American Girl
Josefina Unit Study

American Girl Josefina Unit Study

America’s Southwest  Frontier
1824

 

* Core Reading-

*Week 1: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824
Introduction to Josefina and America’s Southwest Frontier

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 1                                   (Meet Josefina)

2.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 2-5                              (Josefina’s World )

3.   “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 8-9; 32-33               (The Village)

4. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 10-11; 28-29            (Daily Life)

5.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 16-21                          ( Family)

Week 2: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824″
A Day With Josefina

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 22-25                         ( Fashion & Beauty )

2.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 26-27                         (Medicine & Health )

3.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 13 (inset)                 (Art & Music )

4.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 12-15                         (Faith)

5. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 34-35                          (Food & Fiestas! )

Week 3: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”
Life on the Trail

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 36-39                            (Friends & Neighbors)

2. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 40-45                             (El Camino Real)

3.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 48-49; 54-55              (The Santa Fe Trail )

4.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 50-53                              (Life on the Trail )

5. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 56-58                               (Becoming “American”)

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*Additional Reading & Videos for study-

Josefina’s World is the spine for this unit.  No other books are required.  However, you can find a list of great “extras” for this unit study HERE and HERE  (literature, paper doll books, cook books, activity books, science books, etc…).    You can also find TONS of FREE activities that I have pinned on my Josefina:Southwestern Frontier board and also Josefina’s Christmas board for holiday ideas with this theme.   Hope you enjoy this unit!

The number 1

 

 

*Week 1:

* American Girl Josefina Series,  Book 1, “Meet  Josefina
(There are 6 books in this 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.)

+Day 1:   
* Meet Josefina

* American Girl You Tube video introducing Josefina & her family
– 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CdSsujNjk

* American Girl introductions to Josefina including games & activities
 http://www.americangirl.com/play/historical-character/josefina/#page=home
 http://www.americangirl.com/play/historical-character/josefina/index.php?page=home&popup=meet#page=home&popup=meet
 http://www.americangirl.com/play/historical-character/josefina/#page=home&popup=familyfriends

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://www.colorpagesformom.com/coloringpages/southwest/southwest5.shtml

+Day 2:
*Josefina’s World

* A brief introduction to the Spanish settlement of New Mexico
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/amsw/intro.htm

* Coronado & his quest for the city of gold
– http://mrnussbaum.com/explorers/coronado/ 
http://www.biography.com/people/francisco-vázquez-de-coronado-9258086#synopsis&
(Short video about Coronado…. about 4 minutes)

* Reading and questions about the Spanish settlement of New Mexico
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96facts1.htm

* This is a printable booklet from El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum which is located very near the setting of Josefina’s world
– http://golondrinas.org/images/category/77-Guide%25202.pdf

* Some more reading on early New Mexico history from the National Parks Service
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96setting.htm

* Links to some nice photos of historical sites in New Mexico
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/amsw/sitelist.htm

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!

* This is the same link listed above…just a reminder that the booklet could be printed & the pages colored or used for projects!   (Just hover over the link for descriptions)
– http://golondrinas.org/images/category/77-Guide%25202.pdf
– http://coloring.thecolor.com/color/images/Francisco-Vasquez-de-Coronado.gif

+Day 3:
* The Village

*Interactive game all about Josefina’s village
– http://web.archive.org/web/20040410021933/http:/www.americangirl.com/agcn/josefina/world/index.html

* Photo of traditional home with questions for further study
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96visual1.htm

* Brief overview of traditional building materials used in New Mexico
– http://architecture-t2.nm-unlimited.net/about_adobe.html
– http://architecture-sf2.nm-unlimited.net/

*Photos of historic New Mexican ranchos…. also be sure to click  “activities” on the left for some fun hands on projects
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96visual1.htm

* Scroll through this lesson plan on New Mexico to find printable patterns to make your own village
 http://www.splashpublications.com/files/nmlessonplans.pdf 

* A brief history and some nice historical & modern photos of Taos Pueblo
– http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/American_Latino_Heritage/Taos_Pueblo.html

* Brief into to colonial New Mexico architecture through art.  Be sure to scroll down to the pictures at the bottom of the page.  ” Click onto any image and you will be directed to its Art and Activities Page where you will see a full image of the artwork and a short biography of the artist”.
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/art-architecture/spanish-colonial-architecture.html

* Old photos of towns in New Mexico
– http://www.treasurenet.com/images/americanwest/WEST151.JPG
(Santa Fe, circa 1866)

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://www.supercoloring.com/wp-content/main/2009_11/house-in-the-village-coloring-page.jpg      (adobe house )
– http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/shop/adobe-idea-sheet/
– http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Taos_pueblo_habs_1973_02.png

* It might be fun to make a diorama of a typical village.  Here are a few examples to spark your creativity !
– http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-world-explorers-pueblo-diorama.html 
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7bRjIVnTryWZm9YTW1yMU9iaFE/edit?pli=1
(many printable buildings)
– http://mylearningboys.blogspot.com/2012/09/native-americans-day-5-southwest-pueblo.html     (scroll down to see how they made their diorama)

+Day 4:
* Daily Life

* A short video by the National Parks Service about the daily life of a Spanish Colonial child in the 1800’s
– http://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=275EF863-155D-451F-67634530B20D9EC6

* A National Parks Service lesson on the colonial/Mexican period of New Mexico through the historical Casa San Ysidro site.   Scroll down a bit & you will find a nice overview of daily life, including some pictures and activities.
http://www.nps.gov/elca/forteachers/upload/Teacher-Resource-Guide_Casa-San-Ysidro_sm.pdf 

* Reading and questions about daily life during Spanish settlement of New Mexico by the NPS
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96facts2.htm

* Daily life in colonial New Mexico.   Scroll down to around page 70 (no worries, this document starts on page 57  🙂  )
– http://unmpress.com/UserFiles/book_images/NewMexicoCh3.pdf

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
 http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Holidays/Cinco/cincoclips/mexkidsbw.gif
– http://www.kookerkids.com/Coloring/spanish_mexico/images/Mexico-City-0051.gif  
(girls making tortillas)
– http://freecoloringpagesite.com/coloring-pics/mexican-coloring-page-2.gif
(woman gathering flowers)
– http://qisforquilter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Mexico-2.jpg
(boy making a toy)
 http://qisforquilter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Mexico-7.jpg
(girl with her chickens)

+Day 5:
*Family

http://www.santafetravelers.com/santa-fe-blogs/living-new-mexico-history-el-rancho-de-las-golondrinas/
(brief history of one family with some lovely pictures)

– http://www.desertusa.com/mag04/aug/p_woman.html
(Life story of Minnie Fargier)  

– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-maxwelltale.html
(Story of the Maxwell family)

* Special days for families

* Quincenaeras
 http://holidays.mrdonn.org/quinceaneras.html

* Photos of  weddings in 1800’s New Mexico
– http://dev.newmexicohistory.org/uploads/23317/Wedding.jpg
 http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/pubs/quipu/arc_marriage.jpg
– http://www.ehow.com/facts_5529586_history-mexican-weddings.html
(Some wedding traditions)

* Photo of First Communion
– http://torresfamilyhistorynm.blogspot.com/2010_08_18_archive.html

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
(Hover over link to see a description of the coloring page)

http://www.kidsplaycolor.com/mexican-boy-in-traditional-outfit-at-mexican-fiesta-coloring-page/mexican-boy-in-traditional-outfit-at-mexican-fiesta-coloring-page-2/
– http://www.kidsplaycolor.com/mexican-folk-dancing-girl-in-mexican-fiesta-coloring-page/
– http://almaflorada.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/three-golden-oranges-coloring-book/thethreegoldenorangescoloringbook2.jpg
– http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/9f/a6/69/9fa6695519455b05385fcc2439dd10d2.jpg

The Number Two (2)

 

 

 

*Week 2:

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

+Day 1:
* Fashion & Beauty

* Here is a lovely online exhibition “Fashioning New Mexico” , from the New Mexico History Museum.  Be sure to click on the links above  the main page photo… almost as good as going to the museum!
http://online.nmhistorymuseum.org/fashioning 
– http://www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/moments-in-time/fashioning-new-mexico-victorian-secrets/

* Nice introduction to the clothing styles of 1800’s New Mexico…scroll down to page 23 to begin
– http://www.nps.gov/beol/forteachers/upload/activguide-final2.pdf

* Sketches of fashions in 1800’s southwest
– http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jgQRD_jz9Do/Ubp8C0GGL_I/AAAAAAAAAj8/6Mi_S8nA6wA/s1600/12-44d01ac944.jpg

* Photo of family dressed for church…
– http://www.treasurenet.com/images/americanwest/WEST189.JPG
(Children in their Sunday clothes pose in front of adobe church, Alamo National Forest, N. Mex. Terr. [now Lincoln National Forest]. By A. M. Neal, May 13, 1908)

