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The American Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I asked my kids what they liked most about this unit, my older child couldn’t decide; she doesn’t like stories about war. My younger child answered immediately: the horses. Indeed, there are lots of horses in these stories. They and their riders, through acts of war and acts of non-martial bravery, shaped our nation. Since we live in an area rich with Revolutionary War history, we capped this unit with a visit to an historical site—Washington’s Headquarters.  There’s history and biography here to illustrate the incredible lives of our founding fathers and mothers and, of course, lots of horses.

  1. The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Marie Nonnast
  2. The 18 Penny Goose by Sally Walker and Ellen Beier
  3. Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History by Don Brown
  4. American Revolution: A Non-Fiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Bryce, and Sal Murdocca
  5. The American Revolution from A to Z by Laura Crawford and Judith Hierstein
  6. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz and Margot Tomes
  7. The Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport and Emily Arnold McCully
  8. The Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole
  9. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts and Diane Goode
  10. George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley and Don Bolognese
  11. George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
  12. George Washington by Caroline Crosson Gilpin
  13. George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy and Richard Walz
  14. George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora, and Brock Cole
  15. Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky and Greg Harlin
  16. Haym Salomon: American Patriot by Susan Goldman Rubin and David Slonim
  17. Henry and the Cannons by Don Brown
  18. I am George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos
  19. If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore and Daniel O’Leary
  20. If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy and Joan Holub
  21. Independence Cake by Deborah Hopkinson and Giselle Potter
  22. Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt Faulkner
  23. John, Paul, George, & Ben by Lane Smith
  24. Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord, First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Larry Day
  25. Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation by Kristen Fulton and Holly Berry
  26. Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy by Shannon Zemlicka and Craig Orback
  27. Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris and Vincent X. Kirsch
  28. Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ted Rand
  29. A Picture Book of George Washington by David Adler, John Wallner, and Alexandra Wallner
  30. A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams by David Adler, Michael Adler, and Ronald Himler
  31. A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler, John Wallner, and Alexandra Wallner
  32. Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley by Ann Malaspina and Susan Keeter
  33. Rebel with a Cause: The Daring Adventure of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution by Kathleen Kudlinski and Rudy Faber
  34. Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca
  35. The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowd by Kitty Griffin and Marjorie Priceman
  36. Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley and Arnold Lobel
  37. A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne Rockwell and Flyod Cooper
  38. Sybil’s Night Ride by Karen Winnick
  39. They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell and Cynthia von Buhler
  40. Who Was Abigail Adams? by True Kelley and John O’Brien
  41. Who Was Betsy Ross? by James Buckley Jr. and John O’Brien
  42. Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren by Gretchen Woelfle and Alexandra Wallner
  43. Yankee Doodle by Steven Kellogg
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Colonial Times

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It was easy to get carried away with our unit study of colonial times because the resources listed below helped us to explore nearly every aspect of that historical era. We made colonial crafts, recreated recipes of the times, and visited historical sites to capture the feeling of the American colonies. This list emphasizes the daily life as well as the big issues of the day so we can see the ways that the micro- and macro-levels of history converge. And while we didn’t talk about it with quite that language, it came up conceptually—until we got distracted again by conversations about colonial bathrooms.

  1. Watch “Ben and Me” on Walt Disney’s Timeless Tales, Volume 3
  2. Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos, Discovered, Edited, and Illustrated by Robert Lawson
  3. The Blacksmith by Bobbie Kalman
  4. The Cold, Hard facts about Science and Medicine in Colonial America by Elizabeth Raum
  5. Colonial Times from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman
  6. Watch clips from “Colonial Williamsburg”
  7. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Doctor by Laurie Krebs
  8. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Glassblower by J. L. Branse
  9. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Indigo Planter by Laurie Krebs
  10. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Innkeeper by Kathy Wilmore
  11. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Lighthouse Keeper by Laurie Krebs
  12. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Miller by Laurie Krebs
  13. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Printer by Kathy Wilmore
  14. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Sailmaker by Laurie Krebs
  15. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Schoolteacher by Kathy Wilmore
  16. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Shipwright by Laurie Krebs
  17. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Wigmaker by Kathy Wilmore
  18. The Dish on Food and Farming in Colonial America by Anika Fajardo
  19. The Dreadful, Smelly Colonies: The Disgusting Details about Life in Colonial America by Elizabeth Raum
  20. Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
  21. A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall
  22. Hasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff: Cooking in Colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord and Jan Davy Elis
  23. If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern and Brinton Turkle
  24. If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner and Jenny Williams
  25. Inventors and Inventions in Colonial America by Charlie
  26. Journey to Monticello: Traveling in Colonial Times by James E. Knight
  27. The Milliner by Niki Walker, Bobbie Kalman, and Barbara Bedell
  28. Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen and Michael J. Deraney
  29. The New Americans: Colonial Times (1620-1689) by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro
  30. Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney
  31. The Real Story about Government and Politics in Colonial America by Kristine Carlson Asselin
  32. The Real Story on the Weapons and Battles of Colonial America by Kristine Carlson Asselin
  33. The Scoop on Clothes, Homes, and Daily Life in Colonial America by Elizabeth Raum
  34. The Scoop on School and Work in Colonial America by Bonnie Hinman
  35. When I Was Built by Jennifer Thermes