
– 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxtQXUnOdVA  
(Liberty’s Kids,  The Shot Heard Around the World )

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ikO6LMxF4&feature=related
(School House Rocks!   🙂  )

– http://www.earlyamerica.com/shot_heard.htm
(short audio with nice drawings)
http://www.ducksters.com/history/american_revolution/life_as_a_revolutionary_war_soldier.php  
(brief facts about what it was like to be a soldier in the Revolutionary War)

– http://www.revolutionarywararchives.org/landon.html
(short bio about a young drummer in the Revolutionary War)
– http://www.fifeanddrum.army.mil/kids_fife_drum.html
(music during the war…would be good to read along with the bio of the drummer above)

– http://www.historyisfun.org/PDFbooks/Life_of_a_Private.pdf
(scroll through to read about & find activities for what it was like to be a young soldier in the war… there is a list of their rations that is quite interesting!)
– http://ncpedia.org/history/usrevolution/soldiers
(life of a soldier)
– http://www.history-of-american-wars.com/revolutionary-war-soldiers.html
(more detailed reading about the life of both British & Colonial soldiers)
– http://allthingsliberty.com/2013/02/top-10-facts-about-british-soldiers/
(British soldiers)

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/women.html
(Women of the Revolutionary War)

– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Revolution/02-revolt-006.htm
(Coloring page)

+Day 3:  George Washington

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  52-53

* George Washington
+ Liberty’s Kids,  Washington Takes Command,  New York, New York, &  Across the Delaware
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnAnwpe9dGY
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sygLEBvn8wM
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO0gJrZVUks

– http://mrnussbaum.com/presidents/georgewashington/
(GW Biography & links)
http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/washhdr.cfm
(GW from Williamsburg website)
http://www.georgewashington.si.edu/life/chronology.html
(GW’s life in brief timeline)
– http://www.mountvernon.org/virtualtour  
(Lovely virtual tour of Mt. Vernon)
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/newyork.html
(New York, New York  & links)

– http://www.usa-printables.com/Presidents/01-George-Washington/
(Lots of GW coloring pages)

+Day 4:  The Turning Point

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  54-55

*The Turning Point
+ Liberty’s Kids,  One Life to Lose,  Valley Forge,  &  Captain Molly
–  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsGAi8XyiZ4
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9jQ-0dMHoU
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM-e8KUOXU0

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/valleyforge.html
(Valley Forge & links)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/american_revolution/valley_forge.php
http://www.ushistory.org/march/phila/valleyforge.htm
(Valley Forge…the turning point)
– http://mrnussbaum.com/molly-pitcher/
(“Molly Pitcher”)

+Day 5:  Surrender !

* Core Reading-  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”-  p.  56-58

*Surrender!

+ Liberty’s Kids,  Yorktown  &  The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King 
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vku78dGqS3A
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E78GyzyVTC4

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/yorktown.html
(The Battle of Yorktown & lots of related links)
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/battle-of-yorktown.htm
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/yorktown.htm
(Battle of Yorktown)
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/treatyofparis.html
(The Treaty of Paris)

Reading Comprehension Think!

*Reading Comprehension Ideas:  Show what you know!

*The American Girl website has some nice worksheets including comprehension questions-
– http://www.americangirl.com/corp/pdfs/Felicity_OnlineCurric.pdf

*This AG loving mom has lists of comprehension questions for lots of the books in the series-
– http://americangirlmom.blogspot.com/2007/05/meet-felicity.html

* Keep a running list in a notebook of important people, important places,  important events, and important ideas. Use these lists later for writing prompts, notebooking, lapbooking, creating a timeline, etc…
–  http://www.colonialsense.com/Society-Lifestyle/Kolonial_Kids/Coloring_Pages.php
 (People, Places, & Events coloring pages)

* Create a notebook, lapbook, scrapbook, folder, etc…to show what you’re learning.  This is a fantastic way for the kids to articulate creatively what they have  learned!
Need some inspiration?
– http://notebookingpages.com/notebooking 
– http://lapbookingadventures.blogspot.com/2008/10/american-girl-felicity-lapbook.html
– http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-american-girl-lapbook-templates/
(free templates for folders)

* Coloring pages for People, Places, & Events of this period
–  http://www.colonialsense.com/Society-Lifestyle/Kolonial_Kids/Coloring_Pages.php

* Find whatever outlet that excites your kids!
One video featured a girl showing how to create different period hairstyles on her AG doll for example !

* Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this unit to see a list of some of the fun crafts, cooking activities, & other creative ideas!

Mad-Libs

*Language Arts/Grammar Ideas-

* You may choose to use your regular grammar curriculum, add just a few of the  ideas below  into the mix, or use all the ideas below.  Isn’t homeschooling wonderful sometimes?

*Vocabulary ideas-

*Choose any list of vocabulary you’d like to use for this unit.  I have included a brief list for each week from the core reading.

*It might also be fun to include some words that we use today that originated during this period.

–  http://www.plimoth.org//learn/just-kids/talk-pilgrim
(fun audio here too!)
– http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/history/dirty_manner/index.html
(text & audio)
–  http://colonialquills.blogspot.com/2013/01/colonial-backwoods-slang-by-susan-f.html
 http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/summer01/words.cfm
(for mom to  read…very interesting!!)

*Or you can use my lists that are taken from each week’s core reading.
If your child is old enough to be proficient in using a computer, it might
be a fun activity to include copy & pasted images along with some of the
particularly foreign words. (ex. plantation, gentry, etc…)

*Vocabulary Lists:

*Week 1:

1.   colony             2. colonists                3. Patriots                 4. Loyalists                 5. apprentice

6. plantation      7. tax                             8.  gentry                  9. independence    10. wharf

*Week 2:
1. loyal                2. minuet                 3. widow               4. tallow               5. carding

6. tavern            7. milliner                8. epidemic         9. shackle           10. freemen

*Week 3:
1. delegates     2. rebellion             3.  regulars            4. minutemen      5. hardtack

6. courage         7. victory                 8. defeat                 9. trenches           10. revolution


*Copy Work/Narration ideas-      

*Week 1:
* Try some of these famous quotes:
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/famousquotes.html
– http://www.colonialsense.com/Society-Lifestyle/Colonial_Quotes/Main.php

* This week’s Scripture verses-
-Leviticus 26: 11-13          – Exodus 6: 1-8           – Genesis 9                    – Luke 4: 18-19 (Isaiah 61:1)
-Galatians 5                          – James 1: 25              – Romans 8: 21           – 1 Corinthians 10:23
-Genesis 1: 26-30 and Genesis 2….particularly 2: 8-17
-1 Peter 2:16                         -John 8:36

*Week 2:
* Here is a poem from Phillis Wheatley-
– http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/Wheatley/phil.htm
(poem)
– http://mrnussbaum.com/phillis-wheatley/  
(short bio)

* This week’s Scripture verses-
– Exodus 6: 2-7            – 1 John 3:8                    – Romans 8:21             – Hebrews 2: 14-15
– 2 Timothy 2:26        – 1 Corinthians 6:12   – John 8:34

*Week 3:
* Try some of the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”,  by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
– http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/paul-reveres-ride

* “The World Turned Upside Down”
“if ponies rode men and grass ate cows,
And cats were chased into holes by the mouse . . .
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.”

–  http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/popup_songs.html
(PBS Short explanation of this poem)
–  OR if you’d rather read a bit of history about Yankee Doodle
 http://www.loc.gov/teachers/lyrical/songs/yankee_doodle.html

* This week’s Scripture verses-
-Romans 8: 1-4                     – John 8:36                  – John 10:10             – 1 Corinthians 6:12
– Isaiah 61:1                           – Romans 6: 6-7         – Romans 8: 14-15

**OR…

* Use some of the Scripture verses from the Bible section.

* Choose your favorite passage from some of this week’s reading.

* Choose an author that was popular during this period & incorporate them into the unit (copy work, timeline, writing prompts, etc…).  Be sure to add them to your notebook!
–  Phillis Wheatley     – Thomas Paine       – Thomas Jefferson       – Samuel Adams
Abigail Adams         – George Washington  

*Grammar ideas-

* Here’s a website of very short daily grammar reviews
– http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html

* You could also choose a sentence, or photocopy a page of the reading.

* Depending on what skill you want to emphasize, have your child diagram
a few sentences, or find all the verbs, nouns, etc…, or whatever grammar skill needs
work.

