American Girl Addy Civil War Unit Study

American Girl Addy Unit Study FREE

Welcome to Addy’s World 1854:
Growing Up During America’s Civil War

*This is such a deeply emotional topic of study that will surely create much discussion and perhaps some sadness, anger, and confusion for children.  I hope to convey some positive points (stories of courage, faith, hope against all hope, and the deepest expressions of love) that will help sort out what can be learned,  so that in our personal lives and in the life of our communities and our countries, we will never repeat a history such as this.    

  * Core Reading:

Welcome to Addy’s World 1864

*Week 1: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”- Life in the South 

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Meet Addy                                                     (p. 1-3)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Intro to the Civil War & Slavery             (p. 26-29)
3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Addy’s Family                                              (p. 30-31; 34-35) 4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Addy’s Faith                                                 (p. 32-33)
5.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Songs to Freedom                                     (p. 36-37 )

*Week 2: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″- North to Freedom

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Underground Railroad                     (p. 38-39)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  New Beginnings in the North                 (p. 8-11; 20-21) 3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Children Still Played                                  (p. 14-15; 12-13) 4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Fashion                                                            (p. 16-19)
5.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Church Family                                      (p. 22-23)

*Week 3: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”- America’s “Civil” War

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Nation at War                                       (p. 4-7)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Homefront- South                              (p. 42-43)
3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Homefront- North                              (p. 44-45)
4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The War Ends !                                             (p. 46-49)
5. “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Moving On! A New South                         (p. 50-58)

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*Additional Reading & Videos for study-

The spine for this unit is “Welcome to Addy’s World“.  I have included 3  of the books in the Addy series , but they are NOT required and none of the activities rely on them.  🙂
There are, however, TONS of super “extras” that add to the fun of a unit study.  Click the link —>  HERE  for fun supplementary books, kits, etc.
AND…it would be AWESOME  if you’re going to purchase any of the books, if you could do it through my bookstore (Amazon Affiliates linked- so no extra charges for you!)  Thank you friends !  🙂

Also, be sure to follow my American Girl Pages on Pinterest  for all kinds of additional ideas!
Addy:  Civil War Unit
Addy’s Christmas
EXTRAS for Addy Unit
(I usually pin to these boards at least several times a week!)

The number 1


*Week 1:

American Girl Addy Series,  Book 1, “Meet  Addy
(There are 6 books in this series, so you could choose how much to read each week (and which books) depending on your child’s level and interests.  I just listed one book per week.   You can find discussion questions and activities for these books here .
**PLEASE NOTE:  This is a very difficult topic to introduce to young children.  Some parts of these books are quite heart wrenching.  You may like to read ahead of your children!)

Meet Addy Book 1

+Day 1:  Meet Addy

*American Girl video introducing Addy & her family and the beginning of their dangerous journey north !
Meet Addy and try some fun activities on the interactive American Girl website.
* Introduction to some of Addy’s  friends & family here  and  here
Meet Addy Comprehension Questions and Activities
Addy’s World:  Explore Stories of Daily Life During the Civil War

The North and the South in 1861    (Interactive Map)
*  Addy was born in North Carolina.
Read a bit about what her life might have been like there before she escaped to Philadelphia.
*  Slavery in North Carolina
*  North Carolina A to Z “Mini-Pages”

*  ‘All Night Forever’ PBS short video (4 minutes) in striking photos & narration .
(Good introduction to explain what it may have been like to live during  Addy’s lifetime)
Follow the Drinking Gourd     (Did Addy & Momma sing a song like this while they walked?)

* You may like to read ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Young Folk’s Edition together online for this unit study.   I cover the importance of this book in more depth in Week 2, Day 2 , including links to free ebooks, etc… * Note:  PLEASE read the note at the top of the site page before deciding on reading book.   Thanks!    🙂

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
*  Addy’s Life  Lapbook from Homeschool Share
Meet Addy Wordsearch printable from Printables 4 Kids
*Picking CottonDaily life at home coloring page
* North Carolina coloring page
* Print map of eastern US
(You might like to find & label NC, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   It is quite impressive to point out how far Addy & her family had to travel to find safety and freedom!)

+Day 2: Intro to the Civil War & Slavery

The Civil War   short introduction       (Brain Pop video)
What caused the civil war ?                   (YouTube video-  About 3 minutes)
*The beginning of a “civil” war  and The Civil War Begins
(Mr. Donn’s site…LOTS & LOTS of links to introduce the topic of the civil war)
Introduction to slavery and the war to end it…PBS Webisode series.
(Read or listen to the text, teacher’s guides, printables, etc…)

*Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner
(Just the pages of this book shown at a slow pace on YouTube)

*African American Life in the 1800’s (This is a short introductory video about slavery recorded by a young person.. well done!)
*A Day in the Life     (Interactive )

*Abraham Lincoln from Disney The American Presidents
(This is a good intro to both Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.   YouTube video about 4 minutes)
*Virtual Tour of the Life of Abraham Lincoln and Family
(from the National Park Service)
*Abraham Lincoln Unit  from The Homeschool Mom
(You may like to use these links to study President Lincoln in depth, or just choose a few for an overview.)

The Red Badge of Courage  is a classic… this is probably best suited for older children, but everyone may enjoy watching the movie together!)
The Red Badge of Courage    (Full length movie)
OR The Red Badge of Courage (free audio book)

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

*  Civil War Lapbook Printables   from Homeschool Share 
Cotton Picking
(You may want to discuss the text below the picture a bit more…”help” may not be the most clear word usage)
Civil WarAbraham Lincoln  , Page 2
*Lots of Abraham Lincoln coloring pages, worksheets, and activities  (Enchanted Learning) * Abraham Lincoln Handwriting Printable

+Day 3:  Addy’s Family

**There are so many beautiful traditions kept by African American families struggling to stay together during this era.  Below are just a few that tie in with the reading in Addy’s World.

Secret Life of the American Teenager-  Slavery in 1800’s
(A short narrative from the perspective of a young brother & sister…with beautiful historical photos.  About  6 minutes)
* The Family Life of the Enslaved
(Lesson on several different aspects….scroll to the bottom for the 3 true narratives and the discussion questions)
Reading Rainbow   (Episode about slavery beginning with the passage from Africa… be sure to click on the icon for full screen)
The Passage
(This is a very poignant video softened a bit only because of it’s storybook format…it begins in Africa with a brother & sister…approx. 35 minutes.  You might like to preview this in full before deciding to use it.)