– http://www.bisd.us/pace/html/Pace%20Period%20Files/2013-2014Files/4th_6_Weeks/Week24/Week%2024-12th%20grade-Traditions%20of%20Mexico.pdf
(Traditional clothing of Mexico…though not of New Mexico, these pictures and the information gives us a good idea of the origins of the clothing in the southwest)

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
(Hover over link to see a description)

* Boy & girl paper dolls
– http://www.yoand.biz/mexico-coloring-pages-kids-pictures-imagixs/
– http://qisforquilter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Mexico-6.jpg
– http://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_frecklesb&w.htm    (paper dolls)
– http://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_pick_hair.htm      (hair choices  🙂  )
– http://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_fiesta_black&white.htm     (clothes)

+Day 2:
*Medicine & Health

* Some introductions to medicine practiced on the American frontier
– http://www.boiseartsandhistory.org/blog/2013/08/26/frontier-medicine/
– http://www.beavertonresourceguide.com/patent-medicines-sure-cures-and-snake-oils/

* A history of medicine practiced during frontier America’s history, including folk cures and other interesting practices.   Be sure to click on the alphabet letters to see various “diseases” and what was used during this period to treat them.   Some of the cures are quite interesting!
– http://pioneerswest.com/medicinalremedies.html

* An interesting article (intermediate level) about the “lungers” and other people who sought the arid climate of New Mexico for health
– http://www.elpalacio.org/placeseries/winter08lungers.pdf

* A story about a frontier doctor & medicine in general during this period
– http://www.fredrickboling.com/frontier%20medicine.html
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-drsusy.html

* Here is the apothecary of pioneer doctor Henry Hughes.  It might be interesting to read through the common remedies listed to see if any are still used today.
– http://www.mendonutah.net/history/pioneer_medicine.htm

* Several posts written by Erika Janik on the practice of 19th century medicine.
– http://erikajanik.com/2014/07/28/the-seaside-at-home-a-rocking-victorian-bath/
(Humorous cure for sure!  🙂  )
– http://erikajanik.com/2013/01/08/snake-oil/
(Snake oil as a curative-  eeks!)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!

– http://www.boiseartsandhistory.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/John-Ridenbaugh-Druggist-Apothecary-IDS-6-21-1889-p4.jpg
 http://www.beavertonresourceguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Published-in-Chico-Weekly-Record-1897-8×6.jpg  

+Day 3:
* Art & Music

* ART

* History of art in New Mexico.  Might be a bit complicated for younger children, but lots of good info.
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/art-architecture/history-art-and-architecture.html

* A page full of many colorful, lovely pieces of art.   Click on the photo and it will take you to a brief description of the piece an an activity to do!
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/art-activities.html

* Southwestern American Indians, baskets
http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/baskets.html

* A complete lesson on the pottery of the southwest
– http://www.pardeehome.org/SWPottery_module.pdf

* Spanish Colonial Art
– http://www.colonialarts.com/

* A large collection of art in various mediums representative of the people, events, and geography of New Mexico… includes questions for discussion and/or activities, from the New Mexico Museum of Art.
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/art-activities.html

* You might like to do a lesson on Georgia O’Keeffe.  She adored the beautiful landscapes of New Mexico (among other places especially in the Southwestern US).
– http://www.gardenofpraise.com/art16.htm
(Be sure to scroll down to the bottom page of this link for LOTS of cool activities & printables on O’Keeffe)
– http://jimmiescollage.com/2012/02/georgia-okeeffe-artist-study/
(Very nice homeschooling blog with lots of ideas & nice photos!)

* A complete lesson plan on Mexican Folk Art.   Even though this isn’t specific to New Mexico, and is intended to go along with a museum visit, there are many pages of information and  lots and lots of great activities,
– http://www.brooklynkids.org/attachments/MexicanFolkArt_HiRes.pdf

* A few more articles on 19th century art in New Mexico
– http://fineartsofthesouthwest.com/HISTORIC_NEW_MEXICAN_BULTOS,_RETABLOS,_TINWORK,_FOLK_ART_%26_OTHER_ART.html

+ MUSIC

– http://www.corridos.org/    
(Interactive introduction to the music of the southwest)
– http://www.musicadelpueblo.org/
(Interactive ‘Music of the Village’ from the Smithsonian)

– http://spotlightonmusic.macmillanmh.com/n/teachers/articles/folk-and-traditional-styles/american-cowboy-songs
– http://lonehand.com/cowboysongs/cowboy_songs.htm
(Cowboy music of the American West)

– http://www.folkways.si.edu/flash/mariachi.html
 http://www.folkways.si.edu/explore_folkways/mariachi.aspx
(Smithsonian Interactives of the Mariachi)

– http://spotlightonmusic.macmillanmh.com/n/teachers/articles/folk-and-traditional-styles/mexican-folk-music
(History of Mexican Folk Music)
– http://music.lovetoknow.com/music/traditional-mexican-music
(History of traditional Mexican music)
– http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/rghtml/raeltitleindex.html
(Here are many songs to listen to from an extensive study and collection of music of the southwest during the 1800’s)

– http://www.folkways.si.edu/music-of-the-american-indians-of-the-southwest/american-indian/album/smithsonian
(Music of the Indians of the Southwest…this site from the Smithsonian includes music for sale, however, it allows you to listen to short clips of many songs for free)
– http://drumhop.com/music.php?page=55
(Music of the Indians of the Southwest)

*Lesson plans from the Smithsonian on the history of music in the Southwest
– http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/docs/lesson_plans/FLP10016_mexico_son_jarocho.pdf
http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/docs/lesson_plans/FLP10010_mexico_mariachi_band.pdf       (mariachi)
http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/docs/lesson_plans/FLP10013_mexico_mariachi_general.pdf         (mariachi)
– http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/docs/lesson_plans/FLP10055_son_jarocho_fandango.pdf        (fandango)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
(Hover over link to see a description)

* Music
– http://www.clipartandcrafts.com/coloring/holidays/pictures/maracas.gif    (maracas)
– http://www.latradicionmusic.com/resources/meet-the-mariachi-instruments.htm
– http://spanglishbaby.com/finds/celebrating-hispanic-heritage-month-instrument-of-the-day-laud-printable/      (laud)
– http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/color-cinco-de-mayo-musical/
– http://spanglishbaby.com/finds/celebrating-hispanic-heritage-month-instrument-of-the-day-charango-printable/       (charango)

* Art
– georgia o’keeffe kids coloring pages
(Georgia O’Keeffe coloring pages)
– http://museum2.utep.edu/collections/images/acomapotcolor.gif
– http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/286088/images/286088-015.jpg
– http://museum2.utep.edu/collections/acomapotcolor.htm
(pottery)
– http://ep.yimg.com/ay/pomegranate/folk-art-gabriella-denton-coloring-book-5.jpg  
(folk art)
– http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/20/d4/43/20d44353446dd611ef5b325226340b6a.jpg
(Santa Fe Indian graphic)
– http://www.colorpagesformom.com/coloringpages/southwest/landscape2.gif
– http://www.colorpagesformom.com/coloringpages/southwest/


+Day 4:

* Faith

* History of missions (for kids) in colonial New Mexico  (scroll to page 73 through about page 75)
– http://unmpress.com/UserFiles/book_images/NewMexicoCh3.pdf
– http://www.shmoop.com/spanish-colonization/religion.html

* Understanding the faith of colonial New Mexico
– http://www.newmexicoexplorer.com/spanish-retablos/ 

* PBS Colores series on the churches of New Mexico…lots of beautiful video & historical photos of the missions and religious art of this area
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-aNrMCbzxc

* Excerpts of an account of the attempted religious conversion of the peoples of New Mexico, written in 1630, by Alanso de Benevides.   It’s rather long, but it would be easy to choose some of the main points.
– http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/amerbegin/settlement/text5/BenavidesFranciscanReport.pdf

* Some New Mexican missions… their history, traditions, and importance in the community
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/American_Latino_Heritage/El_Santuario_de_Chimayo.html

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vE2kWiqeAfs/T5yfcVd6jtI/AAAAAAAAAhE/qh5vHjtcsnc/s1600/san_felipe-de+jesus-bn.JPG
(Catholic saint)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/19th_century/19th_century-pics/1775-CA_missions-1.gif
(This is a spanish mission in California, but it might be fun to color & include as typical architecture of missions during this time period)
 http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/44600/44698/44698_alamo_md.gif
(This is a coloring page of the Alamo, but it might be fun to color & include as typical architecture of missions during this time period)

+Day 5:
* Food & Fiestas!

