1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War)

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1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War)

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1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War).

Additional ideas on President Lincoln might be found on the Adventures board:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 919#p50618
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 918#p50198

Or the EX1850 Ideas board

Unread post by cbollin »

Idea --- ask around to your friends if any of them are Civil War re-enactors. We had a neighbor who showed us a lot of stuff that he uses on those weekends.

Also -- turns out the Christian school down the street had an assembly one day and let us attend. A guy in town dresses like A. Lincoln and does school assemblies. So, ask around local schools if they are doing anything like that and if you can attend. It didn't happen the exact week that we did Civil War either :)

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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War)

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Week 7 - Lincoln Penny activity
My 7th grader made this into a little experiment. It actually fit in quite well with some of the chemistry stuff he's learning in 7th grade science.

We had an old bottle of diet pepsi to soak pennies in, so we compared that to mom's diet dr. pepper. The result was very interesting. Pepsi cleaned the coins pretty well, but Dr. Pepper actually made them dirtier! Hmmm...

Okay, then someone thought that ketchup would work just as well... and it did! Apparently it has not only the acid but salt, too...

Another person suggested that we should keep track of what year the pennies were made, since the copper content has changed over the years.

Then I read somewhere that the dirt is called "tarnish" and the coins are called "cents" -- & only British coins are truly called pennies?! Okay, we have to stop this somewhere...

Oh, and helpful hints: (1) Don't let pennies sit on top of each other. (2) Keep a "control group" of pennies with the original amount of dirt on them for comparison.

Lincoln patent
In case you are wondering, as we did, what Lincoln's patent was (as the only president to hold a patent), it was something to " to lift boats over shoals" that was never actually manufactured:
http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative ... patent.htm

Lincoln trivia
At this site, you can see the contents of Lincoln's pockets at the time he died. Interestingly, these were wrapped up in a box that was not opened again until the 1970s -

At this site, you can watch the author of one of the book basket books read from his book (which received a Newberry Medal). Beware that it is about the details of the assassination; at the end he answers questions about writing.
http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/featur ... p?rec=3428

Here's kind of a fun drawing exercise:

Lincoln Speech & orchestra piece
If you enjoy the orchestra at your house, there is a piece by Aaron Copland called "Lincoln's Portrait" which includes a narration of one of Lincoln's speeches. Utube and Google Videos have several versions narrated by famous speakers, from Katharine Hepburn to Tom Hanks (at 2009 inauguration) to the extremely deep voice of professional narrator Ken Anderson. Some have the words of the speech displayed on the screen.

Week 7 - Book basket extras we enjoyed
The Abraham Lincoln Joke Book, by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
My goofy son enjoyed all the anecdotes in different books we read, showing Lincoln was a funny guy. He also enjoyed this book.

Civil War, A Library of Congress Book, by Martin W. Sandler
A lot about the advent of photography in war. Many photos & illustrations & quotes, on many topics. (Note: One close-up photo of a fallen young soldier.)

Week 7, Day 1 - Take note of John Brown
John Brown is mentioned in the CE of American History on day 1 this week. He comes up in the hymn (Battle Hymn of the Republic was written to the tune of John Brown's Body), and other places including the first chapter of Across Five Aprils on day 3. My son was mixing him up with Nat Turner (from EX1850) and it was good to read about who John Brown was today, and really pay attention, even reading more. You can also find out more online, such as here (where you can also listen to the song): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/brown/sfeature/song.html

Week 7, Civil War era music & Composer Stephen Foster
(1) Diana Waring's History Alive Through Music series, America 1750-1890
(2014 version is called America, The Heart of a New Nation)
Lots of folks have these sets around the house or know someone who does. The America one has a Foster song and lots of other familiar tunes from this time in history. Each song is sung on the cassette, sheet music is provided, and there's a page or two of info about the musical background. There are spirituals, Civil War songs, cowboy songs, and more. After we finished listening to the Foster biography, it was fun to listen to a bit more of his music. We like music at our house. Ds actually wasn't very familiar with Foster's works, even though they are quite well known, and he really enjoyed the MFW study of Foster as well as going through all of the Diana Waring songs of this time period.
(NOTE: Diana Waring's Westward Ho! set also has a Stephen Foster song, but those selections in general were more narrow & not as familiar to me.)

(2) Bobby Horton.
Search for his music on YouTube or iTunes or just regular CDs. He's the guy who sings the Lyrical Life Science hillbilly-type science songs, but he also does a ton of Civil War era music. People on utube have paired his songs with tons of illustrations. (Some might want to preview for bawdy soldier topics/words.)

