Felicity- Colonial America Unit Study

American History Books for Colonial America Unit Study
 Colonial America-
(American Girl Felicity)
Unit Study

Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 ! 
Whatever experience has taught you about the drudgeries of studying history…toss it out !  This is an exciting, hands-on study of the birth of our country.  We will be discovering what life was like during this time through the eyes of Felicity Merriman, an adventurous, outdoor loving young girl growing up in bustling colonial Williamsburg.  We will read her stories, learn about her family, explore life in a colony divided by friends both Loyalists and Patriots, practice having high tea and ballroom dancing, and lots more!  Read on!

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

*Week 1:  Introduction to Felicity and Colonial America

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

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

3.   Review of the 13 Colonies
(Southern Colonies)

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

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

* Week 2:   A Day With Felicity

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

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

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

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

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

*Week 3: American Revolution!

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

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

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

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

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

* Quick Notes to Begin:

*The Felicity Unit introduces both the topic of life in colonial America as well as the American Revolution.   Though this unit is written for only a 3-weeks, it would be quite easy to spend A LOT more time on an in-depth study of this time period.   If you choose to work through all of the reading suggested and add in some of the projects it will take a bit longer to complete.  There are also many wonderful books that could supplement this unit.  I will list some of our favorites at the bottom of this section!  You can also find a Great Books List for this unit and my other American History units  HERE.

American Girl History Books for unit studies 

*Visit the Fields of Daisies Book Store
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(Or click on the images below)*

American Girl Felicity printables*60 Pages of Learning FUN!
-Weekly Planners
-Field Trip Ideas
-Copy Work Sheets
-Artist Study
-History Detective Pages
-Science Experiment Lab Sheets
-Bible Study Activities
-Lots more !

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*92 Pages- Just print & go!
Includes this entire unit study with
live links, week at a glance pages,
planners, printable note taking pages,
and lots more!

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You can also find more ideas for this unit (especially good for middle school and up) in this post from my Free History Curriculum series —->  
FREE Early American History Curriculum.

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*Colonial America – American Girl Felicity
*Southwest Frontier America – American Girl Josefina
*Pioneer America – American Girl Kirsten
*Civil War America – American Girl Addy
*1900 Turn of the Century America – American Girl Samantha

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*Additional Reading & Videos for study-



*Week 1:  Introduction to Felicity
                        and Colonial America

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

+Day 1:  Meet Felicity


* You Tube Video intros to life as a child in Colonial America-
This short video (about 8 minutes) features the characters that play Felicity & her friend Elizabeth in the Felicity movie, on a tour through historic Williamsburg.

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

* You may also like to either begin or end this unit with the
Felicity movie  (YouTube)- Felicity:  An American Girl Adventure
Or you can find it on YouTube:  Felicity:  An American Girl Adventure
OR you can buy the movie (click on image below)-

Colonial Williamsburg


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


*History Detective Activity  ( found in the Printable Pack) –  John Smith
– https://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/john_smith.php
(Interactive adventure game)
– https://youtu.be/xxcYNXtDoxU 
(short video introduction-  less than 2 minutes)
(more in depth video from Khan Academy)

*Note:   The Thirteen Colonies are covered in today’s Geography lesson

+Day 2:  Life in the New World

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

*Daily Life


(Daily Life)
(Daily Life for a colonist in the city)
(Daily Life for a colonist in the country)


(short video from Williamsburg)
(daily life for a colonial child)


(Interactive website)


(all about colonial life from Adams National Historical Park…. printables, activities, etc…)

+Day 3:  The Southern Colonies

– https://www.landofthebrave.info/southern-colonies.htm


– https://youtu.be/leqglZG8Af4 
(This is a nice short intro video- about 4 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?   v=j3KAOWye1AM&feature=share&list=PL9bDHRx3YbkV_rZLEF-eg8I6v080oCnS4&index=2
(A bit more advanced)


– http://13colonies5th.weebly.com/week-3-the-southern-colonies.html
(Some activities, topics to discuss, and an online test what you know)