*Here is a fun idea…make up a mad libs by writing a simple paragraph about one of our topics of study.   Here’s a sample using George Washington.
– http://mrnussbaum.com/george-washington-printable-activity/


*
Writing-

– http://mrnussbaum.com/valley-forge-writing-prompt-printable/
(Valley Forge prompt)
– http://maass.nyu.edu/resources/r1/lesson_plans/health.html
(Colonial Health & Medicine/science related activities including some writing prompts)

– Also, you may make up some broad prompts from a topic from our studies so far…
What is freedom?
If I were a colonial child…

Heart Bible 

*Bible Ideas:

**You might like to add the classic Pilgrim’s Progress (or perhaps an abridged or animated version) to your reading (or viewing…there are lots of great movie options too) for Bible during this unit, as it goes along very well with the theme of freedom.

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*Week 1:   What is Freedom?

*Reading-

– http://www.k12connections.iptv.org/pdfs/LKEpisodeDescrip.pdf
(This site  includes some good insights on how to talk to children about the topic of freedom, as related to this period of history)

– Scriptures to explore & discuss what God thinks about freedom:
+ Genesis 1: 26-30 and Genesis 2….particularly 2: 8-17

**God created the most amazing place and set man right in the center of it,  to rule over His new, magnificent creation,  in the truest sense of freedom ever.  God saw that this was all very good.   From the beginning this was  God’s perfect intention for an abundant life of freedom & joy for all people!

– God’s plan for His people has consistently and from the beginning, been that we would look to Him as our God, that we would always be HIS people, and that we would rule by His ordering and by His law of Love over all of His creation in freedom.
-Leviticus 26: 11-13          – Exodus 6: 1-8           – Genesis 9                    – Luke 4: 18-19 (Isaiah 61:1)
-Galatians 5                          – James 1: 25              – Romans 8: 21           – 1 Corinthians 10:23
-1 Peter 2:16                         -John 8:36

– What does God think about freedom & independence?
I have taught many ages of children, in all kinds of settings, and in different parts of the world.  It is always surprising to me that most children (and many adults I would guess) think of God’s idea of living as one of His people, as anything but living FREE!  One child told me confidentially that he didn’t know if he wanted to be a Christian anymore because he could never “keep all the rules”, and he was tired of trying to figure it all out and get it right.   🙁
This false teaching  (basically that of works & law…empty religion) will never produce the fruit of the Spirit, righteousness, or an abundant life in anyone, child or adult.
I think it is quite an important foundational concept to teach children first of God’s desire for us to live as a FREE people, bound only by our love for Him & for each other.   Love for God is what sets us free from sin to begin with, and the very thing that causes us to want to live a holy life.  It is Christ Himself in us that sets us free !!
The revelation in our hearts of God’s beautiful, loving, perfect plan for humanity builds a solid foundation for being able to see what it is that separates us from seeing this plan happening in our own lives.  “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness…”
The feeling that comes when you understand that you have truly been set free from this world by Love is incomparable!!   <3

* You might enjoy the following song,  Freedom-  Bethel Live,  to learn this week-
–  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiO_Eteee1U

*Ideas to Think about & Discuss-

– What is freedom?
**I bet if you ask your children this question without other promptings, their own answers
will be pretty interesting and insightful!
**Here is the definition of freedom as found in the Oxford Dictionary:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freedom

– What is independence?
– https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/independence
(What is the difference between freedom & independence?)

– What picture comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘freedom’ ?
Do you think of the American flag or the Statue of Liberty?
Or do you think of being able to do whatever you want?
Do  you think about your own country, or maybe another country where there is not
freedom to worship God?
Do you think of someone coming out of prison?

How does it make you feel to think about being free?

* It might make a nice notebooking page to creatively portray what freedom means…
This is a broad topic and this type of slow reflection may help pull out some deeper thoughts.  🙂
Examples of art journals are easily found online…here is a blog post for some beginner ideas, especially for younger children.
– http://artfulparent.com/2012/01/guest-post-beginning-art-journaling-for-kids.html

– Why did the colonists want to come to America?
– What kinds of freedoms were important to the colonists?
– Were the colonists mindful of God’s ideas about freedom ?  How do we know?
(It might be a good time to read a bit of the Declaration of Independence  or other such historical documents important to the foundation of our government)
– http://government.mrdonn.org/freedomdocuments.html
( America’s Freedom Documents-  reading & activities)

*Activities-

http://www.creativeyouthideas.com/resources/creative-teaching-ideas/freedom-in-christ/
(Freedom in Christ object lesson)

http://www.nailscars.com/2011/07/03/2-freedom-object-lessons/
(Freedom object lesson)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB1nIyzCcDg
(I Am Free- Hillsong Kids….this is a super fun, get-moving kind of song!)