* Fun interactive game Josefina’s Fiesta! on the AG site
– 
http://www.americangirl.com/play/historical-character/josefina/index.php?page=games&popup=JosefinaFiesta#page=games&popup=JosefinaFiesta

* Some traditional fiestas
– http://fiesta-sf.nm-unlimited.net/
(Fiesta of Santa Fe)
 http://taos.org/art/festivals-events?/item/256/Fiestas-de-Taos
(Fiestas de Taos)

 http://nbclatino.com/2013/01/04/celebrating-dia-de-los-reyes-magos-with-your-kids/
(Dia de los Reyes Magos)
– http://parade.condenast.com/248853/yvettemarquez/what-is-dia-de-los-reyes-three-kings-day-and-how-do-you-celebrate-it/
(Dia de los Reyes Magos)
– http://www.elmonterey.com/extras/festivals-and-celebrations/
(Brief introduction to some traditional celebrations)

* There is a lovely post full of pictures & recipes & activities for a lovely spanish themed birthday party at Shower of Roses-
– 
http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2013/04/feliz-cumpleanos-chiquita-josefina.html

*Decorations, games, recipes, and other activities to have a FUN FIESTA!!
– http://www.kidactivities.net/post/Cinco-de-Mayo-for-Kids.aspx
– http://pastiche.squidoo.com/fiesta-crafts-kids
– http://www.punchbowl.com/p/cinco-de-mayo-traditions
– http://www.punchbowl.com/p/cinco-de-mayo-activities-for-your-party
– http://www.pinterest.com/pin/543950461215224602/   (paper cutting)
– http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Biscochitos-Traditional-Cookies/      (biscochitos)

* A lovely list of commonly used ingredients and traditional pastries of New Mexico from Cake Spy.   The post is from Monday, June 9, 2014, just in case you have trouble finding it.
– http://www.cakespy.com/blog/?currentPage=5

* Some traditional recipes of New Mexico
– http://www.vivanewmexico.com/food.recipes.cocinas.html
– http://www.newmexicoexplorer.com/new-mexican-recipes/
– http://spanglishbaby.com/food/traditional-rosca-de-reyes-3-kings-cake-recipe/
– http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chicken-tamales
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-to-really-eat-on-cinco-de-mayo-50767054/?no-ist 

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
(Just hover over link to see what the pictures are)

http://www.kidsplaycolor.com/mariachi-singing-a-song-at-mexican-fiesta-coloring-page/
http://freecoloringpagesite.com/coloring-pics/mexican-coloring-1.jpg
– http://qisforquilter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Mexico-5.jpg
– http://www.redmebol.com/coloring-pages-3-wise-men/coloring-pages-3-wise-men/
– http://openwheel.org/three-kings-coloring-pages

 

the number 3

*Week 3:

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

+Day 1:
* Friends & Neighbors

*Map & links to Josefina’s “friends & neighbors”
– http://www.native-languages.org/nmexico.htm

* Brief introductions to the Pueblo Indians
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-pueblos.html
(Pueblos of the Southwest-  lots of good links here too)
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-zuni.html
– http://www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/introduction.asp
– http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images/pueblo-indians/images/pueblo-indians-6.jpg   (Pueblo Indians making drums)
– http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e1/G-50_Pueblo_Indian_woman_at_her_adobe_bake-oven.jpg    
(Pueblo Indian Woman baking in adobe oven)
– http://www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/post_migration.asp
– http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/southwest/pueblo.html
– http://www.bigorrin.org/pueblo_kids.htm

* Brief introduction to the Comanche Indians
 http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-commanche.html

* Brief introduction to the Apache Indians
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-apache.html  

* The Wild West , and some of it’s characters…as it happened in the Southwest  🙂
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-westwardexpansion.html
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/oldwest.html
(Westward Expansion)
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-lincoln.html      (Lincoln, still the wild west)
– http://bakerandhill.com/work/billy/?calling_page=bh    (Billy the Kid)
– http://www.historynet.com/billy-the-kid     (Billy the Kid)
– http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/page/c/carson.shtml     (Kit Carson)
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-kitcarsonfriend.html      (Kit Carson)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!

– http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ysD5iuil6gk/U3EnGJ9dXrI/AAAAAAAA-3c/athknfyxh1w/s1600/040-western-horse-picture.gif        (Cowgirl)
– http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/kcc/images/fig8-35.jpg
(Comanche Indians)
– http://www.discoverseaz.com/Graphics/History/Apache_warriors.jpg
(Apache Warriors)
– http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images/pueblo-indians/images/pueblo-indians-6.jpg
– http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VlGZgrXW4xI/T1pTv9ws3_I/AAAAAAAAA88/1FX6MB-G3HI/s320/Color+CO+Pg+37jpg.jpg
(Pueblo Indians)

– http://cjrleducation.blogspot.com/2013/02/educational-freebie-free-wild-west.html
(Wild West free printables)
– http://images.hellokids.com/_uploads/_tiny_galerie/20111147/48-billy-the-kid-q8e_9yw.jpg
(Billy the Kid)
– http://www.raisingourkids.com/coloring-pages/patriotic/american-history/free/047-kit-carson.gif
(Kit Carson)

+Day 2:
* El Camino Real

* National Parks Service site
– http://www.nps.gov/elca/historyculture/index.htm

* Moments In TIme Video & Lesson Plan on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
– http://www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/moments-in-time/the-last-hurdle-el-camino-real-de-tierra-adentro/
http://www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/moments-in-time/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/LastHurdle_lesson.pdf
– http://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=000F70FC-155D-451F-67BF50A516AB758B

* A complete lesson plan on “El Camino Real”
 http://www.vanofenchantment.org/documents/trails-tales-curriculum.pdf

* A play presented by some students of Socorro…a bit hard to hear, but very nice.
– http://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=FF0E0070-155D-451F-673C0937378D12C5

* Art & old photos specific of the Camino Real from the New Mexico Museum of Art
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/opening-the-west/el-camino-real-de-tierra-adentro.html

* Photos of past & present day trail & short tutorial
– http://www.caminorealheritage.org/gallery/g4/g4.htm

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!

*National Parks Service lesson plans for El Camino Real & The Santa Fe Trail…including printables
 http://www.nps.gov/beol/forteachers/upload/activguide-final2.pdf


+Day 3:

* The Santa Fe Trail

* Nice map of the Santa Fe Trail
– http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/graphics/santafetrailmaplarge.jpg

* Fun interactive Josefina game about the Santa Fe Market, on AG site
– http://www.americangirl.com/play/historical-character/josefina/index.php?page=games&popup=MarketAdventure#page=games&popup=MarketAdventure

* National Parks Service comprehensive lesson plans for El Camino Real & The Santa Fe Trail…including printables (worksheets, coloring pages, maps, etc.)
 http://www.nps.gov/beol/forteachers/upload/activguide-final2.pdf

* History of the Santa Fe Trail and lots of links
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-santafetrail.html 
– http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/American_Latino_Heritage/Santa_Fe_National_Historic_Trail.html

*Interactive map of the Santa Fe Trail
– http://www.santafetrail.org/interactive-trail-map/

* Art & old photos specific of the Santa Fe Trail from the New Mexico Museum of Art
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/opening-the-west/santa-fe-trail.html

* More sites to check out
– https://archive.org/details/santfetrailandot00wilsrich   (Full Book to view online)
– http://www.santafetrailks.com/
– http://www.vanofenchantment.org/documents/riding-rails-curriculum.pdf
(Full lesson on the trail….and the rail)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!

– http://friendsofarrowrock.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Becknell-Coloring-Page.pdf  
 http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/graphics/santafetrailmaplarge.jpg
– http://www.kansascyclist.com/guides/routes/SantaFeTrailHistoricMap.jpg

+Day 4:
*Life on the Trail

* Interactive game
– http://www.vanofenchantment.org/trailsflash/trailsinteractive.html  

*Pioneer life on the trail  (lots of links for reading, activities & games)
– http://www.wartgames.com/themes/american/wagontrains.html
– http://www.wartgames.com/themes/american/oregontrail.html
(includes Santa Fe Trail)

* Life on the Trail…scroll down to pg. 30 to begin…
– http://nrhc.ttu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CCD-Curriculum-Book.pdf

* Pioneer Life  (lots of links for reading, activities & games)
http://www.wartgames.com/themes/american/pioneers.html

* Videos of The Santa Fe Trail
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-qfbzOHziY       (Bent’s Fort- around 3 minutes)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JKMdjPC8Q8
(PBS Colores series- The Santa Fe Trail-   56 mins.   A bit long, but there are some really nice historic photos and it is well done. )

* Stories from the Santa Fe Trail
– http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-santafetrailcomanche.html

* Brief intro to the Santa Fe Trail through art.  Be sure to scroll down to the pictures at the bottom of the page.  ” Click onto any image and you will be directed to its Art and Activities Page where you will see a full image of the artwork and a short biography of the artist”.
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/opening-the-west/santa-fe-trail.html

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
(Hover over the link for a description)

