Curriculum Haul | Homeschool | American History | US History | High School | Living Books

We are kicking off our American History units with the Colonial times. We did an introduction to American History with a small unit on Columbus, but this is our first official unit of a series of units that will span several months.

Now that all our materials have arrived, I can work on separating them into smaller units. Once they are all sorted ( we got a lot of material!!), I can begin lesson planning.

The first step in lesson planning for me is figuring out how long each book, project or kit is going to take to complete. I use full back sticky Post-Its to help me in this part of the process. I adhere a Post-It on the back of the book or kit and I write whatever information can help in the lesson planning process. For instance, I write long long the book will take to complete and how many chapters I have to read each day to complete the book. If we aren’t going to read a book cover to cover, I write what pages or sections we’ll cover. If my children are going to read the book, I mark who will read it and how long it will take to complete. If it’s a project book, I mark the projects we plan to do with Post-It flags, as well as mark what supplies I’ll need to find or buy for the projects. I keep all these materials, books, etc. in a bin. Right now they are stored in our school room’s closet, but we are fast running our of space. I’ve used some additional storage right outside our school room, and again this year, I’ll need to shuffle some things  so I can keep these new units accessible throughout the year. I especially like open bins for storing our unit studies.

 

Once the general lesson planning is completed, I can more onto the detailed day to day lesson plans and figure out how long I want to spend on a unit. I usually make up our weekly lesson plans on Sunday. I sometimes plan a whole unit (6 weeks or so) at a time and that’s very helpful, too.

See the complete list of American History Haul videos. You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

Of all the units we’ve put together, I think I’ve gotten the most supplies for this one! So much that I had to split it up into multiple units: Columbus, the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War & Slavery, the Westward Movement, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Native American Indians, and ending with California History and the Gold Rush.

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

Looking for a complete history of the US? I have five American History series that would be suitable for all elementary and high school. The History of US by Joy Hakim would work for students as young as 5th grade through high school. The books are sold separately or as a set and you can also purchase student workbooks and teaching guides to accompany each volume.

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

While putting together our units for history this year, I discovered that this unit on the American Civil War and Slavery was quite a bit smaller than our other units. After shooting this video, I went to Rainbow Resource and ordered more supplement material to complement this unit. I ordered historical play figures, books and games.

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

Pulling together books for our American History Unit, I knew I wanted a substantial amount of material on the Lewis and Clark expedition. We did a the westward movement and Texas history back in 2012-2013 while living in Dallas for a year, and I really enjoyed learning about the Lewis and Clark expedition and wanted to expand on it this time around.

While putting together history units, I aim to get books in the following areas: biographies, reference or resource books, cultural, geography (or climate and environment), mythology or religion, historical fiction, picture books and ‘actual’ history. And by actual history, I mean books that present important dates, events, and people. I also like to include field trips, hands-on projects and games whenever possible.

Don’t forget you can see the whole playlist, and I will be continuing to add to it as we do projects for each unit. I also plan to share the lesson plans and “How to put together an American history unit” on that playlist as the videos become available.

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

 

The Westward Movement spans over 100 years in American History, so within this unit, there are other sub-units: American Civil War, Lewis & Clark Expedition and California History & Gold Rush. Even so, I still have a lot of material, and may choose to split this unit up further.

Most of my history units include historical fiction, picture books, history books, resource and reference books, project and activity books, specialty books (like cooking or reading comprehension), books on religion or mythology, workbooks, games, kits and toys.

This unit may not include all those areas, but as part of a larger American History unit, there will be adequate variety. Though this unit may only be 3-4 weeks, our American History units will span several months.

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

I debated whether I should have a separate unit for Native American Indians because the stories and history of the Native Americans spans the whole history of the US. This is a small compilation of supplies that would stand alone as a unit, but what would be more authentic is to distribute these materials over all our other American History unit, as currently each unit only has a little bit of relevant Native American material.

While most of these supplies came from Rainbow Resource, there are a few books that were hand-me-down. Our Indian Fire Drill was purchased many years ago (possibly from a museum gift shop), but looks like something a crafter or woodworker could make. Don’t forget to check out the complete playlist!

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

California history including the gold rush make up this unit. It’s a mix of biographies, historical fiction, resource books, kits and a ‘how to draw’ book. I think I’m most looking forward to the kit we got for panning for gold. We also really like the ‘Who Was…” books for their simplicity, content and illustrations. No unit of mine would be complete without a hands-on activity and this unit includes a ‘gold’ excavation kit.

You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

Finding high school material for a highschooler that wasn’t a traditional textbook was not easy to find. This series of books by Joy Hakim covers US history from pre-history to 2008 in 10 well-written and illustrated volumes. The 11th volume is source book with original sources and documents to supplement the series or to be used on its own. You can also supplement these books with workbooks special designed to complete each volume in two grade levels! One set is suitable for students 5th-8th grade and the second level is for high school.

Looking for a complete history of the US? I have five American History series that would be suitable for all elementary and high school. The History of US by Joy Hakim would work for students as young as 5th grade through high school. The books are sold separately or as a set and you can also purchase student workbooks and teaching guides to accompany each volume.

 

Don’t forget to check out the American History Curriculum Haul Playlist. You can get the complete list of materials we are using for all our American History Units by click here or visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

 

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