American History 2 - The Progressive Era

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The Progressive Era 1890-1913 (7 weeks: weeks 11-17)

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Resources Item Type Weeks Used

Orphan of Ellis Island

 

The Orphan of Ellis Island
Reading level: Grade 5.5

This book got really good ratings and sounds like a great story. Check out the reviews on Amazon. I haven't read it yet, but plan to.

 

Fictional novel

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11-12

Kids on Strike

 

Kids on Strike!
Reading level: Grade 7.1 You can see a preview at Google Books.

Introduce your students to child labor and working conditions in the early 20th century. Photographs and illustrations help personalize the stories.

Non-fiction

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11-12

hannah's journal

 

Hannah's Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl
Reading level 5.2

Emily and Otter have enjoyed many of Marissa Moss's books. They have fun illustrations that look like they are hand drawn alongside handwritten journal style text.

ReaderReader

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11-12

The Moffats

 

The Moffats
Reading level: Grade 4.2

ReaderReader (optional)

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11-12

If you lived 100 years ago

 

If You Lived 100 Years Ago
Reading level 3.7

Learn what it was like to live at the beginning of the 1900's in a big city.

Picture book

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11

Coming to america

 

Coming to America: The Story of ImmigrationReading level 4.8

Fun illustrations and easy to read text introduce younger readers to immigration.

Picture book

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11

Harrison

 

Benjamin Harrison: Twenty-Third President (Getting to Know the Us Presidents)

Otter LOVES these books written and illustrated by Mike Venezia. Even my big kids read them all as older teens because the information is presented in such an engaging and easy to retain style.

All of the Venezia books I schedule in are optional for the president's study, but they are so fun, you might want to check out at least a few. Most libraries will have these books, so you probably won't need to purchase any.

 

FlagPresident book

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11
Just the Facts: The Emergence of Modern America: The Progressive Era movieDiscovery Streaming 11
 Dear America: Dreams in the Golden Country movie DVD or Discovery Streaming 11
Statue of Liberty worksheet printerPrintable (free) 11

Peppe the lamplighter

 

Peppe the Lamplighter
Reading level 4.3, Interest level 3-5

Check out the preview on Google Books.

This Caldecott Honor book is about a boy who gets a job as a lamplighter in New York's "Little Italy" around 1900.

ReaderPicture book

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12

Sailing Home

 

Sailing Home
Reading level 4.1, Interest level K-2

Four American children grow up on a ship between 1896 and 1910.

ReaderPicture book

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12

McKinley

 

William McKinley: Twenty-Fifth President 1897-1901 (Getting to Know the Us Presidents)

Otter LOVES these books written and illustrated by Mike Venezia. Even my big kids read them all as older teens because the information is presented in such an engaging and easy to retain style.

All of the Venezia books I schedule in are optional for the president's study, but they are so fun, you might want to check out at least a few. Most libraries will have these books, so you probably won't need to purchase any.

 

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12

Harry Houdini

 

Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions

This book has magic tricks and activities scheduled for each chapter. You can see a preview of the book at Google Books. Most of the tricks and activities require only a couple easy to find household items like a note card, paper, a chair and a sibling (or mom!), etc. Be prepared to sit through a performance or two!
It is my understanding that Harry Houdini was very much against spiritualists and the like who claimed they could do things “magically” via the spiritual realm. His magic tricks were not “spiritually” based, they were tricks. I’m adding this note in for any of you who may not be comfortable with “magic”.

 

Non-fiction activity book 13-14

Wilber and Orville

 

Wilber and Orville Wright Young FliersReading level 4.3

You can browse nearly the entire book online at Simon and Schuster.

I remember reading and enjoying some of the books in this series when I was a child and now Otter is a fan too. I think they appeal to him beacuse they start out describing each famous person as a child and that makes the entire story easier to relate to.

 

Fictionalized biography

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13-14

Sears

 

1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

We love looking at old Sears catalogues. They are such a fascinating window into the past. Browse through all the cool "stuff" people used, wanted or needed. You get such a huge slice of life from clothing to tools to toys. For us this would be well worth a purchase, if our library didn't have a copy.

Non-fiction 13

Wee and the Wright Brothers

 

Wee and the Wright Brothers

Learn about the Wright Brothers with a fun, illustrated tale about Wee the Mouse.

Picture book

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13

Bully for you

 

Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt
Reading level 6.8

Choose either of the Roosevelt books depending on your student’s reading and interest level.
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt reading level: Grade 6.8 – It is probably most appropriate as a read aloud for younger students (or skip it and choose the other book). I’ve scheduled it in for high schoolers or “big kids” who need more meat.
The Time for Kids Biography Theodore Roosevelt is a much simpler book and visual with photographs, side bars and easier to read text. It would make an excellent reader. You can browse it online at Harper Collins.

 

FlagAdvanced book / President book

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13-14

Time for Kids Teddy Roosevelt

 

Time For Kids: Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President

Here is another Time for Kids book. Otter thinks they are really great with lots of pictures, photographs and easy to read text.

You can look at a preview of this book at Barnes & Noble.