Marriage and the Family Bond
(10 minute video on YouTube…The narrative is very informative, but the photos and sketches don’t always match up  🙂   )
Jumping the Broom, Wedding Celebrations

* Holidays
The Slave Experience, Holidays      (Christmas)
African American Holiday Traditions
Gullah Christmas Memory,  A Slave Narrative from storyteller Tim Lowry

* Folktales and Storytelling
African American Folktales and Storytelling by Donna Washington
The People Could Fly
Wishbone:  Bark That Bark   (African Folktales….just for fun 🙂
African Folktales from World of Tales
(Lots of books!  Click on the book and then on the story to read the full text
African Fables for Kids  from Mr. Donn
A Collection of African American Folklore   (Might want to pre-read  Big Liz and Boo Hag )

* Funerals
Funeral Customs
Funeral scene from 12 Years a Slave

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
Anansi the Spider
Playing Marbles
Rag Doll
Jumping Rope

+Day 4: Addy’s Faith

* The Secret Religion of the Slaves
(This is a very good introduction to this topic, but once again the theme is quite somber, though fittingly, quite hopeful in the end…as always, you may want to read ahead of your child : )  )
* Audio/Text of personal narrative of Fountain Hughes
* Slavery & the Making of America from PBS, religious documents…. lots of resources.
Here is a link to some historical documents, particularly regarding the faith of the slaves. Short articles, but very good to understand this part of life.
* This Far By Faith… excerpt of PBS series on YouTube  (about 6 minutes)
* This Far By Faith
(Same title, but not the same video… from AT&T Archives-  video history of slavery and the faith that persevered…you may like to preview this video before showing it considering the theme)

*Faith & Quilts
African American Quilting
Harriet Powers Biography
Harriet Powers and the Bible Quilt
– Click HERE for a another close up color photo of the original quilt from the National Museum of American History.
Harriet Powers’ Pictoral Quilt
* Pathways to Freedom:  The Language of Quilts    (fun interactive & activities)
* Secrets of the Quilt

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
*Quilt Coloring Page
(maybe reduce the size and print out some of these Bible Scene coloring pages to add to your quilt…or just design some of your own to cut and paste onto your quilt!)
Create your own quilt code   

+Day 5:  Songs to Freedom

(*NOTE:   You may prefer to teach the section on the Underground Railroad (Week 2- Day 1) first… these lessons will overlap & complement each other)

*  Songs for Freedom
(Brief history with song clips and narration….Intro by LeVar Burton (remember Reading Rainbow?)  and  featuring the group Sweet Honey.  Love this !!)
( History, Songs (with audio), and briefs about some of the Composers of  Negro Spirituals in the 1800’s)
“Wade in the Water”
(and many other songs…history and  comments by Calvin Earl )
Secret Messages, More than a Song  ( videos, lesson plans & activites from PBS)
Pathways to Freedom:  Music Steal Away Home & Other Songs of Hope
(A brief explanation & history as well as lyrics and activities for several of the songs)

* Listen to some more Freedom Songs
“The Gospel Train is Coming”
“Steal Away”
“Go Down Moses”
“Follow the Drinking Gourd”
…and you may like to look over this teacher’s guide HERE   or  HERE  

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
Coloring Page 1
*Sheet Music to Follow the Drinking Gourd     (Maybe try to play or sing this song yourself!)

*Week 2:

*  American Girl Addy Series, Book 2, “Addy Learns A Lesson
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+Day 1:  The Underground Railroad

* All about the Underground Railroad interactive site from Scholastic
*Pathways to Freedom :  The Underground Railroad
(activities, reading, and more…interactive site)
* The Underground Railroad
A Ranger Rick Activity Book (Lots of printables….Love this!)
* For mom…a teachers guide, free printables, links to activities, websites, and more!
* Secrets & codes of the Underground Railroad

Travel the Underground Railroad Interactive Game from National Geographic
* Mission US: Flight to Freedom (Interactive Game)
* Underground Railroad Game
(a printable freebie from the cutest blog, The Classroom Game Nook!)

Winslow Homer:  A Living Painting
(YouTube video from the Newark Museum- A narration from “Charity”, the young woman depicted in Homer’s painting “Near Andersonville” .   Very poignant !  )
* Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
* Henry’s Freedom Box

* Harriet Tubman Movie  from Nest-  Animated Hero Classics
(full length movie about 28 minutes)
* Harriet Tubman Activity Book   (Complete book from Nest Video above !!!)
*Harriet Tubman short bio & activities from Garden of Praise (one of my favorite resources!) * Interactive Harriet Tubman Site
* Harriet Tubman Biography
* Harriet Tubman (Short video about Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad)
* Harriet Tubman Unit Study from The Multi-Taskin Mom
(I just love this unit! Lots and lots of links to fun learning!)

* Have you tried making a Triarama?   This is a fun activity (Harriet Tubman) from Crayola. * Easy embroidered bookmark ideas like the ones Addy and her friends may have made
Or try THESE  from Grey Luster Girl    (lots of other cute DIY projects on this fun blog too!) 
* Make your own Underground Railroad Lantern from Arkansas Civil War Commission

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
* The Underground Railroad coloring pages –page 1,  page 2,  page 3,  page 4
* Harriet Tubman
*Harriet Tubman Sketch
* Leaders of the Underground Railroad  (worksheet)

+Day 2:  New Beginnings in the North

* Reaching Safety , Finding Freedom , and A New Life in the North
* What is an abolitionist?
(You can click on the speaker icon for a very nice audio reading- well done!)

*  Frederick Douglass   from one of my favorites Garden of Praise (Short biography, printables, online activities, etc…)
* Frederick Douglass Virtual Museum Exhibit   (from the National Park Service)
* Frederick Douglass Coloring Book   (Printable)
* Frederick Douglass’ Secret      (The Mini-Page…printable)
*  Frederick Douglass Biography   (short video by the National Park Service)
Words Set Me Free‘  by Lesa Cline-Ransome
(Story about Frederick Douglass as a boy…read aloud on YouTube)

* Harriet Beecher Stowe  brief biography
* Here is a short video from PBS, Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the  Abolitionists
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Told to the Children)
(*NOTE:   by Harriet Beecher Stowe…  This version includes audio AND an activity for every chapter!)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Young Folks’ Edition, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Read chapter by chapter online for free!)
* Songs from Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Lovely with lyrics and audio!!)