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

* The Virginia Colony


(Reading and some nice pictures)
– http://www.historyisfun.org/learn/learning-center/colonial-america-american-revolution-learning-resources/american-revolution-lesson-plans-activities/colonial-life-lesson-plan/
(Companion lesson for the above reading)
– http://www.softschools.com/facts/13_colonies/virginia_colony_facts/2046/


– https://www.nps.gov/jame/learn/education/classrooms/historic-jamestowne-teachers-resource-guide.htm
(This is the teacher’s resource guide for Jamestown from the NPS…there are lots of activities here, including audio clips from famous settlers!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.)
(There are lots of links for more reading and other fun activities here)


*History Detective Activity (found in Printable Pack)-  George Wythe

+Day 4:  The Plantation Village

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


– http://www.scholastic.com/teachdearamerica/design_colonial.htm
(colonial Williamsburg homes)


– http://mdroots.thinkport.org/interactives/plantation/intro.asp
(build your own plantation!  )
– http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/history/panoramas.html
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-houses.htm
– http://www.memorialhall.mass.edu/activities/architecture/index.html
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/buildings_places_colonial_town.php
 (Places you might see around the village)

+Day 5:  At Home With the Colonial Family

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


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


(A Colonial Family & Community…super FUN web detective type game based on a real colonial family!  Includes video clips & lots of fun facts! )

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


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

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*Week 2:   A Day With Felicity

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


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

+Day 1:  Colonial Society

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


– http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/classes.cfm
(Social Classes)
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-society.htm
–  http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/manners/rules2.cfm
(George Washington’s Rules of Civility)
– http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/colonialclothing.html 
(clothing & society)
( Men’s Clothing)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/womens_clothing.php
(Women’s Clothing)
– http://714185960117968788.weebly.com/clothing-in-the-colonies-children.html    (clothing)


– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vq5gms99mo
(Felicity taking tea scene)


–  http://memorialhall.mass.edu/activities/dressup/index.html
(clothing & printables)
– http://www.history.org/history/clothing/intro/index.cfm
(clothing & printable paper dolls)
(society ladies)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/01-Early-American-Society/early_american_society-04.htm
(colonial couple)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/01-Early-American-Society/early_american_society-06.htm  
(society in colonial America)

*History Detective Activity  ( found in the Printable Pack)-  Patrick Henry 
– http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/bios/biowythe.cfm?s=10
– https://youtu.be/45Kk2dad2yI      (Liberty’s Kids Video-  about 28 minutes)
– https://www.ducksters.com/history/american_revolution/patrick_henry.php


+Day 2:   Work 

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


– http://www.history.org/almanack/life/trades/tradehdr.cfm
(colonial trades in Williamsburg)
– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/jobs_occupations.php
– http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/occupations.html
(colonial trades)
– http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-education.htm
– http://www.williamsburgkids.com/dailylife/chores.htm
– http://www.savorthedays.com/2014/04/colonial-activities-for-kids.html
(Silversmithing Activity)


– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/02-Early-American-Home-life/early_american_homelife-04.htm
(woman sewing )
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/04-Early-American-Jobs/early_american_jobs-01.htm
(general store)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/04-Early-American-Jobs/early_american_jobs-02.htm
(print maker)

+Day 3:  Play

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


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


– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/03-Early-American-Children/early_american_children-05.htm


+Day 4:  Colonial Food and Drink

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


(Good intro)
– http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/food/index.cfm
– http://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/whats-dinner
– http://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/growing-food
– http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodcolonial.html 
(lots & lots of links)


– http://www.historyisfun.org/annas-adventures.htm
(Scroll down to Anna’s Adventures:  Pick and Pickle)
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/recipes.html
(lots of links & recipes)
– https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Revolutionary-War-Recipes-625117
(Freebie from Teachers Pay Teachers…Revolutionary War Recipes)
(Holiday Food & Drinks (and decorations too!)


