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Friday, October 17

Third Grade, History, Set Six

From Abraham Lincoln's World, we read pages 210 - 283.

We added presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, along with the states of California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Kansas to our American History notebooks.

We completed two more lessons of California History, learning about the desert plants, animals, and the Chemehuevi Indians.

We read chapter six in Industrial Revolution.

Here are other books we enjoyed:

Women's Suffrage
  • The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully -- a picture book story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  • If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights by Anne Kamma -- this book is mostly about the years 1848 to 1920.

The West
  • Wagon Trains and Settlers by Ellen H. Todras -- we did not read all of this book. Each page is stuffed with information. It will be a good book to get again. Some topics it covers are: Manifest Destiny, outfitting a wagon, daily routines on the trail, major trails, and settling in the West.
  • Projects About Westward Expansion by Marian Broida -- this book lets you travel to Kentucky in 1788, along the Oregon Trail around 1850, and visit homesteads in Nebraska in 1885. This is a fun quick book to read because it has so many projects.

California Gold Rush
  • The Legend of Freedom Hill by Linda Jacobs Altman -- a picture book about two girls, Rosabel and Sophie, who find gold to buy the freedom of Rosabel's mother after the slave catcher finds her.
  • The California Gold Rush by Mel Friedman -- this is part of the "A TRUE Book" series. It has lots of illustrations and is well written and understandable for children.
  • Life During the Gold Rush by Janey Levy -- this book covered a few things that the previous book didn't, so I just read those pages to K.
  • Treasure in the Stream by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler -- a story about a farming family whose daughter finds gold in a stream on their property.
  • Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express by Marlene Brill -- this book is in the On My Own History series. Relates how, in 1861, a boy named Charlie Miller became the youngest rider for the Pony Express.
Pony Express
  • They're Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness -- tells the why and how of the Pony Express, with great illustrations, including maps. It even has a list of all the Pony Express riders. It gives details of the first rides east and west along with other highlights, such as Bob Haslam's 380 mile ride during the Paiute war. Ends with the end of the Pony Express, just two days after the telegraph line was completed to the west coast.
  • Off Like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express by Michael P. Spradlin -- this book has a day by day account of the first ride east and west.
  • Hoofbeats of Danger by Holly Hughes -- this is in the American Girl History Mysteries series. This was a fun book to read as a family. It was very exciting and educational.
  • Who Was Abraham Lincoln? by Janet B. Pascal -- this is a well written chapter book for children. I read it, then had K. read it on her own. It tells about his entire life, but over half the book in on his presidency and the Civil War.
  • The Brontes: Scenes from the childhood of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Brighton -- delightful picture book with good information about their childhood
    • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte -- the one we read was in the Treasury of Illustrated Classis series. It was adapted by Sara Thomson and Illustrated by Richard Lauter.
  • John Charles Fremont: Western Pathfinder by Barbara Witteman -- interesting biography written for fourth grade and up.
  • How to Draw the Life and Times of Zachary Taylor by Roderic Schmidt -- interesting information about our twelfth president.
  • John Brown by Tom Streissguth -- this is an On My Own Biography book. It contains lots of illustrations and presents the facts of John Brown clearly, without condemning or condoning.
  • Florence Nightingale by Shannon Zemlicka -- this is from the On My Own Biography series. It is well written, covering her life in good detail, with lots of illustrations.
    • Florence Nightingale . . . and a new age of nursing by Sarah Ridley -- we read this book first. It is for younger children and gives the basic facts of Florence's life in an interesting manner. The other book fills in more details. This book has a timeline throughout, showing events in her life and the world.
  • My Tour of Europe by Theodore Roosevelt -- this is a picture book about Teddy Roosevelt's tour of Europe when he was 10 years old (1869).
Books for Older Children:
  • Annie Quinn in America by Mical Schneider -- this is a really good book. I read it and enjoyed it tremendously! It is about a family in Ireland, who are poor and hungry due to the potato famine; how they get to America and their adventures (sometimes sad) on the journey and in America.
  • Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg -- this book has lots of illustrations, and looks interesting for a high school student.
  • Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre by Stewart Ross -- although it has many illustrations, it also has lots of text.
  • Young Man in a Hurry: The Story of Cyrus W. Field by Jean Lee  Latham -- this book is the story of the man who "... was just the man that -- well -- held things together." and after thirteen years, the transatlantic cable was successfully laid.
Books we didn't have time to get to:
  • 1848: Year of Revolution by R.G. Grant
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • You Wouldn't want to sail on an Irish Famine Ship! by Jim Pipe
  • Gold! Gold from the American River! by Don Brown

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