*A New Life- Education!
– Read a brief biography of Charlotte Forten (see also pages 20-21 in today’s reading)
If you’d like to read some more details of Charlotte’s life and her writings click HERE !
– From the Journal of Charlotte Forten:  Free Woman of Color
(Selections from 1854 to 1859-  age 16-21)
Mary Jane Patterson
Susie King Taylor biography

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
*Printable coloring book about The Life of Frederick Douglass
(If you scroll to the bottom of this pdf, you will see some quotes by Douglass that would be great for copy work!)
* Frederick Douglass printable for notebook or just for fun  from Mandy’s Tips for Teachers
* Harriet Beecher Stowe/Uncle Tom’s Cabin coloring page

+Day 3: Children Still Played

The American Girl’s Book
(Free Ebook- The original book printed in 1862… TONS of games & activities.  I LOVE THIS !!!  It is easier to hit the “next” button than it is to scroll down through some of the blank pages since this is the entire book scanned.)
* The American Boy’s Book of Sports and Games
(This the companion for boys…LOVE that climbing trees and playing in the snow are included!!! )

* African American Children   (from NPS)
The Play of Slave Children in Plantation Communities     (pdf)
Hopscotch !
Topsy Turvy Dolls & Rag Dolls
* Make your own rag doll… step by step instructions here .
* Braid your doll’s hair (or your own!  or your sister’s!  or your mama’s!) like Addy’s.
Here’s HOW !
* Children & Civil War Games (Click for a PDF from Delta Cultural Center)
* How to play Ringer    (Marbles)
* 10 Toys & Games that were common to children in slavery
(You may like to read through these first… there are some detailed explanations of the psychology behind some of these games)
* “Free Time” Slide Show
(What did the slaves do during their “free time” ?  Click on each pop up picture to pull up a screen with a short narrative)
* Toys and Games of Free & Slave Children during the Civil War…
And games mostly for free children are listed HERE (Lesson offered by the National Park Service)
* Games played during the Civil War

+ Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
*Boy playing marbles
Jump Rope
Leap Frog
*  Baseball

+Day 4:  Fashion

*Ladies Fashion
Civil War Women’s Clothing
Women’s Clothing of the South
Fashion in 1864
or try Women’s Fashion of 1860’s Pinterest board (lovely colored photos!)
Women’s Fashion  (Prezi presentation)
War Fashions   (YouTube-  Kent State University Presentation)
Hats & HairstylesGodey’s Lady’s Book
(Click on the many images on the left !  Fascinating!)

Elizabeth Keckly,  Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker
(Her story, mostly in her own words!  Fascinating!)
Elizabeth Keckly, short video from NPS

*Children’s Clothing
Children’s Clothing: Civil War
Civil War Children & Their Clothes
Clothing worn by slaves & their children

*Soldier’s Gear
Uniforms & Firearms of Soldiers   (YouTube Video from the National Park Service)
Kid’s History:  Civil War Uniforms
Union Soldiers
Confederate Soldiers

* Addy Hairstyle  also HERE (A couple short videos on how to make a hairstyle like Addy’s)
* Quick and Simple 1860’s Hairstyle
* DIY Ladies Fan
* Free Hoop Petticoat Diagram
(* Note:  I ALWAYS try to keep all the resources found in these units FREE.  If you look below the description there’s a link to click and it’s…FREE!  🙂
*  Simple Pattern for a Chemise

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
Mary Todd Lincoln coloring page
Proper ladies dressed
Union & Confederate Soldier coloring page
Confederate Soldier ,  Union Soldier
Civil War Paper Dolls    (might be good for a diorama!)
Pre-War Style  , Gala Style,  1860’s Style  (from Dover)
Civil War Paper Dolls  (Ladies)

+Day 5: The Church Family

* Religion and Slavery

* The Biography of Richard Allen     (short YouTube video…very well done!!)
* Brief history of Mother Bethel Church , also there are some great original photos HERE
* Mother Bethel Church  (YouTube)
(Note:  there is a bit of a building project included in this video. Worth watching regardless, in my opinion. )
* Virtual Tour of Mother Bethel Church

* The Diaries of Emilie Francis Davis   (4 minute video and lesson)

*Religious Practice of enslaved African Americans
(excerpts of interviews….probably best to read together, or for older students)
* The Church in the North
* The Church & Education
* US History:  Free African Americans
* Building the Black Community:  The Church
* Church on the Battlefield

*The Quakers
*The Quakers in North Carolina
* Quakers and Anti-Slavery in North America
* Quakers and Abolition

* John Greenleaf Whittier Biography    and  Whittier’s Life   (Short YouTube video)
*Whittier Poems
Notebooking Page from Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies
Virtual Tour of Whittier’s Home

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
Quaker CoupleMother Bethel Church    (sketch to use for lap book/notebook)
Richard Allen
John G. Whittier       (printable picture)
The Church all together     (sweet coloring page from a blog I will return to!)
Storytime At ChurchBible Church Building

*Week 3:

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

Meet Addy Book 3

+Day 1: The Nation at War

* Why War?   (Good intro for teaching or reading together)
* The Civil War Intro Video from BrainPop!
* Events Leading Up to the Civil War   (Mr. Donn’s History Page & LOTS of links!)

*The War Begins   (Causes and the beginning of the war from the National Park Service)
* How the Civil War Got Its Start   (Short YouTube video from The Smithsonian)
* Several short videos about the Civil War from The History Channel
* Introduction to the Civil War from the Ken Burns Film
(*NOTE:  You may want to preview this first if your child is sensitive…many real photos, including casualties)
* The Civil War Lesson Plan  (geared for elementary school children)
* The Civil War for Kids
* The Emancipation Proclamation

* The Battle at Fort Sumter
* Overview of the Battle at Fort Sumter
* The Battle at Fort Sumter    (Short YouTube “virtual tour” of Ft. Sumter from the NPS)
* The Battle of Fort Sumter and The Civil War     (Short overview-  YouTube video)

* Pink & Say by Patricia Polacco
(lovely narration on YouTube with full pictures from book…though this is a children’s story, once again please note the content is very somber)
–  Activities and Ideas to Explore Pink & Say

* Daily Life of Soldiers in the Civil War
(Mr. Donn’s History page & LOTS of links!  Seriously, this unit could last for months!)
* Be a Civil War Soldier    (Interactive Game from the National Park Service)
* What did the soldiers eat?
Try some of these RECIPES
* Women Soldiers     (Short educational video on YouTube-  Very well done!)
* Confederate Soldiers
* Lengthy list of links to brief introductions to what daily life was like during the Civil War for people fighting the war, people on the homefront, slaves, etc…   Click HERE.

