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The table below shows what week a resource is started and what week it is finished. Note that you may not use the resource for the entire duration of those weeks. In other words you may skip some of the "in between" weeks if a resource is used more than one week. Books with an asterisk are considered more optional than the other books listed. Put them in your book basket for extra reading, or choose them if you prefer them or they are easier to locate. They will also add extra content for a voracious reader. Videos, DVD's, CD's, computer games and activity books are always considered optional. ;-)

Use this list to plan your trips to the library, figure out which items you'd like to purchase and which books, movies, etc. you'd like to skip or substitute.

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Item

Week Started and Ended

Draw Write Now Book 3

1-7

History Pockets, Grades 1-3, Native Americans

1-7

Night Bird: A Story of the Seminole Indians

1

North American Indians

1-6

Seminole Children and Elders Talk Together *

1

Story Of The Usa Book 1 Student Explorers And Settlers

1-21

Wee Sing America Book and CD

1-34

Children’s Treasury of Virtues *

2-21

The Birchbark House

2

Hiawatha *

2

Cobblestone: The Ojibwa Indians of the Great Lakes

2

The Iroquois (Video)

2

The People of the Great Plains (Video)

3

If You Lived With the Sioux Indians

3

Germs Make Me Sick * (Science)

3

Plains Indians Punch-Out-Panorama

3

The Hopi (New True Books) *

4

If You Lived With The Hopi Indians

4

The Pueblo (Video)

4

Meet Kaya: An American Girl

5

Welcome to Kaya's World 1764 *

5

I Will Fight No More Forever (DVD)

5

If You Lived With The Indians Of The Northwest Coast

6

Land of the Eagle (DVD)

6

Miracle of the Scarlet Salmon (Video)

6

Northwest Coast Punch-Out Village

6

Tikta'Liktak An Eskimo Legend

7

The Inuit Ivory Carvers of the Far North

7

My Inuit Family from Canada (Video)

7

The Caribou and the Eskimo (Online – free PDF) *

8

Little Caribou *

8

Pipaluk and the Whales *

8

Why Don't Polar Bears Have Stripes? *

8

The Practically Perfect Pajamas *

8

Amazing Arctic Animals *

8

Tooga

8

Polar Bear Math

8

Polar Bear Arctic Odyssey (Video)

8

Polar Bear Patrol *

8

Snow Bear *

8

Iceland and Greenland (DVD)

9

This Country of Ours (Free Online Text)

9-33

The Discovery of the Americas

9

Leif the Lucky

9

Viking Treasure Chest (Kit)

9

Columbus

10

Where do You Think Your'e Going Christopher Columbus? * Either book or (Video)

10

Pedro's Journal

10

1492 *

10

Christopher Columbus (Video)

10

History Pockets: Explorers of North America

10-28

Ancient Inca (Video)

11

Ancient Maya (Video)

11

Discovering The Inca Ice Maiden *

11

Exploration and Conquest: The Americas After Columbus: 1500-1620

11

Ice Mummies. Frozen in Heaven (Video)

11

Lost Temple of the Aztecs: What it was Like When the Spaniards Invaded Mexico

11

Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires Inca (Video)

11

Secret of the Andes *

11

The Conquistadors and the Aztecs (Video)

11

The Corn Grows Ripe *

11

Cortés & Pizarro (Video)

12

Spanish Explorers (Video)

12

We Asked for Nothing: The Remarkable Journey of Cabeza de Vaca

12

Colonial America (Easy Make & Learn Projects)

13-32

If You Lived In Colonial Times

13

Jamestown, New World Adventure*

13

Pocahontas

13

Pocahontas and the Strangers *

13

Surviving Jamestown *

13

Where America Began (Video)

13

Jamestown (Video)

13

Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

13-22

History Pockets: Colonial America

13-22

Pilgrims (Learn All About, Grades 1-4)

14-15

History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colony

14-15

If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620

14

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims

14-15

Sarah Morton's Day *

14

Samuel Eaton's Day *

14

Three Young Pilgrims *

14

Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation *

15

Magic Tree House Research Guide: Pilgrims *

15

The Pilgrims of Plymouth (Video)

15

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War  (FOR PARENT / TEACHER, not child) *

14-15

The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689

16

Benjamin Franklin

16

Courage of Sarah Noble

16-17

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? *

16

Ben and Me *

16-17

Childhood of Famous Americans: Benjamin Franklin *

16-17

Benjamin Franklin (Video)

16

Witch Hunt: It Happened in Salem Village *

16

Roger Williams & Rhode Island (Video)

16

Settling the New World (Video)

16

Whales: An Unforgettable Journey (DVD)

16

William Penn & Pennsylvania (Video)

17

The Dutch & New Amsterdam (Video)