* Covered wagons  to color and label and other trail life pics
– http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-g3KENAl7EHE/T6dXuqW4JAI/AAAAAAAABM4/3_zO0kbTG4k/s1600/VeldaBrotherton_wagon.jpg
– http://www.lonehand.com/chuckw6.gif  
– http://www.lightbulbbooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Cowboy-trail-clean.jpg
– http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/57/11/2f/57112feb46b83eee5838f606af676cd3.jpg
– http://www.questgarden.com/30/33/3/060713160301/images/covered_wagon.jpg

+Day 5:
*Becoming American

* Journey from colony to statehood…reading and some very nice artwork !
– http://www.canyonroadarts.com/new-mexicos-journey-from-colony-to-statehood/

* Brief intro to New Mexico statehood
– http://www.nmgs.org/artcuar7.htm

* New Mexico becomes a state
– http://www.nmgs.org/artcuar5.htm
http://www.nmgs.org/artcuar6.htm 
http://www.nmgs.org/artcuar7.htm

* Life on the trail….on the rail
– http://vanofenchantment.org/railsmap/railmap.html     (Interactive)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
– http://www.crayola.com/~/media/Crayola/Coloring%20Page/coloring_pages/371.gif?mh=762&mw=645
– http://www.usa-printables.com/50_States/NM/nm-pics/new_mexico-flag-01.gif
– http://www.gallopade.com/client/Products/ProdimageLg/64367.jpg
– http://www.usa-printables.com/50_States/NM/nm-pics/new_mexico-001-h.gif

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/Josefina_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-josefina.html

* You can find interactive quizzes for many American Girl Doll books, including the Josefina books, here:
http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_by_series/american_girl_books.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…

* 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 
www.homeschoolshare.com/American_Girl_Lapbook.php
(free lapbook templates)
– http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-american-girl-lapbook-templates/
(free templates for folders)

* 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 many of the spanish words that you will find in the reading, songs, etc that we have been studying.   If you already speak Spanish, maybe you could focus on common modern English words with origins from this period.

*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.  fandango, mesas, rebozos, etc…)

*Vocabulary Lists:

*Week 1:

1.   tia                      2. revolt                       3. adobe                   4. fortress                     5. frontier

6. orchards          7. altar                         8.  drought              9. baptize                    10. propose

*Week 2:
1. finery                 2. sarape                    3. fandango            4. yucca                       5. inoculation

6. expedition     7. saint                        8. rely                         9. minerals              10. raw materials

*Week 3:
1. pueblos           2. captive                 3.  caravan                4. bandits                   5. plaza

6. trailhead        7. plains                     8.  traders                9. pelts                       10. destiny


*Copy Work/Narration ideas-      

*Week 1:
* Page 6 of “Welcome to Josefina’s World” is a lovely description of the “Land of Enchantment” and would be a nice page and addition to your notebook if you are making one for this unit.

* This week’s Scripture verses-
– Psalm 71:5     – Psalm 78     – Psalm 106      – Psalm 107     – Psalm 136     – Ecclesiastes 12:1

* It might be fun to try copying one of the Bible verses in Spanish !   Bible Gateway has the Bible in Spanish (in several translations).  You can easily print the verses out & use them for each day’s copy work.

* You also might like to copy a song you are learning in Spanish.   How about “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy” ?
http://www.himnescristians.com/196.html

*Week 2:

* This week’s Scripture verses-
– Exodus 5:1               – Exodus 12     –  Leviticus 23     – Matthew 26:17-27     – Acts 2:46
–  Matthew 18:20     – Psalm 147     – Psalm 34:3

* It might be fun to try copying one of the Bible verses in Spanish !   Bible Gateway has the Bible in Spanish (in several translations).  You can easily print the verses out & use them for each day’s copy work.

* You could try copying an old western cowboy song from the 1800’s .
Caution:  Some of these songs are a little rough.
– http://lonehand.com/cowboysongs/cowboy_songs.htm

* If you chose to study Georgia O’Keeffe this week, you might like to copy some of her insights into the natural beauty found in nature, and specifically that of New Mexico.
 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/georgia_okeeffe.html

*Week 3:

* This week’s Scripture verses-

– Genesis 2:9             – Psalm 104: 14-16      – Job 12:7-10        – Psalm 19:1-4        – Romans 1:20

– Psalm 148: 7-10     –   Psalm 33: 6-9           – Acts 14: 15          – Psalm 23: 2-3       – Psalm 147: 7-9

* It might be fun to try copying one of the Bible verses in Spanish !   Bible Gateway has the Bible in Spanish (in several translations).  You can easily print the verses out & use them for each day’s copy work.

* You might like to copy the poem “The Santa Fe Trail” , or an excerpt of it… or another poem from this collection found on subsequent pages
– https://archive.org/details/santfetrailandot00wilsrich  (pg. 12-15)

* We learned about worshiping God through His creation in this week’s Bible study.  You might like to copy some of the words to some hymns that were part of that lesson.

How Great Thou Art
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great Thou art!
How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

**OR…

* 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!

*Grammar ideas-

* Here’s a website of very short daily grammar reviews
– http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html
 http://hildegardcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Heroes-of-the-Childrens-Blizzard-of-1888-February2012.pdf    
(This is a whole lesson on the Blizzard of 1888 that goes along with the Wild Weather Science Lesson for week 1…it would be great to use for English lessons this week!)

* 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.

*The story of Pecos Bill and the grammar exercises included in this lesson would make a FUN activity for week 1 !
– http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756905

*Writing-

*Try coming up with your own traveling “snake oil” show.   Invent some of your own “cures” for common ailments.  Create a brouchure, then call the people around for the traveling medicine show!
This idea would work well with week 2  study.

* This idea would work well with week 3  study:    After reading the poem “The Santa Fe Trail”, try writing your own poem about some aspect of this week’s study.
– https://archive.org/details/santfetrailandot00wilsrich  (pg. 12-13)
OR
Try writing your own cowboy campfire song to calm the cows & keep the coyotes at bay!  (Goes well with week 2 )

* Research a missionary that lived among the people of the 1800’s Southwest, and write entries in a journal describing your travels into Indian territory to “convert” the natives. Tell of your hardships, experiences with the natives, founding and living in a mission, and other important facts about your life as a missionary.  Explore and write about what you are feeling…what you are thinking…what you are seeing…etc… Paint a picture in words !  This would work well with week 2 study.

* Here are a few ideas from More2Explore which would work well with week 3 study:
– Write A Santa Fe Trail Journal.
Pretend that you are part of a wagon train headed for Santa Fe with a load of goods. Create a journal of your imagined experiences for at least two weeks of the journey. Use the website information to make your entries as historically accurate as possible. You can also include sketches.

-What Is The Best Way To Retrace The Santa Fe Trail?

Map out your pathway. Plan your rest stops, select your mode of transportation, and calculate what supplies you will need. Estimate how much time your journey will take and itemize your extimated costs. Decide between the northern Mountain Fork or the Cimarron Cutoff. Your goal should be to make the most economical trip possible and still arrive safely, comfortably, and rested.

– Also, you may make up some broad prompts from any topic from our studies so far…

 

Heart Bible 

*Bible Ideas:

The number 1

*Week 1:  Worship-  Remembering God

*Reading-

Josefina’s life was filled with daily reminders of her faith.  Faith in, and the worship of God were very important in her culture.   Most often, at the center of small southwestern villages (la plaza) such as Josefina’s, was the community church.  The people of the town gathered there for many occasions.  It was a central part of  the people’s lives.   Everywhere were symbols of faith and reverence.   Art, jewlery, pottery, blankets, and even every day items used by the families were designed to be constant reminders of their adoration for God.   Special occasions such as weddings, baptisms, and holidays were celebrated with great parties (fiestas) showing the people’s joy and thanksgiving to God.  Josefina’s world in the pioneer days of the American Southwest,  was often difficult and dangerous.  These traditions and everyday reminders gave the people comfort and strength when times were hard.  In our reading we learn that Josefina kept a ” box of remembrance”  of some special things that had belonged to her mama.   She took it out when she needed to feel close to her mom and when she wanted to remember her better.   She felt hopeful after doing it.  This week our Bible lesson is about worship.  One way we can worship God is by remembering who He is and all the great things He has done.
I hope this will help you to feel happy and very loved this week!  🙂

Scriptures of remembrance
– Psalm 71:5     – Psalm 78     – Psalm 106      – Psalm 107     – Psalm 136     – Ecclesiastes 12:1

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss

* What is worship?
(Be sure to let your child try to answer this question him/herself.  You may be surprised at the depth of understanding children can have!)