* Civil War Music    (Complete lesson plan)

* With Lee in Virginia by GA Henty    (Full Audiobook on YouTube)
* Short Biographies of Important People of the Civil War
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
* Virtual Museum Robert E. Lee    (from National Park Service)
* Union General Ulysses S. Grant
* Civil War Maps, Graphs, and Timelines

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
* Civil War Lapbook  from Homeschool Share
* Civil War Coloring Pages   (GREAT collection of American History coloring pages!)
* The Emancipation Proclamation  and Slavery in the South Continues
* The Battle at Fort Sumter   (The war begins)
* Black Soldiers of the Union
* Collection of Civil War clipart printables
* Confederate States Coloring Page
* Civil War Worksheets
* Jefferson Davis Coloring Page
*Note:  I have included these in the sections below also.
* Battle of Gettysburg Coloring Page  ,  Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, Speech
* Ulysses S. Grant ,  Robert E. Lee ,  Sherman,  Appomattox Court House  Coloring Pages

+Day 2:  The Homefront- South

*Daily Life in the South during the war:
* Daily Life in the South    (Mr. Donn’s History Page with lots of other links!)
* The Southern Homefront
* Hardships on the Southern Homefront    (and we think chicken is expensive these days!)
A child’s perspective of the war in the south
War Through the Eyes of a Child   (Short entry from the diary of Carrie Berry)

* Women and the Civil War
* Encouraging Hearts, Strengthening Hands:  Women Support the Confederate War Effort  (Short YouTube video with nice sketches and photos)
* Women at home and SPIES!?!
* Rose O’Neal Greenhow
* Sally Tompkins   (Confederate Nurse)

*  Short Biographies from the South    (PBS)
* Lengthy list of links to brief introductions to what daily life was like during the Civil War for people fighting the war, people on the homefront, slaves, etc…   Click HERE.

*Recipes from the South: Most people living in slavery in the South would only have received a very small allowance of corn meal and a few other rations to cook with from their masters.  Cornbreads and other recipes including cornmeal were common.  Some slaves were allowed to grow small gardens or raise a small number of chickens.  Here are some meals that Addy and her family would have eaten that you might like to try!
*Note:  There is a link for a simple, lined paper printable recipe page that you might like to include in this unit under the coloring pages section below.   🙂
–  Collards & Corn Bread  from A Taste of Southern
(*Note:  If you are a fan of Southern Cuisine, this is THE website.  I grew up in eastern North Carolina, and these recipes are just like I remember them!   Spot on!   I love many antedotes and personal family stories that are shared here as well!  )
Sweet Potato Pone
Hoppin John    (Recipe & a short history)
Grits   OR  Fried Grits
* Some other fun Civil War Recipes to try … and more HERE
* Book of Confederate “Recipts”   (scroll down to read some fascinating recipes!)

*The War comes close:
* The South at Home
* Vicksburg Virtual Museum Exhibit   (National Park Service)
* Battle of Vicksburg
* The Union Siege at Vicksburg    (Approx. 3 minute video from the History Channel)
* Vicksburg….and why it was so important!

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
* Printable Recipe Pages
* General Robert E. Lee
* General Lee & Traveler

+Day 3:  The Homefront- North

*Daily Life in the North during the war:
* Daily Life in the North   (Mr. Donn’s History page with lots of links!)
* On the Homefront      (YouTube Video- approx. 10 minutes)
* Lengthy list of links to brief introductions to what daily life was like during the Civil War for people fighting the war, people on the homefront, slaves, etc…   Click HERE.
* Short Biographies from the North   ( PBS)

* Women on the Homefront
(Includes some daily habits and diary excerpts which always make history so vivid !)
* Nurses and Spies on the Homefront!
* The Diaries of Emilie Davis  and a video about the discovery of her diary HERE
(This girl would have grown up similarly to Addy in Philadelphia)
* Elizabeth Blackwell  and  The Sanitary Commission
(The list of recognizable names here is amazing!  Louisa May Alcott, Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix.  I love when the years of “history pieces” come together and make one big picture!  )
* Sanitary Fairs    (Brief overview)
* The Sanitary Fairs of the Civil War
* Note:  Clara Barton will be covered in Science: Week 3- Civil War Medicine

*Recipes from the North:
* When Addy and her family escaped to freedom in Philadelphia, Addy was surprised by how different the food was!  Church socials would have included some delicious new treats !! *Note:  There is a link for a simple, lined paper printable recipe page that you might like to include in this unit under the coloring pages section below.   🙂
–  Chicken Shortcake  and other AG Recipes from  A Peak Into the Pantry   (So CUTE!)
–  Potato Salad
Peach Cobbler
Applesauce Cookies
Gingerbread     (and lots of other recipes to try!)
* Recipes from Gettysburg
* Union Recipes

*The War comes close:
* The Days of Darkness:  The Gettysburg Civilians   (YouTube video-  43 minutes)
* Virtual Tour of Life at Gettysberg  and also  HERE  from the NPS
* The Battle of Gettysburg
* Lee at Gettysburg    (short video from The History Channel)
* The Gettysburg Address     ( Just the speech (very well done!!) and  with great visuals! )
* The Gettysburg Address    (simple introduction and speech)
* Virtual Tour of Gettysburg
* The Civil War:  The Gettysburg Address    (YouTube excerpt from Ken Burns’ Film-  PBS)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
* Printable Recipe Page 
* Battle of Gettysburg
* Lincoln & the Gettysburg Address
* Lincoln and the Troops
* Clara Barton
* Elizabeth Blackwell
*Free printable Gettysburg Address copy work pages  from Proverbs 22:6 Academy
* Gettysburg Address printable

+Day 4: The War Ends !

* The Battle of Appomattox
* Surrender at Appomattox
(From DK-  Click on the generals name’s on the bottom of the picture for more information) * Robert E. Lee Biography
* Ulysses S. Grant Biography
* Appomattox Courthouse
(YouTube video (about 6 minutes) from North and South movie)
* The Civil War Ends!   (3 short videos from the National Park Service)
* Appomattox Courthouse     (Quick lesson plans)
–  Elementary Lesson Plan    (includes power points & lots of other links!)

* Lincoln Assassination

* What is Juneteenth ?   or  The Importance of Juneteenth
* Juneteetnth !    (YouTube video-  about 4 minutes)

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
* 7 – Ulysses S. Grant coloring pages
* General Grant
*  Robert E. Lee coloring page
* Grant and Lee Meet
* Generals Grant & Lee at Appomattox
*  Lee Surrenders
* The War is Over
* Juneteenth  Printables  from Enchanted Learning

+Day 5:  Moving On! A New South

* A New Birth of Freedom:  Reconstruction
(Be sure to click through the additional links on the left)
* Reconstruction   and  The Reconstruction Act
(Mr. Donn’s History Pages & LOTS of links to keep reading!)
* Civil War Reconstruction
*  Reconstruction    (short video from
* The Exodusters: The Geography of Hope
(A complete history and lesson plans from PBS)

* Moving West !
* Nat Love * The Life and Adventures of Nat Love
(Full/Free Audiobook on YouTube.
*Disclaimer:   I have NOT listened to the whole recording (though what I did listen to was really good!!)
You can read it HERE    if you’d prefer!   This is a fun read, written by Nat Love himself, and includes nice sketches as well!
* Sojourner Truth       (Biography and LOTS of activities, links, and printables….be sure to scroll  ALL the way down to the bottom! )

Coloring pages to use for notebooking, lap booking, etc…. or just for fun!
* Reconstruction Coloring Page
* Sojourner Truth ,  Page 2

*If you’d like to read the rest of the Addy series, I’ve included them below (these are affiliate links  🙂

Reading Comprehension Think!

