History/SS

Time for an Adventure "Down Under!"

January 26 is Australia Day! One of my favorite homeschooling memories is the study unit the kids and I did on Australia, so this week I'll highlight some of the great resources we found.

All of the resources in this post (and a lot more!) are part of my Australia Resource Set. It's designed for ages 5 to 12 and includes about 4 week's worth of learning materials. 

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Language Can Change the World: A Lesson for Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King day is here again; and if your children are past elementary age, you're probably looking for a new and more challenging way to acknowlege this important event.  The Self-Evident Truth book series from Royal Fireworks Press explores a concept Dr. King knew well: language can change the world!

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History from a Different Perspective: Zinn Education Project

With Columbus Day approaching (Oct. 12), I've seen a lot of discussion lately about whether and how to acknowledge this controversial holiday. For homeschoolers who want to explore history from different perspectives, Zinn Education Project is an invaluable resource.

The following quote from the website will resonate with many homeschoolers and explain why this approach to history studies is important:

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Past/Present: a Game That Teaches History

Since tomorrow is July fourth, this week's resource focuses on American history. Past/Present is a free online game that takes students to a fictional New England town in the year of 1906.  The player takes on the role of either an immigrant worker or manager at the town's textile mill. Both characters must earn money to support their families and deal with the labor problems that are facing the mill.

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History Scribe: a way to present your history explorations!

I spent some time this morning helping a friend find some resources, and shared with her one of my favorite tools for learning history. History Scribe provides a way for your children to express what they've learned about history topics. The materials are a variation on lapbooking or notebooking, allowing the student to draw and write what they've discovered through reading or research. The elementary level books just have space for pictures and a few sentences of writing.

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Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site

This is a great website with tons of free resources for teaching history and social studies. There are sections on ancient civilizations, world history and American history. It includes lots of kid-friendly information pages. There are also many links to other informational websites. (The site is several years old, so there are some links that don't work anymore, but still a lot of good ones!) Other affiliated sites have free powerpoint presentations and clip art that can be very useful for unit studies.

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