* Here are a couple of very short lessons/discussions geared toward introducing children to this topic:
http://ministry-to-children.com/heart-of-worship-lesson/
http://ministry-to-children.com/discipline-of-worship/

* Some  other lessons that might help in introducing/discussing what worship is:
http://www.goldenhills.org/ministries/children/toolbox/Teaching_Kids_About_Worship.pdf
– http://www.sharonministries.org.za/TeachRun40.htm

* Can you think of some ways that God’s people have worshipped Him by remembering who He is and what He has done ?  Here’s a few ideas…there’s LOTS more!
– by making a pile of stones                                                               (Joshua 4: 1-7;  21-24)
– by celebrating festivals                                                                      (Exodus 12: 14;17)
– by dancing, singing, & playing musical instruments         (Exodus 15: 20-21)
– by writing songs & poems                                                                (Psalm 77: 10-20 )
– by sharing a meal                                                                                  (Luke 22: 7-8; 14-20)

**If you’d like a coloring page or printable activity to go along with any of the stories above, you can find them here:
– http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/childrens-curriculum-ot.php

* What are some ways that God’s people worship Him (by remembering what He has done)  in our culture today?
Here’s just a few ideas to get you thinking…
– by reading the Bible  (full of encouraging stories of God’s faithfulness)
– by singing songs and writing poetry and music, and creating pieces of art
– by gathering together with other people who love Jesus
– by celebrating special days of remembrance such as Christmas or Easter, etc…

* Do you have any personal “Jordan stones” that are reminders to you of a time when you remember God’s presence, or help, or comfort in a hard situation?

* I made a board of photos  of some of my “Jordan Stones”.  I made it so that every time I walk past and see it, I will be reminded that God is always with me.  He has blessed our family so much, but sometimes life is hard.   So when I am feeling sad, or lonely, or discouraged, I can look at these pictures and remember that He has been and is always with me.

"Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! " ~Psalm 98:1
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! ” ~Psalm 98:1

 

*Activities-

* Make a “memory box” like Josefina kept to remind herself of her mama.  You could write your “remembrances” on strips of paper or some smooth stones;  or you might like to add small items that will remind you to give thanks to God.
Here is an example of one that I found online.  It was made using the American Girl Doll kit.  If you don’t care to purchase a kit, you could easily find things you already have to do this activity or buy something from your local craft store.
 http://dolldiaries.com/american-girl-crafts-josefinas-painted-memory-box-review/

* Journaling-
Try writing your own song or poem of remembrance.   Perhaps you could add this to your memory box if you made one….Or, you might like to put it in a frame so you will be able to think of it often.   Share it with someone!

* Songs & Dancing-
Turn on some music!   Grab a musical instrument if you play one….or even a pot lid and a metal spoon.   Sounds silly, I know, but try it!   Focus on praising God & not on how silly you look.  🙂

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBX3S3STVB0
(Just for fun!  A young man teaches how to sing “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy” in Spanish.  🙂  )

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfy51JPvbRM
(“En Los Montes, En Los Valles”, a worship song in Spanish.  This was so much fun to watch & be a part of when we lived in South America.  One of my favorites!
Here are the lyrics in Spanish so you can try to sing along if Spanish isn’t your first language…It’s FAST!  🙂
 http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/marcos_witt/en_los_montes_en_los_valles-lyrics-962061.html
Here is a rough translation in English-
In the mountains, in the valleys,
we exalt him that is worthy of praise.
In the coasts of the seas, we raise a sound of hope.
We acclaim, we acclaim,
We listen to hear the voice of your praise.
With our hands held high we exalt him who reigns forever.
Let us go up to worship at Mount Zion, it is the joy of all the nations.
Where sadness is joy, weeping is happiness.
Let us go up to worship the great king.

*Coloring Pages-

* Some coloring pages on Worship!
 http://ministry-to-children.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Sing-Sojourn12-500.jpg
– http://trinities.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/worship2.jpg
– http://s.twistynoodle.com/img/r/singer-with-notes/i-will-praise-god/coloring_book_page_jpg_468x609_q85.jpg
http://www.crossroadspresbyterianchurch.org/images/let-children-come.jpg

* Some coloring pages on JOY !
– http://silkitalia.com/joy-coloring-pages/joy-coloring-pages/
http://www.ilovejesus.com/myhome/holt/coloringbk/singpraise1.gif
http://www.karladornacher.com/Docs/CB_OhSingColoringPage.jpg

The Number Two (2)

*Week 2: Worship-  Celebrating Together

*Reading-

* You may like to re-read pg. 34-35 in “Welcome to Josefina’s World” for a nice intro to this week’s lesson.

* The community of settlers in Josefina’s town were a very close group of people.  Every family worked hard independently and together to survive in the new frontier.  The community was a very important part of everyone’s life.  Last week we talked about ways that Josefina (and other people throughout history) worshipped God by remembering.   This week we will learn about another way.
Celebrations, or fiestas, were something Josefina and her community looked forward to with great anticipation.  Delicious foods, lively music, dancing, and lots of friends and family gathered all together were a wonderful part of the culture of  the southwest.  There were parties when babies were born, parties when people got married, even a day to remember and celebrate friends and family members who had died.  Josefina’s favorite fiesta was the celebration of Las Posadas, which lasted 9 whole days !!
–  http://www.caminorealheritage.org/Posada/posada.htm
(simple description of this celebration)
– http://www.mommymaestra.com/2010/12/posada-lesson-plans-crafts-activities.html
(Mommy Maestra shares a lovely & complete lesson plan including many recipes & fun activities !)
–  http://nbclatino.com/2012/12/13/resources-for-celebrating-las-posadas-with-your-child/
(Short article with lots of links for ideas to celebrate with children)

Last week we learned that we can worship God by remembering all He is and all He has done.  Gathering together to celebrate is another way we can worship.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it ?!?

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

*Examples of celebrations in the Bible-
– Exodus 5:1               – Exodus 12     –  Leviticus 23     – Matthew 26:17-27     – Acts 2:46
–  Matthew 18:20     – Psalm 147     – Psalm 34:3

**If you’d like a coloring page or printable activity to go along with any of the stories above, you can find them here:
– http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/childrens-curriculum-ot.php

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

* What does it mean to celebrate  ?
What are some reasons that make you want to celebrate?
What are some things that you celebrate with your family and friends ?

* When something really exciting happens to you, what is the first thing you do ?
Do you often want to share the great news with a friend ?

+  I realize the following quote is probably not very interesting to your child, but it was such a revelation to me about worship, that I needed to share it with somebody!  🙂
Praise is meant to be shared.
 Worship in many ways is incomplete without an outward expression or act involving another human being.
As CS Lewis was working his way through understanding worship he happened upon a young couple on a park bench watching a sunset.  Though he was enjoying the scene very much, they seemed to be enthralled by it, as they commented on it’s beauty to one another.  It seemed to him that they were enjoying it all the more because they were sharing together in its beauty.
I love the idea and practice of celebrating God, expressing our enjoyment of Him, whether through a lovely conversation with a friend, or through large gatherings of friends and family… both of which were God’s great ideas, of course.
Shared praise is something that actually brings us completeness and great joy !
Err….right.   The quote.   haha
The excerpt is from the book “Reflections on the Psalms” by CS Lewis.
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.
It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.
It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is;
to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch;
to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with. ”

*  Can you think of any examples in the Bible of a celebration ?
What/Who were the people celebrating?
What did they do to celebrate?
Did they have special food, or songs & music, or dancing?
Did they tell stories or play games?

* What are some ways you could celebrate God?

*Activities-

* Host a celebration like Las Posadas-
Do you remember Josefina’s favorite celebration Las Posadas?    Everybody in her village got to take part in this fiesta celebrating the birth of Jesus.   Choose a story from the Bible that makes your heart feel full and happy.   Pick a story that makes you want to share it with your friends.  You can dress up like your favorite characters and act out the story as part of your fiesta.   Be sure to include some yummy snacks, colorful decorations, and lively music !