*Reading Comprehension Ideas:
Show what you know!  

*The American Girl website has some nice worksheets including comprehension questions.  You will also find some free printable activities as well.
*This AG loving mom has lists of comprehension questions for lots of the books in the historical AG series.  You will also find tons of other ideas for ADDY here too !   

* You can find interactive quizzes for many American Girl Doll books, including the  series of Addy books.

* Keep a running list in a notebook of important people, important places,  important events, and important ideas as you study this period of time. 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? Notebooking ,  Lapbooking , and Folders Templates

* This family made a book report poster from the Kristen series, but you could easily just adapt this by adding to the poster what we study each week for Addy.

* Try making a  diorama.   HERE are some printables to help with the characters you may want to include and step by step instructions.

* Find whatever creative outlet that excites your kids!  
Maybe they could make a video about some aspect of the Civil War.  Perhaps a How-To video for cooking a Civil War Era recipe…or a How-To Play for some of the games…or a recital of music from that era.  Whatever they love to do, find a way to use it to show what they know!

* 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!


*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 it all.  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.
*Vocabulary Lists:

*Week 1:
1. plantation     2. overseer      3. auction     4. yankee     5. Rebel     6. cotton gin    7. rhythm          8. gourds            9. spirituals    10. witness

*Week 2:
1. nation                2. shackles        3. the Union    4. the Confederate     5. reunite     6.secede
7. abolitionist      8.  segregate     9. equality     10. the Quakers

*Week 3:
1. blockade     2. emancipation     3. proclamation     4. regiments     5. patriotic     6. duty             7. enlist            8. jubilation               9. mourn                10. reconstruction

*Copy Work/Narration ideas-      
*Week 1:

* This week’s Scripture verses-
*Hebrews 11:1-3 and 7 … (Hebrews Chapter 11)           * 2 Corinthians 5:7          *John 6:47
* Romans 5: 1-5                                                                            *Ephesians 2:8                 *Psalm 37:5-6

* Abraham Lincoln Quotes Copywork Printable from Mama’s Learning Corner  

* Spirituals-
(*You may want to point out the way some words have been written as spoken and aren’t spelled correctly.)
–  Wade in the Water      –  Steal Away –  Go Down Moses         –  The Gospel Train

*Week 2:

* This week’s Scripture verses-
*James 1:2-4              * Romans 4:20          *Hebrews 10:38-39          *1 Timothy 6:12    *Jeremiah 29:11       *Mark 11:22               *Romans 8:24-25

*Did you try one of the cooking activities this week?
Copying recipes is a fantastic exercise. Here is a  Printable Recipe Page  you might like to use.

* John Greenleaf Whittier Copy Work Printables
– Whittier Poems
–  Notebooking Page from Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies

* Harriet Beecher Stowe Quotes

*Week 3:
* This week’s Scripture verses-
*John 8: 32-36               *Galatians 4: 6-7                *John 3:16            *2 Timothy 1: 9-10       *Ephesians 2: 4-10       *Galatians 5: 1, 13

The Gettysburg Address Copywork Printables  from Proverbs 22:6 Academy
(This is done really well…broken down into small portions to copy and discuss….manuscript print)

Emancipation Proclamation (could also be used in week 1) Printable

Clara Barton Quotes

*Grammar ideas-

* Here’s a website of very short daily grammar reviews
Fun Grammar  offers interactive online games, and Education World has fun editing worksheets.

* 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.

* This is a great unit to include a discussion of ‘slang‘.   The vocabulary in many of the readings, songs, and recipes is often strange to both the eyes and the ears.   Here are some fun ways to help gain a better understanding !
Civil War Slang
Civil War Slang Lesson Plan

*Writing Ideas-
* Week 1-

* Listen to Follow the Drinking Gourd again. The songs of the slaves held very deep meaning.  Some of the songs reminded them of their lives before being sold into slavery, some encouraged them to keep their faith in God and in their future freedoms, and some even hid secret messages !   Try writing one of your own songs…it could be a song of hope or a song with a secret message!

* Week 2-

* War Letters Home
– Try writing a letter from the perspective of a soldier.  Remember to use everything you’ve been learning!  You could talk about a battle you were just in, a famous person you may have met, or what you had been eating.   You can read some more samples HERE 
* Civil War Letters    (Lesson Plan for Writing Activities from Mr. Donn)
* Printable Civil War Era Envelopes & Stationary

* Week 3-

*  Reread some of the diary entries of Carrie Berry  or watch the short video about Emilie Davis and her diary HERE.  Many people wrote diaries to record their thoughts and struggles during the Civil War era.   They have left us with so many vivid descriptions of what life was like for people living in that time.  You may like to go back and read Imagine you are a child in 1865 and learning that finally the awful war has ended.
* Lesson Plan on Civil War Diaries    (includes printable activity pages)
* Civil War Themed Lined Pages    (FREE Printables)

Heart Bible


*Bible Idea: FAITH

*Week 1: Faith, Through Belief   (Noah)
*Week 2: Faith, Through Perseverance    (Joseph)
*Week 3: Faith, Through Love     (Jesus)

The number 1

*Week 1: Faith, Through Belief   (Noah)

As we start our study of Addy and the time in history which she lived, you may be feeling a little sad.  Some of the stories you read show just how awful and cruel people were to one another.  This may make you feel angry or even afraid.
Do you think Addy felt this way too?
But wait!   Don’t be discouraged!
Addy and many other African Slaves had something that helped them to have HOPE in their lives even when what they could see around them looked very hopeless.
Do you know what they had? FAITH!

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for.   It is being sure of what we do not see.”
( Hebrews 11:1)

Religion was a very important part of life.  You will read about the hymns and songs that the slaves sang to encourage one another as they worked.   You will hear how God sent many people to help them along the path to freedom, and how He lead them miraculously through the dark  to safety.
Do you know that God even used the quilts the women sewed in a pretty amazing way?
So though their circumstances were pretty awful, they were filled with faith in God and therefore filled with hope!

Can you feel a little bit of the hope rising up  in your heart too ? 

Faith is bigger than what we can SEE !!! There’s so much to discover!  Even if you only have a tiny bit, God sees it!  And He LOVES what He sees !! He will take the little bit of faith you have and make it multiply into a giant faith that can change the world !
As you study this unit, I hope that you will learn how GOOD God is, even in the midst of hard times when you can’t see what He is doing.
I hope that your faith will grow like a beautiful, big tree, and that you will be strong and filled with hope ! I am praying for you as I am writing!