– http://www.sunday-school-center.com/independence-day.html
(A complete lesson on Independence…including some craft ideas!)

*Coloring Pages-
– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR001.PDF
This is my favorite resource for free online Bible coloring pages!
(Creation coloring page & activity sheets)

 

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*Week 2:  Slavery, the Opposite of Freedom

*Reading-

– God’s people were supposed to be free!  So what happened?
Read the story of the Israelites as slaves in Egypt & see what God did !
– The Book of Exodus  (particularly Chapters 1, 12 , and 14)

– Genesis  chapter 3 (with attention to verses 6 & 21 in particular)
Genesis  6: 5-6 ,  17-18
Genesis  9: 1-17
**There is a cyclical nature apparent in the Scriptures….
*Humans forget God’s purpose
*We turn away from God
*We become slaves to our sin
*God deals with us in different ways as we suffer the consequences of our sin,  always
bringing us back into His purpose…
‘So you will be my people,  and I will be your God.’”,
that we would  “Be fruitful and increase in number;  and fill the earth and subdue it”,
so 
that His Kingdom would be evident “on earth as it is in Heaven”.

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

– Exodus 6: 2-7            – 1 John 3:8                    – Romans 8:21             – Hebrews 2: 14-15
– 2 Timothy 2:26        – 1 Corinthians 6:12   – John 8:34


*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

–  This week in the core reading we are learning what it was like to live in colonial America, including what it was like to live during this time as a slave.
While there are some countries around the world that still struggle with slavery today, the United States has fought hard as a nation for the freedom of all of it’s citizens.
But spiritually, there are many people in our country that are still slaves;  abused by the cruelest slave master and bound by some pretty awful things.  Your children may ask, “So, if our country is really free, how can there still be slavery?”
As we read in last week’s lesson, our call to a life of  liberty was given from the foundations of the world;  the command to rule over all of creation as the people of God.     It is also from the beginning  that we can see what it is that has enslaved humanity.
Simply put, it is sin.
This is what we will talk about this week.

– What is slavery?
(You may want to review their definitions of freedom to draw attention to this antonym)
– What was it like to be a slave?
– What was it like to be a free child, perhaps born to a plantation owner?
**Think about being born into each of those families.
Compare what life would be like to be a child born into a slave family versus being born to a  wealthy plantation family.   It might be good to discuss that many slaves had been born free and then “sold” into slavery.

– What is sin ?
(Again listening to your child’s response will be very helpful in understanding how to teach this difficult topic)
– How can sin make us a “slave”, even though our country says every citizen is free?

-From this sad part of our history have come some beautiful songs written by the slaves, called spirituals.
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP5EfwBWgg0
(Go Down Moses!  No one is sure exactly when this song was first sung.
Here’s a bit of it’s history if you’d like to know more…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Down_Moses    )
Why do you think so many of these songs include references to Moses?

– Is it possible for a person to be a slave, yet be ‘free’ at the same time?
(Discussion of spiritual freedom….many of the slaves embraced the deep truth of spiritual freedom that only God has the power to give through Christ, and the sweet HOPE they would some day be free physically too!  This is what so many of the songs slaves sang were about.)

– Have you ever been a slave?
– Read John 8:34 together
(Your children will most likely say no, but Scripture shows us how we all are slaves to sin & death without Christ….see Scriptures in the reading section…   Another good continuance on the conversation of spiritual freedom.)

*Activities-

* It might make another good notebooking page to creatively portray what sin or slavery means…
This is a difficult topic and this type of slow reflection may help pull out some deeper thoughts.  🙂
Examples of art journals are easily found online…here is a blog post for some beginner ideas, especially for younger children.
– http://artfulparent.com/2012/01/guest-post-beginning-art-journaling-for-kids.html

* Songs-
–  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiO_Eteee1U
(You might enjoy the following song, Freedom-  Bethel Live,  to learn this week)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB1nIyzCcDg
(I Am Free– Hillsong Kids….this is a super fun, get-moving kind of song!)

–  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnKINpx3lXc      (object lesson on you tube)

Short Object Lesson:
Though your children will never know what it really feels like to have been a slave, you might like to try the activity below (perhaps before your discussion time)  to illustrate what it feels like to carry the heavy burden of sin that keeps us enslaved spiritually (and sometimes physically too!) and unable to live freely.
**Fill a backpack with as much canned foods (or weights) as you think your child could carry safely.  Have them put it on at the beginning of this lesson.  You may ask them to stand instead of sit … or to do a task such as going up & down the stairs to put some things away for you.