– http://recipes.history.org/recipeindex/
(video demo of cooking in colonial times)
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOWpzR0b6Ko
(colonial cooking demo from Williamsburg)


– http://www.historyisfun.org/pdf/annas-adventures/AnnasAdventures_Food_4pages.pdf
(activity sheets & directions on some food preservation recipes to try yourself!)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Early-American-Life/02-Early-American-Home-life/early_american_homelife-01.htm

+Day 5:  Slavery

* Note:
 If you will be working through all of the AG Units, this topic will be covered in a lot more depth in the Addy Unit Study  !

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


– http://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/slavery.php
(Good Introduction to this topic)
(Colonial African Americans)


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


– http://www.wartgames.com/themes/american/slavery.html
(slavery in the southern colonies)
– http://www.history.org/kids/visitus/colonialPeople/slave.cfm
– http://www.history.org/kids/visitus/colonialPeople/slave2.cfm
(animated stories from colonial Williamsburg site for kids)


(A complete lesson plan on slavery including printable activities…more in depth) 

American Girl Unit Study Week 3




*  Week 3:  Revolution!

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


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

+Day 1:  A Tea Party & A Midnight Ride

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

*History Detective Activity  (found in the Printable Pack)-  George Wythe
– http://thehistoryjunkie.com/george-wythe-facts/ 
(facts in bullet points  🙂 )
–  https://youtu.be/IqVP2IiwuV4
(Home video of “George Wythe” at Colonial Williamsburg)
– https://www.dailypress.com/news/92875025-132.html
(Take a virtual tour of George Wythe House)

  • The Boston Tea Party


– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/bostonteaparty.html 
(brief intro & lots of links)
– http://mrnussbaum.com/history-2-2/btparty/


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

+School House Rocks!
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBBTF0Wg7dY


(fun interactive activity)


– http://morethanahomeschoolmom.com/2015/03/20-resources-for-teaching-about-boston.html
(20 Resources for teaching about the Boston Tea Party!)

  • The Midnight Ride


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


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


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

+Day 2:  War!  At Home & At Camp

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

(brief facts about what it was like to be a soldier in the Revolutionary War)
– http://www.revolutionarywararchives.org/landon.html
(short bio about a young drummer in the Revolutionary War)
– http://ncpedia.org/history/usrevolution/soldiers
(life of a soldier)
– http://www.history-of-american-wars.com/revolutionary-war-soldiers.html
(more detailed reading about the life of both British & Colonial soldiers)
– http://allthingsliberty.com/2013/02/top-10-facts-about-british-soldiers/
(British soldiers)
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/women.html 
(Women of the Revolutionary War)


– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxtQXUnOdVA  
(Liberty’s Kids,  The Shot Heard Around the World )
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ikO6LMxF4&feature=related
(School House Rocks!   🙂  )


– http://www.earlyamerica.com/shot_heard.htm
(short audio with nice drawings)
– http://www.fifeanddrum.army.mil/kids_fife_drum.html
(music during the war…would be good to read along with the bio of the drummer above)


– http://www.historyisfun.org/PDFbooks/Life_of_a_Private.pdf
(scroll through to read about & find activities for what it was like to be a young soldier in the war… there is a list of their rations that is quite interesting!)
– http://www.usa-printables.com/Events/Revolution/02-revolt-006.htm
(Coloring pages)

*History Detective Activity  (found in Printable Pack)-  John Murray, Lord of Dunmore
– http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/bios/biowythe.cfm?s=10

+Day 3:  George Washington

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


– http://mrnussbaum.com/presidents/georgewashington/
(GW Biography & links)
(GW from Williamsburg website)
(GW’s life in brief timeline)
– http://revolution.mrdonn.org/newyork.html
(New York, New York  & links)


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


– http://www.mountvernon.org/virtualtour  
(Lovely virtual tour of Mt. Vernon)


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

+Day 4:  The Turning Point

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


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


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

+Day 5:  Surrender !

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


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


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

*If you’d like to finish reading the series of Felicity books, you can find links to them below.   If you click on and  purchase any of these books, I receive a small commission from Amazon.   This helps all my units be FREE!  As always, I won’t include anything I don’t love 🙂  Thank you for supporting Fields of Daisies !



Reading Comprehension Think!