* Short Intro to the topic of FAITH
* Faith                                    (Lesson)
* Story of Noah–  Noah is a great example of having faith in what God has said even if you can’t see what is ahead !   Imagine the faith it took to build a giant ship on dry land while everyone who passed by came to laugh at and mock Noah!
* Noah and the Ark             (Lots of activities and printables from Garden of Praise)

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

*Hebrews 11:1-3  and 7 … (Hebrews Chapter 11)         * 2 Corinthians 5:7            *John 6:47
* Romans 5: 1-5                                                                           *Ephesians 2:8                   *Psalm 37:5-6

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

* What is faith?
* Where does faith come from?
* Is faith just a feeling?
* Why is it important to have faith in the right things (person)?
* How can we be sure about something when we can’t see it?
* What are some things you believe in but cannot see?
Why are you sure those things exist?
* What is the difference between faith and hope ?
* Tell someone about a time that you showed faith.
What happened ?
Ask them to tell you about a time when they showed faith.
* Does acting in faith always make sense?
* Think about the stories we’re reading in the Scriptures this week.
What are some of the things Noah did that showed his faith in God?
*Which Scripture did you like the most this week?
(*NOTE:  You may like to start a Bible journal this week if you don’t already keep one.  One way that God speaks to us is through the Scriptures.  If one sticks out to you while you’re reading, try writing it down in a special notebook so you will remember it!)


* Faith Object Lessons
–  Real Faith!
– 4 Faith Object Lessons
– Faith Object Lesson

* Faith Lesson Ideas
* Lesson on Faith  (classroom oriented)
*Write in your Bible Journal !
HERE are some fun examples to get you started !
* Noah – Noah Builds an Ark
(Gen. 5:28-6:22…Story, Lesson, and some fun object lessons…see *Activities* below for coloring pages and printables that go with this lesson )
Stories From the Bible – Noah’s Ark                   (YouTube Video about 25 minutes) – Noah Paper Plate CraftNoah Science Experiment
(This is a good craft to keep as a reminder  that  God ALWAYS keeps His promises…therefore, we can always put our faith in Him.)


* ‘By Faith‘                        (YouTube with lyrics)
* ‘I Lift My Hands’          (YouTube Chris Tomlin)

* Coloring/Activity Pages-

* Faith Coloring Page
( I just LOVE these pages from His Sunflower !!!   Also, she has some lovely Bible Studies on her blog…just in case you’re looking. )
* Noah Builds an Ark
(Coloring pages & other printables- See *Reading* above with same name for a corresponding lesson)
*Noah Coloring Pages & Printables
Noah Coloring Pages and Printables  
* Noah Coloring Pages
*If you’d like extra coloring pages or printable activities to go along with any of the stories from the scriptures listed above, you can find them here:


*Week 2: Faith, Through Perseverance    (Joseph)

When Addy ran away in the night to escape to the North, I’m sure she was afraid and needed faith to believe that God would guide her to safety.
But that wasn’t the end of her story, her family’s story,  or the stories of the thousands of other slaves still in bondage.  They needed faith to rise up in their hearts every day.  They needed to remember the hope they had as they worked in the fields with hungry bellies and hearts full of sadness and frustration and fear.   They needed to persevere in faith !


*The Story of Joseph
(Activities, printables, quizzes…from Garden of Praise)
Joseph’s Brothers
( The rest of the story  🙂  With all of the above printables)
*Joseph Sold into Slavery
(Gen. 37:3-36…Story, Lesson, and some fun object lessons…see *Activities* below for coloring pages and printables that go with this lesson )
* Joseph & Potiphar
(Genesis 39:1-23…Story, Lesson, and some fun object lessons…see *Activities* below for coloring pages and printables that go with this lesson )
*Joseph in Prison
(Genesis 40-41:57…Same idea as above)
*Jacob Moves to Egypt          (
Genesis 45:17- 50:26…. same as above)
*PERSEVERANCE Bible/Character Study
(from the Kirsten- Pioneer America Unit Study)

* Special note for the Mama’s on Perseverance <3


*James 1:2-4                  * Romans 4:20               *Hebrews 10:38-39       *1 Timothy 6:12 *Jeremiah 29:11           *Mark 11:22                     *Romans 8:24-25

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

*What is perseverance?
*What does it mean to persevere in faith?
*How did Joseph persevere in his faith?
*Was God with Joseph when he was cruelly treated by his brothers?
Or when he was in prison unfairly?
*What happened at the end of Joseph’s story?
*What do you think the slaves Hope really was ?
Do you think it was freedom or something more?
How could they keep going and not give up?

*Romans 14:8-9 says, ” If we live, we live to honor the Lord. If we die, we die to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  Christ died and came back to life. He did this to become the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
*What do you think this means?
*How could this Scripture be encouraging ?
*Which Scripture did you like the most this week?
(Remember to write it down if you’re keeping a journal!)


*Joseph Crafts
(Though designed for younger kiddos, there are some activities  that would be fun for anyone!  )
* Joseph Sold into Slavery
(Coloring pages & other printables- See *Reading* above with same name for a corresponding lesson)
* Joseph & Potiphar
(Coloring pages & other printables- See *Reading* above with same name for a corresponding lesson)
* Joseph in Prison
(Same as above   🙂   )
* Jacob Moves to Egypt
( Same as above )

* Songs-  

*Never Be Shaken
*You Make Me Brave (kids video)   OR  just the song You Make Me Brave
*In the End

*Coloring Pages-

*Perseverance Coloring Page
*Note:  There are LOTS of coloring pages are found in the *Activities* section this week.

*Week 3: Faith, Through Love     (Jesus)

Even after the war ended and the slaves were set “free”, life was still quite hard for them.   There were new laws made in the country to help the slaves gain their freedom, but laws can not change people’s hearts.
Many people who had owned slaves were angry about the new laws and so they made life very hard for the freed people. It was almost impossible to find work, and homes, and land.
Do you think they gave up? No way!!
Many of these brave people still had, you guessed it, faith.
They knew that in reality, Christ had already set them free long, long ago and He would keep guiding them until they could see it!
What do I mean Christ already set them free?
Did you know that we are ALL slaves until we know Jesus?   Not like the slaves we have been reading about in this study, but we are slaves to things like sin, and fear, and death?

But there’s GOOD NEWS!
Many of the slaves knew this good news all those years ago, and so they waited patiently and endured all the bad things that were happening to them, and they kept hoping and believing and having faith.
What’s the good news? Do you already know?
It’s LOVE!
Did you think I was going to say Jesus?
Well, you’re right.  It’s the INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, UNENDING, ENORMOUS LOVE of Jesus. Why is that good news? Because His love for ALL people is so big,  that He chose to come to earth and make a way for everyone to be SET FREE !!!  He set us all free from sin, and fear, and death FOREVER!
Are you excited about that?   Me too !!  It’s really GREAT news, I think!


