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Abraham Lincoln and the Declaration of Independence

As I write that it totally looks like I am saying Lincoln was AT the signing… rather we covered BOTH of these rather interesting topics recently and I figured why not bundle the two together for the blog post?

The 2016/2017 school year has had a focus more towards history and the United States of America. It has been a learning experience for students AND teacher. These two topics were the twins’ choice. We started with the Declaration of Independence. Such an important piece of paper. We used a lot of sheets from Education.com HERE.

We had a few books we requested from the library that were helpful:

  • What is the Declaration of Independence by Michael C. Harris HERE
  • The Declaration of Independence by Don Nardo HERE
  • American Documents: The Declaration of Independence by Judith Lloyd Yero HERE
  • The Declaration of Independence by Lori Mortensen HERE

I have to share a rather interesting link passed along by a good friend (and fellow twin mom)… this one looks at what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence AFTER they signed at USHistory.org. They truly risked life and limb to do so, as they were really committing treason against the crown and King of England. The twins spent quite a bit of time picking out some interesting people to put into our hand out and report folder.

Abraham Lincoln was a huge success. The boys have always had a vague interest in him with his distinctive look and hat that he apparently kept things in. Our final conclusion was that Abraham Lincoln was a great president, one of the best, BUT his life seemed rather miserable. Granted there was a shorter life expectancy and much higher general death rate but… wow… so much sadness, death and difficulty in the life of someone who now is seen as such an inspirational figure.

We ended up choosing a labook set up that was not free, but it was well worth it. We went with a Knowledge Box product you can find for 5.00 (US) HERE. They have a study guide, lapbook and clear instructions.20170320_200116

20170320_200124You can check out my Education.com collection of worksheets HERE. Activity Village has some very helpful worksheets as well (sadly these are all pay for sites to get the full experience, but we have found it well worth it.) HERE. You can do a helpful search on EnchantedLearning as well to get these pages HERE.

Books:

  • I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer HERE
  • Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, President, Emancipator by Pamela Hill Nettleton HERE
  • Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Knox HERE
  • Abe Lincoln: The boy who loved books by Kay Winters HERE
  • Abraham Lincoln by Tanya Lee Stone HERE
  • Encyclopedia of Presidents and Their Times by David Rubel HERE
  • Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last! by Mary Pope Osborne HERE
  • Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Hansen HERE

DVD:

  • Getting to Know The U.S. Presidents: Lincoln HERE

These were wonderful topics for us to cover one after the other. We really haven’t spent as much time on US history as we have researching countries from other parts of the world. I can’t say we will stick with these kind of topics, but the more we can cover and find interest in the better. From Lincoln it is a quick jump to Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. I will share our resources from these topics to. From slavery to a country declaring independence, to a man realizing that a whole group of people also deserved their independence… then to a man who made sure that it was realized that segregation is wrong and a woman who helped courageously help attain that dream. Not bad for taking topics the kids chose themselves!

Egypt, a Resource Entry

We have enrolled Emanuel in the Little Passports series and one of our monthly mailings was EGYPT. We couldn’t just look at what came in the mail so it morphed into time to make a poster about this rather intriguing country! I hope our resources and findings are helpful!

BOOKS:

  • Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates HERE
  • Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner HERE
  • A Look at Egypt by Helen Frost HERE
  • How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland HERE
  • Egypt ABCs by Sarah Heiman HERE
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be Tutankhamen! by David Stewart HERE
  • Ancient Egypt by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed HERE
  • Eyewitness Pyramid by James Putnam HERE
  • Everything Ancient Egypt by Crispin Boyer HERE
  • Eyewitness Ancient Egypt by George Hart HERE
  • Ancient Egypt Beyond the Pyramids by Kathleen W. Deady HERE
  • Egypt in Pictures by Jeffrey Zuehlke HERE
  • Miriam and Her Brother Moses by Jean Marzollo HERE
  • Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole HERE
  • Who Built the Pyramid? by Meredith Hooper HERE
  • Mummies in the Morning – a Magic TreeHouse mystery by Mary Pope Osborne HERE

HELPFUL WEBSITES:

  • Virtual Reality 3D Tomb Tours HERE¬†though we could not get it to run on our laptop. If someone could figure it out I would love a head up on how they did it!!!
  • A series of the Eye of Ra images. I needed them for my part on one of mini books HERE thanks to Waktattoos.com
  • Ducksters’ Egypt Map HERE, Odyssey’s map HERE

PRINTABLES

  • A mini book with the current Egyptian flag from Activity Village HERE.
  • Ancient Egypt wordsearch HERE (Activity Village)
  • Ancient Egypt map colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Current flag colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Sphinx colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Pyramids colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Ancient Egyptian children colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Egypt colouring page on Education.com HERE
  • List of Ancient Egypt worksheets on Education.com HERE

CRAFTS

  • Egyptian Pyramid model papercraft with Education.com HERE
  • Make a Mummy papercraft HERE (Education.com)

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

  • Ancient Egyptian beards… why? With Musiem HERE
  • All about Egyptian gold… Live Science’s article on clues to the origins of it HERE. A comparison between Egyptian and Roman gold HERE. The Gold of the Pharaohs by Softpedia HERE.
  • All about the Sphinx… why is it a half person half lion? Mentormob’s article HERE.
  • Toothbrushing in Ancient Egypt! Including the use of cosmetics on The Alchemy Web Site HERE. Wiki Answers’ take HERE.
  • What do Egyptians do for fun? Ask.com’s answer HERE. ThinkQuest’s answer HERE

VIDEOS
First off, CrashCourse’s Ancient Egypt: Crash Course World History #4

The History of Ancient Egypt in 2 Minutes! Vsion 1.0 by Scott Powell, the History Guy

Ancient Egypt – The Mystery of the Sphinx by Plancheman100

Mystery of the Sphinx (this is part 1 you can find the rest by the same poster) by Pharaoh3000

¬† SUGGESTED CRAFTS (we didn’t make it to doing these as light caught up with us)

  • Salt Dough Plaque (Activity Village) HERE
  • Pharaoh’s Headdress (Activity Village) HERE
  • Flail Craft (Activity Village) HERE
  • Ankh Fuse Bead design (Activity Village) HERE101_4880