1850-MOD - Weeks 33 & 34

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1850-MOD - Weeks 33 & 34

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1850-MOD - Weeks 33 & 34.
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 33 & 34

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Weeks 33-34 - President Bush (#1) through the current pres.
C-SPAN has some good videos on presidents:
- The general overview of Pres. Bush #1
https://www.c-span.org/video/?151637-1/ ... ge-hw-bush
- A video of an interview with former Pres. Bush #1 is here. It's long, but just watching some of it gives a sense of this president.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?153720-1/ ... -interview
- You can also watch several speeches, campaign debate, & campaign commercial on him.
- C-SPAN also has "interviews" with Pres. Clinton & Pres. Bush (#2). These are long & harder to listen to than the overviews on earlier presidents, but video gives a good familiarity with the presence of a particular president.

The White House also has summaries of each president. These were especially useful during weeks 33-34, since we found fewer library books about the more recent presidents:

The History Channel has info online, including videos. I do think they serve a less education-oriented audience than CSPAN & should be previewed by parent due to ads and some info not for kids.

Week 34 - Patriotic song
I wanted ds to also hear God Bless the USA performed by the composer, Lee Greenwood. The music plus lyrics are here: https://www.brownielocks.com/godblesstheusaWAVE.html
We have one of those CDs that were put out after 9/11 and those all seem to have good patriotic music on them. Ours is called God Bless America, For the benefit of the Twin Towers Fund, and includes this song sung by Greenwood

Week 34 - Africa book basket extra ideas
(1) Two Dogs and Freedom, Black Children of South Africa Speak Out
Ds learned today's topics more personally from these letters by children ages 8-15. The title is from the last line of a child's letter, "When I am old I would like to have a wife and two children... and two dogs and freedom." Does include many descriptions of violence.

(2) DVD: Hotel Rwanda
This is a very moving story based on true events we read about in SOTW. There is way too much terrible violence for little ones, but my 14yo was very moved by the heroism and understood the similarities to many of the violent takeovers we have read about this year. There is no mention of faith, but there are nuns who clearly love the orphans in their charge, and the wife of the main character clearly wears a cross necklace and grasps it at one point.

Week 34 - First Persian Gulf War
(1) I had to figure out where the 2nd Gulf War was, since I am so clueless :) Here's what I found:
- The First Persian Gulf War, or Desert Storm, 1990-1991
- The Second Persian Gulf War, or Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-present

(2) You can watch/listen to Desert Storm media broadcasts which were recorded live. They are several places online, or in the book/CD set, We Interrupt This Broadcast.

(3) A unique strategy during this war was the use of a deck of cards to identify the most wanted, since it wasn't a normal war where countries as a whole were fighting. You might find someone (like us) who has one of those old decks of cards, or Wikipedia has an article called "Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards." The article mentions this technique being used in several US conflicts, but I think this was the first time the public was so in on it?

(4) For my 14yo, instead of "pretending" to refine oil, I printed out some diagrams of the real thing. Here are some of the sites I used. (Okay, we're really into this, having a petroleum engineer in the family!)

Basic distillation & uses of crude oil
- https://www.laurencenet.net/images/Frac ... umnHTW.jpg
- https://tiptonceram.com/oil_refining/im ... sc01_1.gif

A little more detail on the process where things rise up
- https://technomanage.com/Flash/Atoz_oil_gas.swf
- https://www.gcsescience.com/o3.htm (under the game ad)

Chart of final products from a barrel of oil
- https://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/im ... of_oil.jpg

Oil refineries - photos
- (use Google images or the like)

Oil refineries - layout
- https://newenergyandfuel.com/wp-content ... iagram.gif

- https://science.howstuffworks.com/envir ... ining4.htm
- https://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/S ... lation.htm (hover cursor over different portions, then move on to the next screen)
- https://www.yteach.co.uk/page.php/resou ... rom=search (press play)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vscX_zawdQw
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI2abXnALbo

Chart for student to fill in
- (it was basically one of the first diagrams above, with products whited out)

Week 34 - America today / economics [Also applied to week 30]
DVD: Private vs. Public, episode 3,
Stossel in the Classroom 2010 edition

The last reading (in my 1st edition) from Exploring American History discusses future issues for America, including Economics. John Stossel has a website called StosselintheClassroom.org that offers free DVDs for educators. The episode above was a good follow-up to today's EAH reading. It takes a look at the Hurricane Katrina recovery and how private groups and churches and individuals seem to provide the best/most help. My 8th grade ds loved it. I think most folks are familiar with Stossel and would know whether his materials would work for your family.

By the way, Stossel also has a few books that could work for book basket (older kids), although his books do have more of a "it's not true" stance, whereas his videos tend to be more him scratching his head in confusion. I like that at least one of his books calls it a myth that, "Homeschoolers are religious wackos whose children don't learn to socialize." :) (that book is Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity)

Websites: Federal debt statistics
- https://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/current
- https://www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear

For some reason, my son found it especially interesting to look into the "national debt" over his lifetime. We found you can look it up by the day at the United States Dept. of the Treasury site. You can look up older statistics at the InfoPlease site (under the "economics" section of each year). (I found that the two correlated best when I used August 15th statistics for each year.)
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 33 & 34

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Julie ~

These are all wonderful links! The crude oil illustration is especially helpful.

Thank you for sharing so many resources throughtout this year! We have greatly enjoyed so many of them. :-)

melissa b.
Melissa B. (Arkansas)
Girls ages 16 & 13
Completed K, 1st, and Investigate {ECC; CTG; RTR; Expl.-1850; and 1850-Mod. Times}
"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,.." Titus 2:4
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