*The story of the slavery of the Israelites really illustrates so well that God has a plan for His people for all time and He WILL carry it out throughout history .  This would be a good lesson to tie everything together and point to the ultimate deliverer, Jesus Christ!
*The Slavery of the Israelites
(Exodus…Story, Lesson, and some fun object lessons…see *Activities* below for coloring pages and printables that go with this lesson )
*The Exodus           (See above note!)
*Jesus Gives Freedom
*The Good News for Kids
(YouTube- about 2 minutes)

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

*John 8: 32-36                      *Galatians 4: 6-7                  *John 3:16            *2 Timothy 1: 9-10           *Ephesians 2: 4-10              *Galatians 5: 1, 13

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

*What is the “good news” ?
*How does knowing the good news give you more faith?
*What do we mean when we say that everyone is a slave before they know Jesus?
*What does it mean to be a slave to something (not a person)?
*When is a time you felt like a slave to something?
*How did it make you feel when it was in your life?
*How does Jesus set us free so we aren’t slaves anymore?
*Have you ever been set free from something?
*How does that make you feel?
*Which Scripture did you like the most this week?
*What part of this study do you remember the most?


*The Slavery of the Israelites        (Coloring pages, activity pages, printables)
*The Exodus
*Freedom Object Lesson                 (from Nail Scars)


*I Am Free 
*No Longer Slaves
*I Am Set Free
*Freedom Reigns
*Good News !                          (Just because it’s so sweet <3  )

*Coloring & Activity Pages-

*A whole collection of Scripture coloring pages
from a beautiful blog, Bible Stories From the Heart  

*Count It All Joy Coloring Page
(Another great encouragement for homeschooling families… The Flanders Family )

*LOTS of coloring pages are found in the *Activities* section this week.

Frog in Pond


*Science Ideas:

*Week 1:  Amazing Inventions- Samuel Morse
*Week 2:  Constellations
*Week 3:  Civil War Medicine

The number 1

*Week 1: Amazing Inventions

Addy lived during a time of some amazing inventions!
There were so many new ways to communicate!  Imagine life without the telephone, or texting, or television, or the internet! News travels very fast these days.
In the early 1800’s, it took a long time for people to hear from their friends and families who didn’t live nearby.  Imagine how exciting the invention of the telegraph was!
Do you think this was like the very first “internet” or the first “texting” ?

* Reading-

* Morse Code & the Telegraph
–  Communication
(This is a sweet, true story about how important communication is!)
–  Samuel Morse
(Unit Study from  DIY Homeschooler .  One of my favorite sites! )
–  History of the Morse Code     and   The History of the Telegraph    (Short YouTube videos)
Invention of the Telegraph
The Telegraph and Lincoln                 (short video from PBS)
Learn Morse Code                                   (Interactive)
Electric Messages Then and Now     (Lesson Plan with student printables)

* Discovering & Doing-

* Communication Activities     (Lots of fun ideas & activities)
* See & Hear Morse Code          (YouTube Video)
*  Change any text to morse code with this text converter!!!    HERE
* Morse Code Game                    (from TerraX )
* Morse Code Activity

* Coloring Pages-

* Samuel Morse
* Samuel Morse & his code
* Morse Code Printable from Crayola
* Samuel Morse  Notebooking Pages        (Printables from HomeschoolShare)

*Week 2: Constellations 

Addy and her family relied on the help of many along their dangerous escape to freedom.  There were secrets hidden in quilts, hidden in songs, hidden in the light of the lanterns at night, and even hidden in the stars!!

* Reading-

– Follow the Drinking Gourd
(Short YouTube video about how slaves escaping to freedom may have followed constellations to safety)
‘Zoo in the Sky’                             (YouTube Read Aloud-  well done)
Constellations for Kids              (Short YouTube video)
Constellations Webquest         (Good introduction and history)
Constellations and how they got their names
Constellations Lesson Plan

* Discovering & Doing-

* Constellations Printables
(From Only Passionate Curiosity  – LOTS of fantastic freebies here too!)
* SkyMap for Kids
(Might be a bit easier than the link below…printable maps)
SkyMap Online
(This is wonderful!  Find the constellations right now!)
Constellations Game 1 Constellations Game 2
* Constellation Viewers                               (From  Literary Hoots )
* Marshmallow Constellations                 (Um…YES!!  from Schooling a Monkey )
Make a Star Clock
* Constellations                                               (Fun song to learn about constellations)
* Watercolor Constellation Activity         (from School Time Snippets)
* Constellation Keychain Activity
* Constellation Activity                                  (From  Gift of Curiosity )
* Constellation Activities and Links

* Coloring Pages-

* Constellation Mini Book Printable       (from 123HomeschoolForMe)
* Big Dipper 
* Constellations
* Star Gazing Diary                                         (From Lie Back and Look Up)


*Week 3: Civil War Medicine

* Reading-

* Civil War Medical Care                         (Short Video from CyberSleuth Kids)
* Civil War Medicine                                 (Lesson Plan from National Park Service)
* A Day at the Doctor
(Video from CSpan-   very good visual of medicine during this era)
* Civil War Medicine                             (from the National Parks Service)
* American Civil War Medicine
* Civil War Medicine
* What was it like to be a patient during the Civil War ?
* The Civil War and Medicine            (pdf…includes good discussion questions)
* Civil War Medicine PodCasts
* Civil War Diseases

* Clara Barton National Historic Site   (This site has wonderful photos of Clara & her life !) *Clara Barton, NPS Virtual Tour,  and  Worksheets
* The Red Cross Starts
(click “enter” …which is in microscopic print…to begin!!)

* 5 Medical Innovations of the Civil War    ( from Mental Floss)

* Discovering & Doing-

*As we have learned, most of the deaths due to the war were caused by infection, not injuries.  Clara Barton worked tirelessly to educate on the importance of hygiene. Here is a chart that really puts it into perspective !  YIKES !

Death from wounds110,07094,000204,070
Death from disease249,458164,000413,458
Total deaths359,528258,000617,52

***This chart was taken from North Carolina Digital History .

Microorganisms !!!       ( Fun interactive site with info & games!)
Where Do Germs Grow in Your House experiment
(This one is scary!  lol  from Homeschool Den with a free printable to download! LOTS of other fun to be found on this site too!)
Magic School Bus Goes Inside Ralphie       (GERMS!!  full length video)
+ Companion activity from Scholastic – Germs!   (all kinds of ideas from A to Z Kids Stuff  )
Growing Bacteria from ScienceBob
– Fun game about Microorganisms
– A list of short videos for kids all about different aspects of germs, etc…

-Read this short essay on The Civil War Food & Disease  and/or What Did Civil War Soldiers Eat?   Also, HERE is a short YouTube video showing what rations would have looked at.