* Camp Out !!!!   Enjoying God together-
One of the celebrations God gave to His people was called the Feast of Tabernacles.
You can read about how this festival and others began in Leviticus 23….Leviticus 23:33-43 is specifically about the Feast of Tabernacles.   This week long celebration was one of the most joyous times in the lives of the people of God.  There were many ways they celebrated as a community including making luminaries to light the whole town, music and dancing, singing (Psalms 113-118 were believed to be some of the songs traditionally sung), and of course food!!    Did you know that Jesus also celebrated this special week?  (see John 7:37-38).
During this week, the Hebrew people didn’t sleep in their own houses.  Instead, the whole community built temporary shelters (like tents) to sleep in all week.  This tradition helped them to really focus on God and all the reasons why the week was so special.
Set aside a week, a day, or even an afternoon to enjoy God with some people you love.  Build a tent of your own.  You could camp at a camp ground, in your backyard, or even in your living room.   Try to focus on enjoying God with your family and friends during this special time.
Here are a few places to read some more about this fiesta !
– http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/the-feast-of-tabernacles/

– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z5rGZc2w3Y
(really cute video showing a Jewish child and his family building their sukkot)

– http://www.reformjudaism.org/celebrate-sukkot-shalom-sesame-learning-about-sukkah-and-enjoying-beauty-nature

* Songs-

This is a super silly song called “Shakin’ the Lulav”…. I LOVE this!  You’ll be singing it all day.   🙂  This is a fun song if you are doing the Feast of Tabernacles activity.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODQ0pgR64Y

OR just sit around your “camp fire” and sing a cowboy song!  Laugh…tell family stories…surely the goodness of God will find it’s way into the evening.  Shared praise.
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aTQWC7crW4    (Git Along Little Doggies)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-adnK_jZn0         (Old Dan Tucker)

“Celebrate Jesus Celebrate” and “Celebrad Cristo Celebrad” … fun to sing it in two languages!
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZfYYIFd6kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=153AwMoKb98   (Spanish)

Short Object Lesson-
 http://ministry-to-children.com/israel-thanksgiving-feast-lesson/   

*Coloring & Activity Pages-

* Las Posadas coloring pages
– http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/staff/boldtkatherine/images/Coloring_LasPosadas.jpg  
– http://www.tomie.com/images/coloring_pages/coloring_nativity.gif

* Sukkot coloring pages
http://www.shemayisrael.co.il/yomtov/sukkot/skpages.htm
http://printablecolouringpages.co.uk/?s=feast%20of%20tabernacles&page=1 

**If you’d like a coloring page or printable activity to go along with any of the stories above, you can find them here:
– http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/childrens-curriculum-ot.php

the number 3

*Week 3: Worship- The Beauty of the Earth

*Reading-

* You may like to re-read pg. 6-7 in “Welcome to Josefina’s World” for a nice intro to this week’s lesson.

* Josefina lived in “The Land of Enchantment”.  The landscape of New Mexico is known for its beauty.  From the enormous snow capped mountains, to the crystal waters of the Rio Grande, to the valleys bursting with waves of wildflowers, and even in the barren deserts, God’s creation is shouting with brilliant colors, wonderful smells,  gentle breezes, and the warmth of the sun.   The “awesomeness” of the land did not go unappreciated by the people living there.  The Native Americans and the early Spanish settlers of the Southwest revered it, wrote about it, sung about it, and looked for the Source of it.

Have you ever thought to worship God by appreciating His creation?

It takes slowing down and really seeing what is around you.  I live in Texas.  It is very hot here in the summer.  I am looking out my window.  The ground is dry and cracked…the grass is brown and crunchy, my garden is shriveled, and it hasn’t rained in a month.  As a girl from the coast, finding the beauty in my crunchy, brown backyard takes a minute.  But it’s there.
As I am writing, I’ve been watching a scrawny brown squirrel.  He appreciates my withered garden.  I’ll even guess that at this moment he is thinking it is quite beautiful.  I thought about chasing him away, but then I noticed what he was doing.   He has grabbed my one and only tomato off the vine.  It is misshapen and still green, but he is holding it in his little hands like he has hit the jackpot.  He doesn’t bother to take it home to feast on.   See, what I thought was rather ugly and useless, he has found to be an absolutely wonderful treat!  I imagine that with the drought of this summer, that juicy, green tomato tastes pretty good to him.  🙂
And so I see the lesson in this from the Creator, and I am stirred in my heart to give thanks to God.

Appreciative Squirrel

 

“Look at the birds of the air;
(or little backyard suburban creatures)…

they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?”
~ Matthew 6:26

 


*
Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

– Genesis 2:9             – Psalm 104: 14-16      – Job 12:7-10        – Psalm 19:1-4        – Romans 1:20

– Psalm 148: 7-10     –   Psalm 33: 6-9           – Acts 14: 15          – Psalm 23: 2-3       – Psalm 147: 7-9

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

Why do you think God took such care to make the place He made for us to live so beautiful?

Have you ever thought that God created the whole earth with us in mind?
Can you think of some of the parts of creation and guess why He created them the way He did?   (Ex. the moon for quiet light at night)

He created it to provide for us…He created it to remind us of minute of every day of who He is…He created it for us to enjoy…He created it for us to rule and reign over.
WOW!!!
Those are some reasons to rejoice and praise God!
One more way we can worship God is by slowing down, opening our eyes, and SEEING the beauty in God’s creation all around us.

What parts of God’s creation cause you to be amazed?
It could be how a tall tree can grow from a tiny seed, or the beauty of towering mountains, or animals, or babies, or the mighty power of a hurricane, or how huge the ocean is, or how many countless stars are in the night sky, or the way God created the human eye to work…

The Native Americans of the Southwest saw these very sights and worshipped them.  They were looking for the Source of these amazing things.  We know that God Himself made the earth and everything in it.

Do we stop and give Him thanks when we notice the beauty of a sunset or some other lovely part of nature?

What are some ways that nature can remind you to worship the Creator and not the loveliness of the created thing?

*Activities-

* Try keeping a journal (at least for this week) of something in nature that causes you to worship God each day.  It could be some amazing fact about life you’re learning about in science…it could be something you saw in your own backyard (like my little squirrel friend).   Stop and look around you.  Take a moment to think.  Now, draw a picture of it, write a little note to yourself, take a photo & tape it in your journal.  Be creative. When you are finished, take a few minutes to give thanks to God.

* We have learned about Georgia O’Keeffe this month.   She noticed the tiniest details in objects.  She appreciated every small part of things.   Pick an object that you find lovely.  Take the time to examine it closely.  Now focus on one small area.  Try looking at it under a magnifying glass.  Notice the smallest details.   See how it is put together.  You might like to take a photo of it at up close.   If you enjoy painting, use your photo to paint the magnified object as Georgia O’Keeffe was known for doing.
red canna georgia o'keeffe
“Nobody sees a flower,
really — it is so small —
we haven’t time,
and to see takes time,
like to have a friend takes time.”
~Georgia O’Keeffe

Here are a few examples:
– http://whitney.org/ForKids/Collection/GeorgiaOKeeffe
(Up & Close with Georgia O’Keeffe)

– http://www.theartofed.com/2011/02/23/the-flower-fell-off-the-paper/
(Georgia O’Keeffe Big Flowers art project)

* Many of the hymns and worship songs we sing refer to the beauty of God’s creation.
Take some quiet time to think about one part of creation that makes your heart want to sing.   Maybe you could go sit outside on a sunny afternoon…or look up at the moon and stars in the night sky…  Write a song if one comes to your mind.   If not, maybe you could take the time to choose a few of your favorite songs.  Find a quiet place outside and read them aloud…take time to think about the words.   If you play an instrument, you could learn to play one!  Whatever you choose to do with this activity…PRAISE the Lord for the beauty of His creation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4EPnM62O8A
(‘The Earth is Yours’ by Gungor)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xc9sWYKvs4
(‘Creation Sings the Father’s Song)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbUAtPI8vGU
(‘All Creation’)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNOYHTQqe6c
(‘How Great Thou Art’ video with lyrics)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXVkwKppfts
(‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’ video with lyrics)

* Here is an interesting devotional about nature and God’s purpose…lots of good thoughts!  Might make you want to camp out tonight!
– http://www.sciotohills.com/sites/default/files/F07-Using%20the%20Outdoor%20Setting.pdf

* Coloring/Activity Pages-

– http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/sites/default/files/images/british_wildlife_colouring_pages_av2.jpg
(Squirrel coloring page)  🙂
– http://www.bible-printables.com/Coloring-Pages/Creation/
(Creation coloring pages)
– http://pagestocolor.net/17781-free-zinnia-flower-coloring-page/
(Flowers coloring pages)
– http://www.archive.org/stream/drawingmadeeasyh00lutz#page/34/mode/2up
(Ebook on how to draw flowers… be sure to “flip” through the book.  Really fun!)

**If you’d like a coloring page or printable activity to go along with any of the stories from the scriptures listed above, you can find them here:
– http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/childrens-curriculum-ot.php

 

Frog in Pond

 

 

 

*Science Ideas:

The number 1

*Week 1:  Wild Weather !

* As you are learning about the desert geography of New Mexico this week, you may be surprised to know how turbulent the weather can be there.  There are monsoon type rainstorms that cause flash floods and mud slides, wild fires, tornadoes, and even blizzards in the higher elevations!  The settlers in the southwestern United States had many adventures with wild weather !

+ Reading-

* You may like to read pg. 28-29 in “Welcome to Josefina’s World” again as an intro to this lesson.

