History Updates: World War I

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We have been trying to get back into our routine since having baby Joseph. The older children are doing a great job getting their contract work and this week I managed to get most of the other work done with them that I had planned. We were focusing on World War I and used this online video from North Carolina History Museum. The video focuses on North Carolinians in World War I but is applicable to anyone studying World War I. One of the big focuses of the video is trench warfare, so to help me assess how much the children learned I had them complete the notebooking page on World War I trench warfare from Notebookingpages.com. They have so many different options, just on World War I they have over 50 pages.

Next week we are going to talk about the ‘Roaring 20s’ and I’m using the People in the 1920s coloring book for my daughter from this History by the Decade set. We may also watch this YouTube video, 1920-1929: Boom to Bust. Please note that the video does briefly describe lynching so you may want to preview it before showing it to younger children. We will be doing a study on Duke Ellington and other jazz artists.  This collection is free with prime, Duke Ellington and More.

My son is researching World War I rations and finding that much has changed since the Civil War. He will be preparing us a meal to resemble those rations, stay tuned next week for pictures of that. He also chose to learn about and create a PowerPoint presentation on the Presidents from this time period for his monthly project. He will be presenting that to us next week. Elizabeth is working on her Freedom’s Heroes Badge for American Heritage Girls. This badge is not directly tied to World War I but focuses on our military and military history.

For reading they are going to have several choices including Kit Kittredge (we may also watch the movie).  Another good option is The Great Depression (the American Adventure Series). We also have this biography about Babe Ruth that would be interesting for any sports fans.

All in all we enjoyed this week’s lessons and are looking forward to a busy week next week wrapping up this section by focusing on the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression. Also, don’t forget to make a Lego project related to history and send us a picture to go in this month’s Lego Challenge.  Let us know what you are doing in history in the comments!

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