– http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl7s.htm
(short retelling of the story of Moses & the Exodus;  also  many printables)

– http://wordforlifesays.com/2013/11/13/beginning-of-freedom-sunday-school-lesson-exodus-1421-30-november-17-2013/  
(full lesson)

*Coloring & Activity Pages-

– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR004.PDF        (Adam & Eve are tempted……coloring page and printable questions, word puzzles, etc…)

– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR034.PDF
(Israelites in slavery…. coloring page and printable questions, word puzzles, etc…)

– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR038.PDF
(The First Passover…. coloring page and printable questions, word puzzles, etc…)

– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR039.PDF
(The Exodus…. coloring page and printable questions, word puzzles, etc…)

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*Week 3:  Free !!

*Reading-

– Exodus 12           (The first Passover )
– Luke 22:7-20      (The Last Supper)
http://children.cccm.com/NTTeacherGuidePDF/CURNT269.pdf
(Nice, complete lesson on the first Passover/the Last Supper and Christ’s fulfillment of many of the symbols of the first Passover)

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

-Romans 8: 1-4                     – John 8:36                  – John 10:10             – 1 Corinthians 6:12
– Isaiah 61:1                           – Romans 6: 6-7         – Romans 8: 14-15

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

– It is certainly important to study how our country was established and how we gained our independence.   This week we have read about many brave men and women who risked and even sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.   Just as in the previous two lessons, this is not anything new.   Just like God showed us His perfect plan for a life of freedom from the time He created the earth, and the trickiness of sin that makes us spiritual slaves;  God also shows us the way we can win “the battle” and be set free for ever, never to be a slave again.

– Just as the people we have studied this week died to gain freedom for their families and for their country,  Jesus Christ died so that all of humanity might be freed FOREVER !
That is pretty good news!
This week is to tie all that we’ve been learning about freedom and about slavery together.

– God always had a good plan for His people….freedom & abundant life!
What are some things that have happened that seemed to destroy His plan?
Who are some of the people in the Bible that we read about that were set free?
How did God set those people free?
How did God give the offer of  freedom to ALL people FOREVER ?
What do we have to do to be set free from slavery forever?

– Last week we read about the first Passover in the Book of Exodus.
I think that sharing a special Seder meal together would be a sweet and meaningful way to tie everything we’ve studied together in Christ.   Here is a lovely sample including a menu and very pretty photos on Ann Voskamp’s blog.
– http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/03/the-best-easter-dinner-with-a-free-printable-start-a-christian-tradition-messianic-seder/

*Activities-

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOyjD5Zw2ew
( This would be a good song  this week-  Break Every Chain- Jesus Culture)

– http://www.nailscars.com/2011/07/03/2-freedom-object-lessons/
(If you didn’t have time to use these object lessons to illustrate being bound (slavery), they will be great to illustrate being set free as well!)

– http://www.kidssundayschool.com/321/gradeschool/sin-gets-heavy.php
(Object Lesson idea to illustrate sin & freedom from it)

– http://www.futureflyingsaucers.com/the-fall-in-the-garden-genesis-3-object-lesson/
(A really nice site with TONS of original & creative ideas to share the good news)

* You might enjoy the following song, Freedom-  Bethel Live,  to learn this week-
–  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiO_Eteee1U

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB1nIyzCcDg
(I Am Free- Hillsong Kids….this is a super fun, get-moving kind of song!)

* Coloring/Activity Pages-

– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR229.PDF
(Luke 22: 7-20  coloring & activity sheets)

– 
https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR272.PDF  
(Romans 8: 1-12  coloring & activity sheets)

– https://calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR280.PDF
(2 Corinthians 5:14-21 coloring & activity sheets)

Frog in Pond

 

 

 


*Science Ideas:

*Just a reminder to check the Felicity Colonial America page for learning activities to go with each day’s lessons !