– Look at the Rations List found in the first essay (page 2).  Make a comparison chart of the typical rations given to a soldier and compare it to what is suggested for a healthy diet.  What is obviously missing ?  EEEKS!
Can you make a list of some of the diseases that the soldiers suffered from and what food might have had to do with it?  (Scurvy for example)
–  Hardtack was a staple in the soldier’s diet  (more details about hardtack found in the second essay)….  Try making some hardtack to try for yourself.
Here’s a recipe to try.
The recipe is about halfway through the page.
* Here is a short activity on Civil War Rations and Health from the National Park Service

* Coloring Pages-

* Foods & Vitamins Matching Page
*Microbe Comic Coloring Book  and Viral Attack from Ask a Biologist
* Clara Barton Activity Page 
* Clara Barton Paper Doll


 I Want to See the World

*Geography ideas-

*Week 1:  Africa
*Week 2: North Carolina
*Week 3: Pennsylvania
*Week 1:  Africa

*Geography of Africa
(Short YouTube video intro to the geography of Africa…very informative!  This is a great place to start! )
* Geography of Africa   and   Africa Today          (From Mr. Donn…TONS of links!)
* Africa Geography                                                       (Including a coloring page & word search)
* Our Africa
(This is an interactive to read, watch, and learn more about Africa….
***NOTE: This is from their website- “The Our Africa website is an evolving collection of videos of life in Africa, as seen through the eyes of young people across the African continent. ‘Our Africa’ lets children film their lives and countries – the way they see it. The site, a child’s eye view, is compiled by the orphan charity, SOS Children.”)

*Planet Earth Africa Landscapes            (Short YouTube Video- 6 min….BEAUTIFUL !)

+Mapping & Printables-

*Interactive Geography Games for Africa
*All About Africa                                             (TONS of printables from Enchanted Learning)
* Interactive Africa                                        (Interactive stories about Africa from PBS Kids)
* Africa’s Lands (Biomes) Coloring Sheet
* Africa Scavenger Hunt                             (From Starts at Eight)
*Easy Salt Dough Map of Africa
*Africa Coloring Pages

+Hands On-

* Play this fun Dice Game                          (From B-inspired Mama  )
* Create some African Neck Pieces
* Make a Mask!                                                (From The Chaos and the Clutter)
* Try some recipes: – Here’s a list of African Recipes from many countries
– OR you might like to try THESE  

+ 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.  

*Week 2:  North Carolina


*North Carolina Learning Links                                  (LOTS of links from Mr Donn)
* America’s Story: North Carolina
* North Carolina History                                                 (From A to Z Kid Stuff)

* Exploring NC Geography
* Mountain Drive                                                               (NC Tourism-  Short YouTube video)
* The Coast
* The Piedmont 
* NC Lighthouses

* The Wright Brothers                                                      (Hero Classics Video)
* Wright Brothers:Dreams Take Flight
* NC and the Civil War                                                      (Online exhibit)
* The Lost Colony of Roanoke                                      (Just for fun  😀 )
Vintage Coloring Book

+ Mapping & Printables-

* Enchanted Learning Printables for NC
* Draw & Write Notebooking Page
6 North Carolina Printables
* NC Coloring Pages
* Printables for NC
*Independence Hall Coloring Page

+Hands On-

* Make your own Wright Brothers Flyer
* Color some of the lighthouses found in NC
* Try fixin’ some Pimento Cheese               (Or another recipe from  Our State Magazine)
* Here are several craft ideas from the 3 different regions of North Carolina

*Week 3: Pennsylvania


*All About Pennsylvania
* 2 Minute Tour of Pennsylvania                            (YouTube video from Free School) *Pennsylvania Video                                                   (focus more on the culture and people of PA) *Click Through Tour of All Things Pennsylvania
* Virtual Tour of Historic Philadelphia
*PBS Kids Wilson & Ditch Diggin’ Philadelphia
**Note: Labeled Nashville, but trust me…it’s Pennsylvania!

* The Amish
*Stories from Pennyslvania History        (This is a collection of articles…not super lengthy, but a bit higher reading level is required…pretty much covers all of the Pennsylvania history high points.  It would be a good place to choose the articles that were most interesting to your child and read them together.  )

+Mapping & Printables-

*State Notebook Geography Pages
(From Harrington Harmonies …I may have gotten a little TOTALLY sidetracked by the Art units on this site!   LOVE THEM !!!)
*All About Pennsylvania                       (LOTS of mapping printables from Enchanted Learning) * Pennsylvania Printables
*State Map Lined Show What You Know Printable

+Hands On-

*Listen to “Just Plain Fancy” by Patricia Polacco
(A story about the Amish in PA)
* Make your own Kids Travel Guide to Pennsylvania! HERE is a sample video

*Try making some typical foods you might find in Pennsylvania.
Read THIS article first if you’d like or just jump in and try some of the recipes below!
– Here is a site with LOTS of recipes from the Amish.
Shoo Fly Pie   (no worries!  no flies !)
Homemade Pretzels
Easy Whoopie Pies
Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

* Read this article about Hex Signs and try this HEX SIGN CRAFT  or HERE

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




* Winslow Homer   ( A complete unit from Garden of Praise)
* Homer Art Lessons for Children     (This includes lots of Homer’s works all in one place)
* Winslow Homer: An American Artist    ( YouTube video about 5 minutes)
* Winslow Homer:  A Living Painting        (YouTube video from the Newark Museum)
* Homer Art Appreciation Study    (Printable)
* Homer’s Civil War Veteran: Battlefield to Wheat Field    (lesson plan)
* Virtual Coloring Page
* A Study of the Civil War Through Art
(for children) from the Smithsonian (Complete lesson plans)

* Make a painted story quilt about YOUR life.
HERE is a short video on just how to do it!
– Making Art Fun – a show what you know kind of printable
– Some more artist study ideas to use !
– Worksheet on How to Analyze a Artwork

*Misc. Recipes, Crafts, Activities, and other Fun Stuff

*Happy Birthday, Addy !
*Addy Saves the Day !
*Changes for Addy
*Abraham Lincoln and His Gingerbread Men
*Battle of Gettysburg Farina
*Hands-on Study of the Civil War  

*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.  :)

Remember to check out my favorite books for each of the unit studies HERE  or you can check my Pinterest “EXTRAS” boards for each unit HERE.

If you decide to purchase any of these extra books, I would appreciate it greatly if you could click directly to Amazon from one of my links.  Amazon will pay me a small commission for it, and it will NOT cost you anything additional.  This will help keep the rest of my content completely free !   THANKS FRIENDS !!

***Hope you have enjoyed the Addy Unit Study !
Check out Turn of the Century America,  Samantha’s Unit Study next!  










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