17

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares *

17

Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars: 1689-1763

18

The Matchlock Gun

18

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

18

Calico Captive *

18

The Sign of the Beaver * Book or (DVD)

19

If You Grew Up with George Washington

19

George Washington

19

George Washington’s Breakfast *

19

George Washington and the General's Dog *

19

Welcome to Felicity's world, 1774 *

19

American Adventures: True Stories from America's Past, 1770-1870 *

19-34

General George Washington (Video)

19

George Washington's Mother (Video)

19

Felicity - An American Girl Adventure (DVD)

19

Liberty's Kids (Computer Game)

20 (and as long as your child wants to play it)

If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution

20

Sam, the Minuteman

20

Can’t You Make Them Behave King George *

20

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? *

20

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? *

20

Johnny Tremain (Book or Video)

20-21

Toliver's Secret *

20-21

The Declaration of Independence (Video)

20

Emma's Journal: The Story of a Colonial Girl *

20

Hannah of Fairfield : Pioneer Daughters #1 *

21

Magic Tree House Research Guide: American Revolution *

21

Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? *

21

Phoebe the Spy *

21

Winter At Valley Forge *

21

1776 (DVD)

21

The Story of the U.S.A. - Book 2: A Young Nation Solves Its Problems

22-33

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

22

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution *

22

A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution *

22

We, The People

22

Carry on Mr. Bowditch

22-23

A New Nation (Video)

22

The History of American Government (Video)

22

Don't Know Much About the Presidents

23

Johnny Appleseed

23

History Pockets Moving West

23-34

The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed *

23

Melody Time (DVD)

23

Tall Tales & Legends Johnny Appleseed (Video)

23

Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark *

24

Childhood of Famous Americans: Sacagawea *

24

Sacagawea: Girl of the Shining Mountains *

24

How We Crossed the West : The Adventures of Lewis & Clark 

24

Lewis and Clark : A Prairie Dog for the President *

24

Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale *

24

Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West With Lewis and Clark

24

Lewis & Clark  : The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (DVD)

24

Meet Thomas Jefferson

24

Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark *

24

Sacagawea (Video)

24

The American Frontier (Video)

24

What's the deal?: Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase *

24

The Star-Spangled Banner

25

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key (Author), Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (Illustrator) *

25

Little House by Boston Bay

25

Abigail's Drum

25

The Scrambled States of America... and More Stories to Celebrate Our Country (Video)

25

A Pioneer Sampler

26-33

American Kids in History Pioneer Days *

26-33

If You Lived With The Cherokees *

26

Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears *

26

The Cherokee (Video)

26

Trail of Tears

26

Who Let Muddy Boots Into the White House?: A Story of Andrew Jackson

26

Robert Fulton: Boy Craftsman

27

A Head Full of Notions: A Story About Robert Fulton *

27

Eli Whitney: Cotton Gin Genius

27

Eli Whitney, great inventor *

27

Susan B. Anthony: Champion of Women's Rights *

27

America in the Time of Susan B. Anthony

27

Eli Whitney (Video)

27

Susan B. Anthony (Video)

27

A Day That Changed America: The Alamo

28

The Boy in the Alamo *

28

Welcome to Josefina's World 1824: Growing Up on America's Southwest Frontier (

28

Children of the Gold Rush

29

Gold Rush Dogs

29

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive *

29

Bees (Video)

29

Daily Pioneer Life (Video)

29

Oregon Trail (Computer Game)

30 (and as long as your child wants to play it)

If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon

30

Riding the Pony Express *

30-31

Westward To Home: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary *

30-31

Roughing It on the Oregon Trail *

30

Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl *

30

Time Travelers: How I Survived the Oregon Trail The Journal of Jesse Adams *

30-31

The Pioneer Journey Westward (Video)

30

Buffalo Bill

30

Going West: Trials and Trade-offs (Online PDF)

31

Welcome to Kirsten's World, 1854: Growing Up in Pioneer America *

31

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story

31

Sarah Plain and Tall (Video)

31

Abe Lincoln's Hat *

32

Our Kansas Home *

32-33

Meet Addy An American Girl

32

Slavery and the Underground Railroad: Bound for Freedom

32

Abraham Lincoln

32

If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln *

32

Up The Learning Tree *

32

Abraham Lincoln (Video)

32

A Ballad of the Civil War

33

Escape North! : The Story of Harriet Tubman

33

Welcome to Addy's World *

33

Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America

33

If You Lived When There Was Slavery

33

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad *

33

Harriet Tubman (Video)

33

George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist*

34

Man’s Slave Becomes God’s Scientist: George Washington Carver

34

The Long Way to a New Land

34

The Long Way Westward

34

George Washington Carver (Video)

34

 

 

 

 

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