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*Week 1:   Medicine in Colonial Times

+Reading-

–  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 34-41

– http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/winter2006/health.html
(The Healthful Habits of Thomas Jefferson)

– http://www.historyisfun.org/pdfbooks/colonial_medicine.pdf
(Colonial medicine complete lesson with printables)

http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume2/may04/medicalmyths.cfm
(Reading from the Colonial Williamsburg site)

– http://maass.nyu.edu/resources/r1/lesson_plans/health.html
(A bit more reading and some ideas for activities)

+Discovering & Doing-

*  http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Spring04/quackery.cfm
After reading the above link about herbal treatments during the colonial period, go on a nature walk.
See if you can collect some vegetation that might be good for health (for example in the reading, the “herb lady” reasoned that plants with heart shaped leaves were good for healing the heart).
Collect maybe 4 or 5 items.  Take a photo of each one to print out, or sketch them to include in your unit notebook, or lapbook.
See if you can identify the plants your collection.
Do any of them actually have medicinal properties?
What do you think about herbal medicine in the colonial period?
Do you know of any herbal remedies we still use today?
This would be a good charting exercise to include.

* Perhaps plant a small herb garden?
Did you know that basil was used to calm anxiety, or that dill and mint were used to treat colic in babies ?

Research the health properties of such plants (easy to grow in your herb garden) such as garlic, mint, basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, etc…

 

+Coloring Pages-

– http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/basil/
(Basil)
– http://www.edupics.com/coloring-page-spearmint-i27346.html
(Mint)
– http://www.gallowglass.org/jadwiga/herbs/Sage.GIF
(Sage)
– http://www.gallowglass.org/jadwiga/herbs/Rosemary.GIF
(Rosemary)
– http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MFbpZZBG3A0/TvSmOWukNuI/AAAAAAAAGPw/vJ66fmq6zwY/s1600/herbs-coloring-pages-5.gif
(Dandelion)
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HgUu8x3eNaw/TvSmK319ljI/AAAAAAAAGPg/oUwJ8UWtgjM/s1600/herbs-coloring-pages-3.jpg
(Herb chart)

 

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*Week 2:   Colonial Foods Science

+Reading-

*Did you know that it was not uncommon for settlers (including small children)  to drink beer with their meals?  Pure and  safe drinking water was not always available.   It was because of this that  “small beer” or “ales” such as rootbeer, sasparilla,  and ginger ale were created during the colonial period in America as a non-alcoholic (or at least less alcoholic) alternative  particularly for women and children?   
!!PLEASE don’t be offended by this lesson.
There are LOTS of other fun cooking ideas you could use for this week’s lesson.  Cooking IS science after all!!!  I have some fun links to experiments with fermentation and yeast (with bread baking & butter churning as an activity) below….OR try another colonial recipe if this topic is uncomfortable for your family!  The bread baking experiment ties in wonderfully with the Bible study on Exodus this week too!   Also, please read through the suggested sites yourself before sharing the information with your children.  You may wish to leave out some of the text.   🙂 

– http://www.therootbeerstore.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=3
http://www.patriotcamp.org/sites/default/files/Root%20Beer%20011911%20DLS.pdf

+Discovering & Doing-

* Try making a batch of your own colonial non-alcoholic “ale” (root beer or ginger beer)
– http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/Cheese/ROOTBEER_Jn0.htm   

( This experiment is written by David B. Fankhauser, Ph.D.   Professor of Biology and Chemistry U.C. Clermont College)

 http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=21543
(geared towards a classroom, but with clear directions & tons of ideas to incorporate lots of scientific principles!  )

 http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Root-Beer
(another very simple how-to recipe)

* Here are some other science experiments to learn about leavening, fermentation, and yeast.  This study goes along very well with the Bible study suggestions for this week!  🙂

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oj450D3r9U    (The Magic School Bus!!)
– http://sciencewithme.com/what-is-yeast/         (What is yeast?)
– http://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/science-of-yeast-for-kids/
– http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/yeast.html
– http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/pdfs/2010activities/Magical_Microbes_2010_Yeast_Balloons.pdf

* Want a quick & yummy project?  Make your own butter!  
– http://www.jumpstart.com/common/make-your-butter

(Easy directions, quick results, brief scientific explanation)

* Here are some ideas for printables to record your experiments and findings!
– http://www.kidpointz.com/worksheets-for-kids/science/
http://www.hslaunch.com/mypage/file/1892  

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*Week 3:  Spies & Secret Codes

+Reading-

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/spiesandciphers.html
(Spies and Ciphers)

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/women.html
(Find the young women who were spies!)

+Discovering & Doing-

* Try writing a hidden message with invisible ink!

