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Monday, April 28

Third Grade, History, Set Two

We finished reading George Washington's World. Here are books we read to learn more:
  • Eli Whitney: Great Inventor by Jean Lee Latham -- this is a Discovery Biography and is written in a manner that is interesting to children and adults. I would consider this a "living book".
  • The Inventions of Eli Whitney by Holly Cefrey -- I had K. read this on her own. It does not cover his life in the detail of the book by Ms. Latham, but just has snippets accompanying illustrations.
  • Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer by Linda Lowery -- the time period of this book is 1859 - 1885, so technically we should not have read it yet. This is an "On My Own Biography", so it was written for children. In it you learn about pioneers and how black people were treated.
  • Has a Cow Saved Your Life? by Deborah Underwood -- about Edward Jenner and how he developed the smallpox vaccine. This book is interesting and informative with lots of illustrations. It also discusses the scientific method.
  • Robert Fulton by Lola M. Schaefer -- this is a very simple book. It has black and white illustrations and basic information presented in simple terms. We read this book first, then read other books to learn more details.
  • Watt Got You Started, Mr. Fulton? by Robert Quackenbush -- from the illustrations this looks like a very interesting book, but after reading a few pages, we put it away because, to me, it was boring.
  • What's So Great About...? Robert Fulton by Jim Whiting -- this book is written in an interesting way with many illustrations and it filled in a lot of details.
  • Documents of Freedom by Gwenyth Swain -- we read the portion about the Bill of Rights.
  • Understanding the U.S. Constitution by Sally Senzell Isaacs -- we didn't actually use this book because we had read a few books about the constitution and it didn't have detailed information about the Bill of Rights like the above book did.
  • Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson -- a story told by a doll about the Underground Railroad.
  • The Cherokee by Emilie U. Lepthien -- this is in the "True Book" series. It is well written for children and covers a wide variety of topics, including The Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah, Broken Treaties, and The Trail of Tears.
  • Sequoyah by James Rumford -- a children's book about why and how Sequoyah developed a written language for the Cherokee.
  • My Easy-to-Read True Book of Pioneers by Mabel Harmer -- covers pioneers from Daniel Boone to the completion of the transcontinental railroad (about 100 years). It includes subjects such as, How They Traveled, Dangers on the Way, Pioneer Homes, and Pioneer Children.
Books we didn't get to:
  • If you Lived with the Cherokee by Peter and Connie Roop
  • Robert Fulton: The Steamboat Man by Carin T. Ford
  • The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin
  • Native American Migration by Tracee Sioux
In our notebook of 50 States, we completed through state #16, Tennessee, which joined the Union in 1796. We are adding pages about the presidents to this book. Inserting them at the correct time when they first became president. We will probably add other things, like the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, etc.

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