*Floods!
– http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-rain.htm
(Nice intro with lots of links)
 http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/flood/?ar_a=1
– http://www.nps.gov/brca/historyculture/pioneerstory.htm
(Pioneer story of flash floods in the southwestern US)
– http://science.lotsoflessons.com/weather/floods.html

*Wild Fires!
– http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-wildfire.htm
(Nice intro with lots of links)
– http://www.smokeybear.com/kids/?js=1
(Smokey the Bear interactive game)
 http://www.sites4teachers.com/links/redirect.php?url=http://www.field-guides.com/trips.htm
(wildfires, virtual field trip)
– http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/trail_dust/trail-dust-prairie-fires-were-among-hazards-faced-by-pioneers/article_ab384890-5d99-50fa-a51b-7e2388d37de6.html
(Story of wild prairie fires faced by settlers of New Mexico)
– http://www.wildlandfire.com/docs/wildfire_edu.htm#child
(A huge list of resources to talk to your children about wildfires)

*Tornadoes!
– http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm
(Nice intro with lots of links for activities too!)
– http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/students/bm/bm03.pdf
(Printable book by NOAA)
– http://skydiary.com/kids/tornadoes.html
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/weather/tornado/activities.shtml
(Lots of printables about tornadoes)
– http://wildwesthistory.blogspot.com/2011/05/tornadoes-in-old-west-and-tornadoes.html
http://wildwesthistory.blogspot.com/2012/03/tornadoes-in-wild-west-hunkerin-down.html 
(Some thoughts & information about what the early settlers might have thought about tornadoes)
 http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756905
(This would make a silly & fun activity to use for Language Arts this week!)

*Blizzards!
– 
http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-winter-storms.htm
– http://www.basicplanet.com/blizzard/
– 
http://hildegardcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Heroes-of-the-Childrens-Blizzard-of-1888-February2012.pdf    
(This is a whole lesson on the Blizzard of 1888…it would be great to use for English lessons this week!)
– http://www.cln.org/themes/blizzards.html
(TONS of links to related experiments & other related projects)
– http://www.wartgames.com/themes/weather/snow.html

+Discovering & Doing-
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fouO1ru8DFc
(The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm! full length episode)

– http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/wild-weather-adventure/en/
(Wild weather interactive game)

* Wildfire activities-
– http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/smokeys-wildfire-prevention-detectives/
(Smokey Bear for intermediate age groups…lots of printable activities, etc…)
– http://www.smokeybear.com/kids/?js=1
(Smokey Bear interactive game)

* Tornado activities to try-
– http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/makeatornado.html
– http://www.kidzone.ws/science/tornado/

* Flood activities-
– http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/flood.cfm
– http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/flood/
– http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/owlie/Owlie-floods.pdf

* Blizzard Activities
– http://www.wartgames.com/911/blizzards.html
– http://www.wartgames.com/themes/weather/snowsurvival.html
– http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/owlie/Owlie-winter.pdf
– http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/blizzardhome.html
– http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/students/bm/bm06.pdf
– http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/students/bm/bm07.pdf
– http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/students/bm/bm08.pdf

+Coloring Pages-
–  http://sweetclipart.com/multisite/sweetclipart/files/imagecache/middle/tornado_outline.png        (tornado)
– http://imgde.hellokids.com/_uploads/_tiny_galerie/20120208/bs_tempete-de-neige-26016.jpg     (just for fun a “blizzard” coloring page from Frozen)
– http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/fsbdev3_019898.jpg
(Smokey the Bear…Forest Fire)
– http://www.everythingpreschool.com/coloringpages/slides/Floods.jpg
(Flooding)
 

The Number Two (2)

*Week 2:  Natural Beauty

+Reading-

*
You may like to read pg. 24-25 in “Welcome to Josefina’s World” again as an intro to this lesson.

*  “In Josefina’s day, few people in Mexico or the United States bathed, brushed their teeth, or even changed their clothes daily.  But the women of New Mexico, despite the lack of water and the ever-present dust, worked hard to keep their homes, their families, and themselves clean and beautiful.”  – “Welcome to Josefina’s World”
It is interesting to learn how girls that lived in the time of Josefina’s story liked to dress…or fix their hair…or make their own beauty remedies.
Read some more by clicking the links below:
– http://petticoatsandpistols.com/2009/01/12/cosmetics-in-the-1800s-girls-just-wanna-have-fun/
– http://www.katetattersall.com/?p=5402
– http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Natural/tp/Native-American-Beauty-Secrets.htm

* Study a little bit about the science behind makeup !
– http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/makeup.html
(Short video about the science behind making cosmetics…by kids & for kids)
– http://www.planet-science.com/categories/experiments/messy/2011/09/cosmetic-science—make-your-own-lip-balm.aspx

* Here is a unit study on Beauty and Makeup to explore
– http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Beauty-and-Makeup-Unit-Study.pdf

+Discovering & Doing-
* Make your own primrose perfume ?!
– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/documents/perfume.pdf

* Why not try making some of your own beauty products using natural ingredients like Josefina and her friends may have done?
There are recipes for all kinds of fun things here, not just makeup.  So get a few friends together and have a girls beauty party!
– http://wellnessmama.com/3701/natural-shampoo/
(Make your own sweet smelling shampoo)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vY2s8ZgrdQ
(This is a cute step by step video by “The Glitter Girls Club”)
– http://club.chicacircle.com/how-to-make-homemade-lip-gloss/
– http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=233
http://www.ehow.com/how_12071402_make-own-cosmetics-kids.html
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKY_I82BCAo
(Another cute video by “The Glitter Girls Club” on how to make sparkly vanilla hand lotion)
– http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/fizzybathbomb.htm
(Fizzy bath bomb recipe)
– http://chemistry.about.com/od/healthbeautyprojects/a/Rose-Water-Recipe.htm
(Rosewater toner recipe)

+Coloring Pages-
(You may like to use these pages for clip art, to record your recipes, etc…)
 http://www.acoloringpages.net/2014/02/26/make-reason-make-the-makeup/
 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aAGJxCAhwyw/TvSfqVzChvI/AAAAAAAAGLc/bxKFR6sf6EI/s1600/lipstick-coloring-pages-3.gif
– http://coloringplanet.com/new/uploads/images/2/6342-eps_makeup-cream.gif

the number 3

*Week 3:  Flowers of the Southwest

* One of the things that reminded Josefina so much of her mama was the primroses that she so loved to grow.  Even though much of the area surrounding Josefina’s home was desert, there were plenty of lovely flowers that grew there.
What’s your favorite ?

+Reading-
– http://www.desertusa.com/flora.html
(Links to lots & lots of desert plants all with BEAUTIFUL colorful pictures)

–  http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/coloring/index.shtml  
(Beautiful coloring pages of wildflowers with descriptions)

– http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/floral-pharmacy-wildflowers-of-new-mexico/article_bb73afc5-d4ce-52f9-9494-ebdf0cb66708.html
(Wildflowers of New Mexico and some of their traditional uses)

* Celebrate Wildflowers link…parts of a wildflower classification, dissection and labeling pages
 http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/teacher/documents/13_classification.pdf
– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/teacher/documents/9wildflower_parts.pdf
– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/teacher/documents/k5_DesertGardeners_flowerDissection.pdf
– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/teacher/documents/k5_DesertGardeners_flowerParts.pdf

* Lesson plans all about wildflowers
 http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/teacher/documents/R4CW_lrn_prgm.pdf

+Discovering & Doing-
 http://www.desertusa.com/video_pages/videosKB_4.html
(Videos of desert plants…very interesting)

– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/wordsearch/documents/puzzles/common_wildflower.pdf 
(Common wildflowers word search)

* Try making your own special butterfly garden area of wildflowers.  Find what wildflowers grow best where you live.
– http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef006.asp

* Wildflowers grow well….WILD!  Most come from seeds and droppings from birds and other animals.   Why not try growing a surprise garden.   What’s a surprise garden?  Read on…
– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/surprisegarden.shtml

*Josefina saved her mama’s dried primroses in her memory box.  Maybe you’d like to try drying some wildflowers yourself.   You can keep them just to look at, or use them to make a craft such as notecards, bookmarks, etc…
 http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/preservewildflowers.shtml
– http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/bookmark.shtml

* 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  

+Coloring Pages-
 http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/coloring/index.shtml  
(Beautiful coloring pages of wildflowers with descriptions of each flower)

 


 I Want to See the World

*Geography ideas-

The number 1

*Week 1:  New Mexico

+Reading-
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/newmexico/
 http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/newmex.html
– http://www.history.com/topics/us-states/new-mexico

* Spanish Exploration of New Mexico as told by the explorer Villagrá
– http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/amerbegin/exploration/text1/villagra.pdf

* Very brief intro to the settlement of Santa Fe & exploration of the Southwestern United States
– http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/indexo.shtml

* New Mexico  Fun Facts
 http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-funfacts.html
– http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susnm.htm

+Mapping-

* Mapping activities on early history of New Mexico by the NPS
http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96locate1.htm
(Northern Provinces of New Spain)
– http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/paso/images/alzata-ramirez-med.jpg
(1768 Map of New Mexico including geographical features and indian tribes)
http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/96ranchos/96locate2.htm
(Spanish Settlement)

*Make a map showing the four corners states.   Highlight the state of New Mexico.  Be sure to label rivers, mountains, the capital and any other important things you’d like to note.
– http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/label/states/newmexico/

+Hands On-

– http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/us_state_games/newmexico/
(Interactive games)

– http://www.sos.state.nm.us/uploads/files/NMColoringBook.pdf
(State coloring book)

– http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/l/blstateform.htm
(State report printable)

– http://www.nmhistoricpreservation.org/assets/files/coloring_book3b.pdf
(Nice variety of coloring pages from the New Mexico Historical Preservation Society)

 http://www.apples4theteacher.com/usa-states/new-mexico/
(Links to all kinds of free printables about New Mexico)

– http://edhelper.com/geography/New_Mexico.htm
(New Mexico Unit Study)

– http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/colorpages/states/nmcolor2.html
(New Mexico flag, animal, etc…coloring page)

– http://www.crayola.com/~/media/Crayola/Coloring%20Page/coloring_pages/371.gif?mh=762&mw=645
(New Mexico in brief coloring page)

– http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/newmexicoprint.htm
(Lots of printable word searches, vocabulary match-ups, etc…)

+ 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.