Week 7 - Starting the new read-aloud
Across Five Aprils has loooooong chapters. Whew, it took us a week to get through the first one. But by the end of chapter 2, ds was referencing the book in conversation, such as the tension at the dinner table where folks who loved one another but came from all different viewpoints were gathered -- very vividly portrayed. We loved this book, and it was a huge part of the Civil War study this year.

I printed out this timeline of the war: http://www.historyplace.com/civilwar/index.html
Sometimes we skimmed it to see where we were in the book, and other times I left it in book basket. It's an easy-to-understand overview.

Also, as you read this book, you become very familiar with Civil War events. Some kind of chart helped my son visualize the numbers of lives we were talking about. Here's one, for instance:
http://highland.hitcho.com.au/civilwarcasualities.pdf (we used the encyclopedia for the numbers)

Week 7, More on Civil War
Over the next few weeks, we did a few more things with the Civil War. Here are some of the things I had on hand, tho I didn't use all of them. The most important thing I felt was to visualize the the casualties of some of the battles. I wanted to make an impression on my 7th grader.

Graphing http://highland.hitcho.com.au/civilwarcasualities.pdf (we used the encyclopedia for the numbers)
Civil War vocab http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/ ... vil/vocab/
Links & worksheets http://homeschooling.about.com/od/learn ... vilwar.htm

Week 8, Day 1 - Dads as teachers
Like Crystal, I think there are lots of knowledgeable folks who may share about the Civil War. One of them might even be dad. The map on p. 82-3 today was perfect to give my husband a jumping off point for a good lesson on battle strategies and the leadership of generals. So, don't forget to ask dad & other guys in the family to share what they know. It gives my son a sense that other people value the information that we are learning, too. (Across Five Aprils will provide even more to talk about in terms of battles & generals.)

Week 8, Day 3 - Nurses notebook page
Florence Nightingale, Crimean War, 1850s
Clara Barton, American Civil War, 1860s

Now that we had read about Florence Nightingale as well as Clara Barton (day 3, week 8 ), I decided to have my son write a notebook page with a paragraph about each. I guess I miss notebooking :) , and it's a way for my 13yo to review a few extra historical figures.

Week 8 - Booker T additional info
When I asked my 13yo to narrate what he had learned about Booker T, he said he didn't know enough :~ So we got out our Worldbook Encyclopedia article. It correlated nicely with both (1) his biography and (2) the discussion started in EAH about different methods of fighting for social change. EAH brought it up in a simple way and had a nice focus of looking at the end result. Our encyclopedia compared Booker T's methods of working for social change to a major opponent who had the same goal but strongly believed Booker's methods were wrong (the opponent basically started the NAACP). (That guy will be covered a bit at the end of week 15, and I was glad to have the background knowledge in comparing these two methods.)

Good stuff for a 13yo to start looking at -- methods of social change. We also reviewed how folks in the colonies didn't all support social change through revolution, so the same person may sometimes believe that fighting is the only way and sometimes he may not. And it also tied in nicely with the various viewpoints presented in Across Five Aprils. Big topics, but kid-level ways to talk about them.
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War)

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I wanted to make sure my kids got a firm understanding of Abraham Lincoln and his life and we used Enchanted Learning's booklets to make a lapbook. It was fun to do while I read and gave them more hands-on info on "Honest Abe" and his life.
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War)

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Just a recommendation for a movie. I got "The Sante Fe Trail" with Errol Flynn ( I love Errol Flynn ;) ), Ronald Regan and Olivia de Haviland for us to watch. It is a story about John Brown and the tensions in the country right before the civil war. We really enjoyed and it gave the kids a little more insight into John Brown. It does have a brief scene with a Native American Fortune Teller foretelling the Civil War but it was pretty short.

Editing to add another movie, "Young Abe Lincoln" with Henry Fonda. The kids enjoyed it and so did I. I love Netflix!
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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 7 & 8 (including the Civil War)

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Civil War lapbook from A Journey through Learning!
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Re: 1850-MOD - Week 8 (Juneteenth)

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Juneteenth = "The oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States!"

A Bible being presented to President Lincoln by African-Americans is a part of this history
and explained in this 1-minute video by the Museum of the Bible.

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Re: 1850-MOD - Weeks 8 (Gettysburg Address)

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In this 1-minute video by the Museum of the Bible, you can view brief reenactments and illustrations of the battle of Gettysburg. Then learn that there are biblical themes in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, with a quote from Lincoln on the importance of the Bible.

There is also a transcript underneath if you'd prefer to read the info.
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