1850-MOD - Weeks 9 & 10

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1850-MOD - Weeks 9 & 10

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1850-MOD - Weeks 9 & 10.
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 9 & 10

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Week 10 - Railroads
For the (optional) activity of making a gold or silver railroad spike, I have a couple things to share.

(1) The supplies aren't listed for this (probably items are too ordinary), but if you do the activity you will need:
* cardboard
* retractable ballpoint pen
* tin foil - gold tin foil is even better, so you might want to plan purchasing this in advance (two of the spikes were silver & two were gold, but the most special one seemed to be the gold one)

(2) Ds couldn't get the retracted (closed) pen to write well enough on the tinfoil to satisfy him, so he compromised. He wrote the "inscription" in ink, and turned the tinfoil over and used the pressed-out side of the letters rather than the pressed-in letters (because they showed the ink marks). The writing was backwards, but he thought it looked nice :)

(3) My 7th grader didn't want to make the spike out of cardboard, so we just glued the tinfoil spike onto the SOTW page that has the spike template on it. Voila! A special notebook page commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad!

Week 10 - Thomas Edison

Young Thomas Edison
by Michael Dooling, 2005
This is a picture book format but has a lot of information about how Edison developed into an inventor. His mom took him out of a school that didn't understand his hearing problem & homeschooled him :) He started working at age 12, but unfortunately lost his job at 15 when one of his experiments in his free time blew up in a train car. No mention of faith but lots of character examples of studying on his own, working hard, handling a disability, and accepting failures.

This book was "highlighted" at the Edison museum in Ft. Myers, Florida, so they must feel the information is fairly accurate. Quotes from that book were used to illustrate several exhibits. And my son voluntarily read it thru during book basket, not just looking at the pictures :)

Thomas Edison: Inspiration and Hard Work,
by the Benges, Heroes of History series
For an extra read-aloud or the kid who likes to read, we found this book fascinating. In general, we find the Heroes of History series to be crammed with info & not as engaging as the Benges' missionary biographies, but somehow this style suited Edison, whose life was a roller coaster.

Virtual tours:
If your student loves to learn on the computer, he could probably learn some things as well as "see" some of history just by "visiting" the various Edison museums at their online websites, including:
- the "Edison & Ford Winter Estates" in Florida
- the "Edison Birthplace Museum" in Ohio
- the "Edison National Historic Site" in New Jersey (Edison spent a lot of his adult years & died in NJ)
- the "Henry Ford Museum" in Michigan has quite a bit on For'ds good friend and cohort Edison

Science project:
Vision Forum has a Thomas Edison Light Bulb Kit for ages 12+. It's kinda pricey, but kinda cool.

Week 10 - Centennial & touching on the Statue of Liberty (also applies to Week 13 - Immigrants)
The Centennial has come up a couple of times, and that was the time that the Statue of Liberty was unveiled. It's not really a big story (just some French guy gave it to us ;) ) but I thought since it's depicted in the MFW guide and many other places this year, I'd briefly touch on the topic. [Note: 2nd & 3rd graders will study the Statue of Liberty later.]

Here are good resources we used:

- Video: The Statue of Liberty, Modern Marvels series, A&E and the History Channel. This is more for older kids, with lots of info & some interviews/tours. There is also a segment on Ellis Island, as well as one on recent improvements to the statue.
- Video: Island of Hope - Island of Tears, Ellis Island and the American Immigration Experience, Guggenheim Productions. We have this video and I think it's very good for older kids, with lots of photos and quotes, including quotes that tell how wonderful America was to those whose lives were truly destitute or in danger, as well as the hardships of traveling here. This is now on YouTube for free! Search for "Immigration Through Ellis Island - Award Winning Documentary"

- Coming to America, The story of immigration, by Joanne Mattern. This is a story, so younger kids might like it. We just looked at all the factual information sprinkled throughout, such as reasons people came here (& we discussed how we are a unique country), medical issues on ships & at Ellis Island, the danger of the voyage and improvements over time, Statue of Liberty facts, etc. We got a lot out of this little book.
- Immigrant Kids, by Russell Freedman. About immigrant kids in the poor inner cities. This author does a lot of research & comes up with great photos (B&W of course). He gives interesting facts that are enough for older kids but not overwhelming.
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 9 & 10

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found that origin of "chop suey" has a mixture of legends in the US history cookbook.....

you might look up more information out there or at least tell your children, the info in the US history cookbook is one of the legends with this dish.There are other legends with the origin too.
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/progr ... uey_1.html

I giggled near the end of the snopes article with the "genuine american chop suey served here" on a sign in China. LOL LOL

in any case... we didn't make this dish from recipe... just bought a can of La Choy Chow Mein in a can... it really isn't chow mein until you add the crunchy noodles though... before that it's chopped suey vegetables, which you can also get in a can... cheaper than getting the ingredients separately...


Coconut pudding.... we used can of "lite" coconut milk in place of regular milk for this dish... yummy!

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