American History 2 - The 1920's

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The Roaring 20's (3 weeks: weeks 20-22)

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Resources Item Type Weeks Used

Skyscrapers

 

Skyscrapers!: Super Structures to Design & Build

Learn about skyscrapers and explore engineering with a variety of activities like building a frame out of toothpicks and marshmallows. You get some history AND science with this book.

Activity book

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20-23

Moonshiner's Son

 

Moonshiner’s Son
Reading level: 5.4

Tom's father is a moonshiner during Prohibition.
I recommend this as a read-aloud if your student is 6th grade or younger. You may want to be on hand to discuss some issues.

Fictional novel

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20-22

Moving North

 

Moving North: African Americans and the Great Migration 1915-1930

This books is one in a colorful, informative series from National Geographic.

Non-fiction

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20

Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic

 

Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic (American Girl History Mysteries)

I haven't read this yet, but Emily was always a fan of American girl stories. This one looks like fun.

ReaderReader

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20
Ben's Trumpet
Ben’s Trumpet

Picture book

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20

Aunt Minnie

 

Aunt Minnie McGranahan

This humorous story is based on the author's family history and takes place in the 1920's.

Picture book

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20

Harding

 

Warren G. Harding (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.

 

President book

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20
Dear America: Color Me Dark

movie DVD or Discovery Streaming

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20

PBS Broadway

 

PBS Broadway: The American Musical: Syncopated City (segment of series)

PREVIEW: I haven’t been able to preview the entire thing yet. There is talk about Prohibition and the video shows people drinking as well as dancing in the a speakeasy, etc. as well as some brief clips of dancing that is a bit racy. I recommend this for older students only.

movie DVD or Discovery Streaming

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20
Felix in Hollywood cartoon movie Online video 20

Steamboat Willie

Take a look at one of the first cartoons with sound!

movie Online video 20
One Family’s Story (pull out pages) printerPrintable (free)  

20's

 

Kids Discover: Roaring 20’s

You can preview this entire magazine online at KidsDiscover.com.

My kids have always enjoyed the Kids Discovery magazines. They have a lot of great photographs and illustrations and each subject is presentend in a clear, easy to understand manner. This one even has some activities at the end.

Magazine 21

Amelia

 

DK Biography Amelia Earhart
Reading level: Ages 10 and up

The DK biographies are heavily illustrated books with lots of photographs and artwork. They are easy reads full of lots of information and very visual.

ReaderReader 20-22

Charles Lindbergh

 

Charles Lindbergh, Graphic Biography

You can download some free samples of Saddleback graphic novels, if you’d like to get an idea of what the Lindbergh book is like. I’ve sprinkled in some graphic novels this year because I believe kids love comic style books and visual learners will benefit greatly from all of the pictures related to the text. My main goal is to get things to STICK. I think a variety of book styles and materials help this goal to be attained.

 

ReaderReader (comic book style) 21

Angel Coming

 

Angel Coming

This story was inspired by the Frontier Nursing Service and takes place in the mountains of Appalachia.

Picture book

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21

Balto

 

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

Learn about the true story of Balto, a sled dog who led a team of dogs over 53 miles of Alaska wilderness to deliver medicine for an outbreak of Diptheria.

Picture book / Easy Reader

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21

Coolidge

 

Calvin Coolidge (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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21
 PBS American Experience: Amelia Earhart

PREVIEW - Segments may include material inappropriate for your family.

movie DVD or Discovery Streaming

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21

Babe Ruth

 

Babe Ruth: One of Baseball’s Greatest (boy)

This is a great series of books. I haven't read this particular one (we aren't baseball fans), but both Otter and I have read through others in the series. They make great readers with non-overwhelming chapters and simple black and white illustrations.

ReaderReader

 

22

 

Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier

Picture book / Easy Reader

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Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Picture book

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22

Time Warp Trio: The High and Flighty

My boys love the Time Warp Trio movies. They mix history with humor.

You can download a free teacher's guide from the official Time Warp Trio website.

movie DVD or Discovery Streaming 22

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