 

The Number Two (2)

*Week 2:  People of New Mexico
(National Parks of NM) 

+Reading-

– http://pvhs.fms.k12.nm.us/teachers/kwerth/05D703F5-00757F35.6/NM
(Online text book specific to the first people of New Mexico…nice photos and review questions.  Very good and thorough overview!)

– http://edhelper.com/geography/New_Mexico.htm
(This is a lesson based on another book…however, there’s some nice reading & printables included in the lesson that do not require the book.  Scroll down to the section entitled “Ancient Peoples” for a nice intro to this unit.)

* The Pueblo (Anasazi People)
– http://www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/introduction.asp
– http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/southwest/anasazi.html
– http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/southwest/pueblo.html
– http://www.nps.gov/azru/forteachers/upload/LESSONS.pdf
(Complete lesson on the life of the ancient Pueblo people.  Includes many printables & activities)

* Navajo and Apache People
– http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/southwest/navajo.html
– http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/southwest/apache.html

*Mogollon People
– http://alliance.la.asu.edu/legacy/GeoHistoryLessons/MeettheMogollons/NiceMogollonsS.pdf
(‘Meet the Mogollon’ intro and project)
– http://online.nmartmuseum.org/nmhistory/ancestral-peoples/history-ancestral-peoples.html

+Mapping-

– http://edhelper.com/geography/New_Mexico.htm
(This is the same link as above.  Scroll down past the “Ancient Peoples” reading section to find several printable mapping activities related to the people of New Mexico & it’s people )

*Add to your New Mexico map from week 1 (or make a new one!).  Map out Josefina’s “neighbors” in New Mexico and the other “three corners” states…or print out one of these new maps to use in your notebook
– http://www.thefurtrapper.com/images/A-Four%20Corners%20Indians.jpg
– http://www.native-languages.org/nmexico.jpg

* People of the Southwest interactive map activities
–  http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states/southwest/

+Hands On-

– http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/sw_nativeamericans/
(Native Americans of the Southwest web quest)
– http://www.artforsmallhands.com/2010/09/clay-pueblo-pottery.html
(Try making a Pueblo coiled clay pot)
– http://www.pardeehome.org/SWPottery_module.pdf
(A complete lesson with lovely historic photos of Pueblo art and activities to try at home)
– http://nativeamerican-art.com
(Sand Painting activity…this looks like great fun!)
– http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/NavajoFryBread.htm
(Navajo Fry Bread with a nice history….Yummmmmm!)

*Try making a woven basket
– http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/baskets.html    (all about indian baskets)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ira6poau18Q
(youtube how-to weave a newspaper basket)

– http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/bandelier/bandelier.swf
(Pueblo People Powerpoint)

* Add items studied this week to your diorama
(You could add paper dolls this week… make a southwestern family, or perhaps you may like to include some of their “neighbors”… or interesting people they may have met along the trails!  Why not add in some of the indigenous animals too?!)

the number 3

*Week 3: On the Trail…Exploring New Mexico Through  State Parks

+Reading-

* What is a National Park?
– 
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/education/NationalParkTeachersGuide.pdf
(Complete Lesson Plan…just in case you need one.    🙂  )
   

– http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/263.pdf
(scroll to the bottom for a printable to record info for each park)

* Carlsbad Caverns
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvxOy-6BWrs
(Nice professional video of the caverns)
– http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm
(NPS main page…look to the left for links to the history, people, and nature of the park)
http://www.nps.gov/cave/forteachers/curriculummaterials.htm
(Various related lesson plans from the NPS)
http://www.nps.gov/cave/forkids/upload/SpMatch.pdf
(Fun online interactive )
– http://0.tqn.com/d/homeschooling/1/S/3/e/4/newmexicocolor3.png
(Coloring page)

* Bandelier National Monument & the People of New Mexico
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKN2cEcwxIc
(Video tour by a park ranger)
– http://www.nps.gov/band/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/band/forteachers/kindergarten-lesson-plans.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/band/naturescience/index.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/band/forteachers/fourth-grade-lesson-plans.htm
(Links for LOTS of activities to teach about the people of New Mexico)

*Aztec Ruins National Park
 http://www.nps.gov/features/azru/
(Kids discover the park interactive)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCv8hVoaZ9I
(NPS video tour of this ruin by young park rangers)
– http://www.nps.gov/azru/forteachers/upload/LESSONS.pdf
(Lesson plans about the plants, people, history, etc…)

* Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument…the meeting of the Spanish and Pueblo
– http://www.nps.gov/sapu/index.htm
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM5oJ9riv14&index=16&list=PLjr-DLsxHe32HUD2uNPxvEZ2pVXVDqUQ5
(Video tour by young park rangers )
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG_e-WOVw78&list=PLjr-DLsxHe32HUD2uNPxvEZ2pVXVDqUQ5&index=22
(Video tour with lots of nice footage)
– http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/66gran/66gran.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/sapu/naturescience/index.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/sapu/historyculture/people.htm

*  Pecos
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lerzj4qnETw  
(Nice video history/tour of Pecos National Monument by the NPS)
– http://www.nps.gov/peco/index.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/peco/historyculture/peple-of-pecos.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/peco/historyculture/spanish-encounters.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/peco/historyculture/forked-lightning-ranch.htm
– http://www.nps.gov/peco/historyculture/santa-fe-trail.htm

* Chaco Culture National Historic Park
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyiv9dV4UWg
(Video virtual tour of Chaco Canyon National Park by young park rangers)
– http://www.nps.gov/chcu/historyculture/index.htm
– http://www.exploratorium.edu/chaco/HTML/canyon.html
http://www.nps.gov/chcu/forteachers/classrooms/curriculummaterials.htm
(Lesson plans for all ages centered around this National Park)

*Gilla Cliff Dwellings
– http://www.nps.gov/gicl/forkids/upload/Junior-Ranger-Booklet-Final-Aug-2008.pdf
(Kids activities, intro, and printables)
– http://www.nps.gov/gicl/naturescience/animals.htm
(Be sure to look at the bar to the left for other links!)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou97A-OGb94
(Nice, short video tour of the site)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3si9HmySsA
(The Gila Forest…short video from PBS)
 http://www.usa-printables.com/Places/Parks-Monuments/park-pics/01-Parks-017.gif
(Cliff Dwelling coloring page …Mesa Verde)

+Mapping-

* Watch this short tutorial on reading a map by the National Parks Service
– http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/readingmap/

* On a blank map of New Mexico, map out these National Parks/Historic Sites
– http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/label/states/newmexico/

* Make a comparison chart listing the geographic location (North, South,Central, etc…), the indigenous people group, any special landforms found there, wildlife, or anything else you’d like to compare).
 http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/6a/be/f7/6abef77b43d0a69dec737529fb12b17d.jpg
(Here’s an idea of the type of chart I had in mind, although the columns would be comparing different items & the rows would be each of the National Parks)

* Create a journal page for each site highlighting the diversity and beauty in the landscape that is found there.
– http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/263.pdf

+Hands On-

*Add to & finish up your diorama
(It might be fun this week to add some of the famous landmarks or landforms that  we have studied this week to your diorama….)

*Misc. Crafts, Cooking, & Creative Ideas-

– http://tinyton.org/cornhuskdoll.htm
(Try making a corn husk doll)

– http://www.homeschoolshare.com/American_Girl_Lapbook.php
(Template for free printable Josefina lap book)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYhl38Dm-Wg
(Try making your own homemade tortillas-  Yum!)

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebozo
(Try making your own rebozo)

– http://spoonful.com/crafts/hula-hoop-rug#_a5y_p=1823087
(Try making your own hula hoop woven rug!  Looks really fun!)

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