– http://www.netplaces.com/kids-magical-science-experiments/try-it-youll-like-it/invisible-inkquestion-how-can-you-use-food-to-send-a-hidden-message.htm     (experiment with a brief explanation & follow up activity)

– http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/invisibleink.html
(experiment with a brief explanation)

– http://www.espsciencetime.org/student_life.cfm?subpage=295235
(here is the same idea, using different ingredients…also with brief explanations)

*Some more:
– http://www.highlightskids.com/science-experiment/true-acid-test     (acids & bases)

* Here are some ideas for printables to record your experiments
– 
http://www.kidpointz.com/worksheets-for-kids/science/
– 
http://www.hslaunch.com/mypage/file/1892  


 I Want to See the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Geography ideas-

*Just a reminder to check the Felicity Colonial America page for learning activities to go with each day’s lessons !

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*Week 1:  The 13 Colonies

+Reading-

+ An Introduction
 http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/thirteen_colonies.php
– http://13colonies.mrdonn.org

+The reading this week contains lots of information already about the first colonies.
Here’s a link for some reading and a bit more detail about the Virginia colony.
– http://www.nps.gov/jame/historyculture/a-short-history-of-jamestown.htm
– http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/
(National Geographic animated history of Jamestown)

+You may want to talk more about the role of plantations in the history of colonial America & perhaps map the major cash crops in each of the first 13 colonies.

– http://historyisfun.org/pdf/tobacco-economy/TobaccoEconomyUnit1-12.pdf
(Here is a complete lesson plan on the tobacco economy in colonial Virginia)
– http://13colonies.pppst.com/mercantilism.html
(Mercantilism in colonial America)

+Mapping-

+Color the map of the colonies.  Talk about the distinction between the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies
http://www.nonags.org/members/dasaunders/activities/comcast/activities/unit2/colonies/thirteencolonies.gif

+Labeling…Here’s a few ideas, but use the reading this week to add to this list!
–  Virginia         – Williamsburg         – Jamestown         – Chesapeake Bay
– Add pictures to the map noting the major cash crops for each colony

– http://mrnussbaum.com/13-colonies-printables/
(Lots of printable maps, worksheets, etc…)

+Here is a printable map & an activity to show trade routes during the late 1600’s-1700’s.
This might also be of interest to map out for a fuller picture of what was happening.
– http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/books/applications/imaps/maps/g5s_u3/index.html

+Hands On-

+ Start a diorama.
You may like to create several, one for each week’s theme, or just add on each week to make one larger diorama.  I have included lots of links to coloring pages & paper dolls that would be good to use.

– http://jimmie.squidoo.com/shoebox-diorama     (Here’s an example)

+ Or create a paper mache or clay relief map of the 13 colonies, perhaps with special emphasis on the state of Virginia & the colony at Williamsburg.

+ Play some interactive games online!
– http://mrnussbaum.com/13colonies/13intscav/  
(interactive mapping quiz)

– http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-13-colonies-themed-notebooking-pages/ 
(Free 13 Colonies note booking pages)

The Number Two (2)

*Week 2:  Political Cartoons

+Reading-

– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/cartoons.html
(political cartoons)

– http://art.pppst.com/political-cartoons.html
(more information on political cartoons in general…also some thoughtful discussion questions on their validity in bettering our democracy )

 

+Mapping-

*Print out some of the important flags flown during the Revolutionary War in small scale (or draw them).
Either add them to the map you’ve been working with all week, or print a new map out to use with this activity.
– http://mrnussbaum.com/amrevolution/revflags/
 http://www.bucklinsociety.net/flags-colonial-american.htm

 

+Hands On-

–  http://mrnussbaum.com/revolutionary-war-flag-printout/
(Create your own flag…link to reading & printable activity)

* Add items studied this week to your diorama
(You could add paper dolls this week… make a colonial family (or several), or different people representing various occupations in the community).

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*Week 3:   Revolutionary War Battles

+Reading-

+ Use the reading from this week or read more details below:
 http://revolution.mrdonn.org/battlemaps.html

+Mapping-

– http://mrnussbaum.com/revolutionary-war-battle-geography/
(mapping activity of famous battles of the revolutionary war)

– http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/books/applications/imaps/maps/g5s_u4/
(Interactive map with questions)

– http://mrnussbaum.com/amflash2/
(interactive map of many of the battles)

+Hands On-

– http://mrnussbaum.com/revolutionary-war-timeline-activity/
(Decode a riddle using clues from events during the Revolutionary War- printable)

*Add to & finish up your diorama
(It might be fun this week to add some of the famous people we have studied this week to your diorama….or even a few soldiers, a drummer, a fife player, etc…)


The Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums. They came in peace.