*Reading Comprehension Ideas:  Show what you know!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


*Language Arts/Grammar Ideas-

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

*Vocabulary ideas-

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

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

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

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

*Vocabulary Lists:

*Week 1:
1.  colony       2. colonists         3. Patriots       4. Loyalists    5. apprentice
6. tax               7. plantation      8. gentry          9. independence    10. wharf

*Week 2:
1. loyal                2. minuet                 3. widow               4. tallow               5. carding
6. tavern            7. milliner                8. epidemic         9. shackle           10. freemen

*Week 3:
1. delegates     2. rebellion        3.  regulars            4. minutemen      5. hardtack
6. courage        7. victory            8. defeat                 9. trenches           10. revolution

*Copy Work/Narration ideas-      

*Week 1:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

*Grammar ideas-

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

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

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

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


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

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


Heart Bible 

*Bible Study:

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

I also have covered this topic in even more detail in the Civil War (American Girl Addy) Unit Study.  You may like to grab some ideas there to add to your discussion and activities!   You can find it –>  HERE !

American History Books Civil War

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*Week 1:   What is Freedom?


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

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

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

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

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

The revelation in our hearts of God’s beautiful, loving, perfect plan for humanity builds a solid foundation for being able to see what it is that separates us from seeing this plan happening in our own lives.  “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness…”
The feeling that comes when you understand that you have truly been set free from this world by Love is incomparable!!   <3

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

*Ideas to Think about & Discuss-

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

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

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

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

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

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


(Freedom in Christ object lesson)

(Freedom object lesson)

(I Am Free- Hillsong Kids….this is a super fun, get-moving kind of song!)

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

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

american girl unit study week 3

*Week 2:  Slavery, the Opposite of Freedom


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

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

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

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

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

*Coloring & Activity Pages-

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

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

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

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

American Girl Unit Study Week 3

*Week 3:  Free !!


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

*Related Scriptures for Further Reading-

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

*Ideas to Think About & Discuss-

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

* Coloring/Activity Pages-

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

(Romans 8: 1-12  coloring & activity sheets)

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

Frog in Pond




*Colonial Unit Science Ideas:

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

american girl unit study

*Week 1:   Medicine in Colonial Times


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

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

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

(Reading from the Colonial Williamsburg site)

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

+Discovering & Doing-

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

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

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

+Coloring Pages-

– http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/basil/
– http://www.edupics.com/coloring-page-spearmint-i27346.html
– http://www.gallowglass.org/jadwiga/herbs/Sage.GIF
– http://www.gallowglass.org/jadwiga/herbs/Rosemary.GIF
– http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MFbpZZBG3A0/TvSmOWukNuI/AAAAAAAAGPw/vJ66fmq6zwY/s1600/herbs-coloring-pages-5.gif
(Herb chart)


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*Week 2:   Colonial Foods Science


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

– http://www.therootbeerstore.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=3

+Discovering & Doing-

* Try making a batch of your own colonial non-alcoholic “ale” (root beer or ginger beer)
– http://whatscookingwithkids.com/the-biology-behind-the-bubbles-root-beer/
– https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/root-beer-science/    
(geared towards a classroom, but with clear directions & tons of ideas to incorporate lots of scientific principles!  )
(another very simple how-to recipe)

– Homemade Ginger Beer Recipe
– https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/root-beer-science/ 
– Or try this curative recipe from Wellness Mama

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

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

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

(Easy directions, quick results, brief scientific explanation)

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

American Girl Unit Study Week 3

*Week 3:  Spies & Secret Codes


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

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

– https://www.ducksters.com/history/american_revolution/spies.php
(Secret ciphers, codes, and spies of the American Revolution)

+Discovering & Doing-

* Try writing a hidden message with invisible ink!


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

– https://youtu.be/KOwC7_ciwOs
(Short video with explanations-  the same idea, using different ingredients)

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

– https://www.melissaanddoug.com/blogpost?postId=6-secret-codes-for-kids
More secret coding for kids to try !