FlagPresident book

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13-14

Thomas Edison’s 1910 movie: Frankenstein

This 1910 film was filmed at the Edison Studios.

movie Online video (free) 13
Wright Brother’s Activity Book printerPrintable (free) 13

Houdini Box

 

The Houdini Box
Reading level 5.3

Picture book

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14

First Flight

 

First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
Reading level 3.6

Picture book / Easy Reader

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14
Animated Hero Classics: The Wright Brothers movie DVD or Discovery Streaming 14

A Journey Through Learning: 20th Century Lapbook

This lapbook will help your students remember some of the main events of the 20th century.

 

$ Lapbook 14-38

Henry Ford

 

Henry Ford: Young Man with Ideas
Reading level 4.1

I remember reading and enjoying some of the books in this series when I was a child and now Otter is a fan too. I think they appeal to him beacuse they start out describing each famous person as a child and that makes the entire story easier to relate to.

Fictionalized biography

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15-17

Great San Francicso Earthquake

 

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire book is actually a graphic novel. I chose it because I like to use a variety of types of books and this one will probably really stick with the reader because it’s so visual. You see a preview at Google Books. It’s actually less expensive to purchase at the publisher’s website vs. Amazon. You also might be able to find it at your local library.

An alternative book is: A Day That Changed America: Earthquake! By Shelley Tanaka

 

ReaderReader (comic book style) 15

Welcome to Samantha's World

 

Welcome to Samantha's World-1904: Growing Up in America's New Century

I can't seem to find this series of books for sale new online anymore, but they are available used and may be at your local library.

I always liked the "Welcome to ___'s World" books, even for my boys, because they have a lot of pictures and photographs showing what life was like during each specific time.

 

ReaderReader

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15

1906 Footage of the San Francisco earthquake damage

It's one thing to read about it, it's quite another to see REAL footage from history this far back.

 

movie Online video (free) 15

Magnus and the Fire

 

Magnus and the Fire
Reading level 5.8

Magnus, a horse who used to pull the old fashioned steam pumpers is replaced by a motorized fire engine. However, one day when the fire alarm rings and the new engine breaks down, Magnus has a chance to fight one more blaze.

Picture book

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15

Kids Discover: Ellis Island

You can browse the entire magazine online. Our kids have always liked the Kids Discover magazines.

 

Magazine 16

Time for Kids Henry Ford

 

Time for Kids: Henry Ford

You can browse the Time for Kids: Henry Ford book at Harper Collins. It’s an optional book, since I’ve also scheduled in the chapter book. Choose either one or do both, if you wish.

Reader

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16

Taft

 

William Howard Taft (Getting to Know the Us Presidents)

Otter LOVES these books written and illustrated by Mike Venezia. Even my big kids read them all as older teens because the information is presented in such an engaging and easy to retain style.

All of the Venezia books I schedule in are optional for the president's study, but they are so fun, you might want to check out at least a few. Most libraries will have these books, so you probably won't need to purchase any.

 

FlagPresident book

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16

The Glorious Flight

 

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909
Reading level 3.5

This book will probably only take one day to read. It goes with the free, optional lapbook below.

Picture book

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16
Homeschool Share’s The Glorious Flight Lapbook printerLapbook (free) 16

Usborne Titanic

 

Usborne Titanic

This book comes from a series of high-quality Usborne books designed for kids ages 7-11. You can browse pages online at the official Usborne site.

Otter really loves this book (and the others in the series). The cover has shiney silver letters printed onto a hard cover and inside there is a ribbon for marking your place. Each page feels thick and slightly glossy. There are lots of illustrations and photographs that help break up text into mangeable chunks for reluctant readers.

A couple of other options (if you want more to read and think this book is too easy or short) are:

White Star: A Dog on the Titanic

882 1/2 Amazing Answers To Your Questions About The Titanic

 

ReaderReader 17

Titanic Tickets

Print out and use as a bookmark this week.

printerPrintable (free) 17

The Titanic

 

The Titanic: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose Books) Grades 3-7

I've scheduled in several of the "You Choose" books this year because I think they are a great (and fun) way to get kids to retain specific events in history.

Because it's interactive, I think it will encourage kids to try out at least several different versions of the story, thus cementing in facts even more. It also personalizes things a bit since the reader is a participant in the story!

You can preview this book on Google Books.

 

ReaderReader 17

DK Readers: Survivors

 

DK Readers: Survivors The Night the Titanic Sank (Level 2)

Picture book / Easy reader

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17

Polar

 

Polar the Titanic Bear: The True Story
Reading level 4.9

This is a really lovely book. It was written by a survivor of the Titanic for her son Douglas about what really happened to their family, but through the eyes of Douglas's bear.

The story is broken up by lots of watercolor paintings and there are lots of real photographs of the family during the adventures around the world and even one of Douglas on the Titanic itself.

It's a rich story that gives you a glimpse into the early 1900's, into a family's life and into the love of a boy for his bear. Read it out loud to your little ones, but I think even an older child could appreciate it.

Picture book

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17

Pig on the Titanic

 

Pig on the Titanic: A True Story

Find out how Edith gets saved when Maxixe the Pig gets mistaken for a baby and thrown onto one of the lifeboats. This true story is much shorter than the one above. Sometimes there are just a few sentences per page. The paintings are dark and help to convey the danger of the sinking Titanic but everything turns out all right at the end of the story.

It's a fairly gentle introduction to the Titanic for your littlest ones.

 

Picture book

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17
Secrets of the Titanic
National Geographic – Secrets of the Titanic movie DVD or online video at Snagfilms.com(free) 17

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