*Misc. Crafts, Cooking, & Creative Ideas-

 

*Here are some specific activities for each week.   But please keep checking back with the Felicity Colonial America page on Pinterest for TONS of ideas pinned each week!

The number 1

*Week 1-

http://www.raisingourkids.com/coloring-pages/patriotic/american-history/index-02.html#_a5y_p=1313844
(This site has lots of  history coloring pages)

http://educationpossible.com/hands-history-american-revolution-activities/
(This is a very nice site with some great ideas for history activities)

* You might like to visit a plantation in your area that is open to the public
OR take a virtual field trip to one !
– http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm        (Plimoth)
– http://www.plimoth.org/learn/MRL/watch/virtual-tours                               (Plimoth)
– http://www.draytonhall.org/visit/games_activities/plantation_life_game.html
(Drayton Hall Plantation, South Carolina….virtual tour & interactive games)

 

The Number Two (2)

+Week 2-

* Maybe you’d like to try soap making ?
– http://www.alcasoft.com/soapfact/history.html

* How about a quick (and yummy) science lesson ?  Make your own butter!
http://www.jumpstart.com/common/make-your-butter

* All kinds of fun games, crafts, & activities from American Girl.  They seem to be intended for use at “events”.  Not sure what that means.  I would assume they would be fine to use for ideas as long as you are not selling them or printing & distributing the worksheets.
http://www.americangirlpublishing.com/media/HC%20event%20Kits/Felicity_Planner.pdf

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+Week 3-

* Revolutionary War printables from an amazing site, Just Us,  full of great resources!
– http://homeschoolfreestuff.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/american-revolution-lapbook1.pdf

*Remember these unit studies are designed so that your family can enjoy them for FREE anywhere there is internet access ! There are so many wonderful books that you could add to these studies, please by all means use as many as you have access to. 🙂
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And some FUN IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS TOO !!!

***Hope you have enjoyed the Felicity Unit Study !   Come back soon for Frontier America, the Josefina Unit Study !  ***

11 thoughts on “Felicity- Colonial America Unit Study

  1. I cannot find the Unit you have listed on ADDY. Can you send me the link. I love your other units I see and would like to see some of the ideas you have for Addy. Thanks!

    1. Hello Lisa~
      Thanks so much for visiting my site! I’m sorry to say that I haven’t posted the Addy Unit quite yet. It’s almost complete, but I have been preparing to take my last baby off to college and welcome my first grandbaby. Yikes! I should be posting it soon. Hope you’ll check back. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

  2. Dear Willow, thank you for sharing this wonderful Unit Study with us! I pulled my daughter out of public school after the Christmas holiday. With only a 1/2 year to plan for, I decided to focus on American History using the American Girl dolls. A welcomed way to learn after too many hours of worksheets and test prep in public school! We already did Kaya, but I look forward to using this study and the study on Josefina as well. God Bless you!

    1. Hi Alison~
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I hope you have a wonderful year with your daughter and enjoy the units! I’d love to hear any suggestions you have as you work through them. The Kirsten unit will be done & posted soon. Wishing you a great year of living, loving, and learning! 🙂

  3. We just started homeschooling two of my children. I have been having a hard time getting my 9 year old daughter really interested in what we are doing. I’m not very happy with the social studies and science courses that we picked and I was looking for something that would make learning a bit more fun for her. I think you have just made our year!!!! Her AG doll is Elizabeth so this unit is absolutely perfect. Thank you so much!!!!

    1. Hi Jaime~
      I am so glad you found this unit helpful!
      When my daughter was younger, she absolutely loved anything American Girl doll, but didn’t think she liked history so much.
      We just read the books and looked up projects to do for the dolls, and it turned out to be a really fun year for BOTH of us !
      I am re-writing all of the units because of how many wonderful new resources there are to be found online, but I should have them all completed & posted soon!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write. It’s good to know that someone will be using these ideas!
      I’d love to hear from anytime! Wishing you a WONDERFUL year!!

  4. Oh My Gosh! This is absolutely wonderful work! Thank-you so much for publishing this. Please do not stop. We are planning on using the American Girl Historical Girls for our History this year.

    1. Hi Stacey!
      I will be posting the Josefina unit soon…and the others not far behind.
      So glad you found me! I’m still trying to figure out the blog world. I really appreciate your encouraging words! Wishing you a great school year !

  5. This is the best blog in the city….perhaps the world! I love it! It’s the best! It’s fantastic! I could read it every single day for the rest of my life! It’s good….it’s real good!

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