* Here are some ideas for printables to record your experiments

 I Want to See the World







*Geography ideas-

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

american girl unit study

*Week 1:  The 13 Colonies

*Note:  If you feel this topic has sufficiently been covered already, you may prefer to focus on doing a state study of Virginia.  I have included some resources below for this, as well as some corresponding worksheets in the printable pack.


+ An Introduction
– http://13colonies.mrdonn.org

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

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

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


+Color the map of the colonies.  Talk about the distinction between the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies

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

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

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

+Hands On-

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

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

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

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

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

*Virginia State Study-

*Some short videos to learn more about the state of Virginia, then and now.
Brief history of Virginia   (about 3 minutes)
– See Southern Livings 10 Best Places to See in Virginia    (about 2 minutes)

Explore America’s Story Online-   State of Virginia 
(Interactive site with stories, games, and more !)

Virginia Unit Study         (from DIY Homeschooler)
TONS of great links for studying Virginia       (from The Homeschool Mom)
14 FREE pages of Virginia Printables !    (from 3 Boys and a Dog)

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*Week 2:  Political Cartoons, Flags
and Colonial America

*You may like to read –> this short article <–  on teaching American History creatively, including using things like political cartoons and flags !
(From The Inspired Homeschool)


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

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


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

+Hands On-

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

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

American Girl Unit Study Week 3

*Week 3:   Revolutionary War Battles


+ Use the reading from this week or read more details below:


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

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

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

+Hands On-

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

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

American History and Art

*History through Art- Portraits

ARTIST STUDY:   John Singleton Copley

John Singleton Copley Biography   (Khan Academy)   or a more in depth biography   HERE
The Children’s Book of American Biography:  John Singleton Copley
(Video- about 10 minutes)
Portraits and History  (Don’t worry, it’s more interesting than it sounds  🙂  )
Copley, Boy With a Squirrel    (Khan Academy Video-  about 5 minutes)

Study on Copley’s  Paul Revere, 1768     (Super interesting !)
– Lesson Plan with Discussion and Activities-  Making Portraits Walk and Talk 
– Think you can’t draw ?  Check out this step by step guide to drawing faces !
HERE    (from  Everyone Can Draw)
Expressive Self Portraits   (from one of my favorite art sites, Deep Space Sparkle !)
Self Portraits for Kids   ( from my other favorite art site,  Kitchen Table Classroom)
12 Creative Self-Portrait Art Projects   (from  Hello Wonderful)

Free Printable Artist Biography Books      (from  Kitchen Table Classroom)
Free Art Analysis Worksheet

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

 *Misc. Crafts, Cooking, & Creative Ideas-

*Here are just a few extra activities for each week.   But please keep checking back with the 
Felicity Colonial America page on Pinterest for LOTS of ideas pinned each week!

american girl unit study

*Week 1-

(This site has many history coloring pages)

(This is a very nice site with some great ideas for American history activities)

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

american girl unit study week 3

*Week 2-

* Give soap making a try !   Simple instructions…
– http://www.alcasoft.com/soapfact/history.html

* How about a quick (and yummy) science lesson ?  Make your own butter!
We did this activity for Thanksgiving one year and everyone (adults included) loved it !

* All kinds of fun games, crafts, & activities from American Girl.  They seem to be intended for use at “events”.  Not sure what that means.  I would assume they would be fine to use for ideas as long as you are not selling them or printing & distributing the worksheets.

American Girl Unit Study Week 3

*Week 3-

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

*Remember these unit studies are designed so that your family can enjoy them for
FREE anywhere there is internet access !  You don’t need any extra books for this unit.  However, 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
and you can check my Pinterest “EXTRAS” boards for each unit  

If you decide to purchase any of these extra books, I would appreciate it greatly if you could click directly from 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 !

American Girl Felicity printables

**And don’t forget to visit the Fields of Daisies Book Store
tab at the top of this page  (or click above)
for the companion  Colonial America Printable Pack  ! ***

**Hope you have enjoyed the Felicity Unit Study !
Enjoy the Frontier America,  Josefina Unit Study  next !  ***

American Girl Unit Study        Pioneer Activities for Kids

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17 Replies to “Felicity- Colonial America Unit Study”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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