Harriet Tubman Unit Study

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There are so many wonderful people who have made America the place it is today. Since February is Black History Month we decided to study an amazing woman, Harriet Tubman. Currently in our regular history curriculum we are studying Moses, so what better person is there to study, than the Moses of her people, Harriet Tubman.

Free 19 page unit study on Harriet Tubman

Did you know that Family Christian has a few different resources about Harriet Tubman? They have so many more amazing items than I would have ever guessed. After a quick look at their website I decided to purchase Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer. It looked like a fun book geared for kids.

Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer is part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series. The books are historical fiction but stick to the spirit and values that influenced the person’s development. The books are written on a reading level that is suitable for kids eight to twelve.


Harriet Tubman: Freedom's Trailblazer
When you are dealing with such a horrible part of history you never know how a book is going to depict the bad parts of history. I don’t want a book that sugar coats history and downplays the violence, but I also don’t want a book that is so full of violence that it scares my child. I think that Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer is a happy medium. The book talks about the violence and the horrible things that happened to many of the slaves. It talks about the struggles they faced and makes history come to life in a personal way. You aren’t learning about some random person, but a person who has hopes and dreams. You learn about someone who has a family but doesn’t get to see all of them. It gives a very personal view.

The violence of the time is talked about but not in too much detail. You learn about a slave who was branded with a branding iron when he tried to run away and the possibility of getting half of their foot cut off if they were caught.  The “n” word is used frequently in the book by the slave owners, but I think it really depicts the way the slaves were talked to. There is violence but it is necessary to study about that part of history. The best part of the book is that it shows how Harriet put her trust in God even through horrific times.

I learned a lot about Harriet Tubman by reading this book, so I decided to create a free unit study about it. It is a 19 page study that includes reading comprehension worksheets, suggested activities, and other topics to study. To get the most use out of the study you will need the book, Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer. But there are many fun ideas that you can use even without the book.  Click the link below to download your copy.

Harriet Tubman Study

Harriet Tubman DVD

To go along with the book I also purchased the Nest Family Entertainment video, Inspiring Heroes Harriet Tubman. It is a 45 minute animated video about the life of Harriet Tubman. Since the video is only 45 minutes long it doesn’t go into a lot of details about Harriet but it is a great overview of her life and the underground railroad for younger children.  We really like the Inspiring Heroes DVDs because they add a visual aspect to our studies.

Adventures in Odyssey: For God & Country

The final item I purchased was Adventures in Odyssey For God and Country. It is an audio drama depicting twelve different stories on American History. We haven’t listened to the entire thing yet, but we listened to the three part story all about the underground railroad. It didn’t mention Harriet Tubman, but it did give another aspect to the hardships of the underground railroad.

When we put those three resources together I felt we had a great idea about who Harriet Tubman was as a person. I also found a few other resources to round out our study of this amazing woman.

There are two different games about the underground railroad.

  • Scholastic – this one is not as interactive, but it is educational and fun.
  • National Geographic – this one is available online free or on Kindle for a small fee. It has an Oregon Trail feel where you make choices to determine if you will make it to freedom.

Here are some free printable resources

  • Scholastic – There are a lot of worksheets for different grade levels.
  • Word searches – This is a fun word search about the underground railroad.

There are so many wonderful African Americans who played a major part in American history. We should be learning about them as part of history, but take a special effort to learn even more each February. Who are you going to learn more about this Black History month?

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President’s Day Resources and Free Printable

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Last year one of our focuses was learning about the Presidents. The goal for our president study was for AJ to get a basic understanding of the significance of each president, learn a little about each one, and be able to name the presidents in the order that they served.

 

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Over a period of two weeks AJ made a President Book. I found a few different printable notebooking pages online but I didn’t find one that I really liked so I decided to make my own. You can download it here. Just print off a sheet for each president you are studying.

Here are a few of the resources we used.

We checked out a lot of books from the library about the Presidents. A few were fairly dull and some were amazing. Here are our favorite books.

 

We love the DK Eyewitness books, and this one was perfect to supplement our president study. Most of the presidents have at least a page written about them and some had even more. The book we used didn’t have the clip-art CD but that would have been helpful when AJ was making her book.

 

While the Presidents were our main focus, we also touched on the First Ladies. They are an important part of history and we both found this book fascinating. There were so many wonderful pictures.

 

Another great book we used was Time for Kids: Presidents of the United States what we liked about this book was that it had a lot of fun facts about the presidents.The reading level was also a bit easier. Each of the books had enough different information that we didn’t get bored reading all three.

After AJ finished her book we used some President flashcards that we found at Target in the “Dollar Spot” I bought two sets and we played go-fish, war (Abraham Lincoln would win over George Washington since 16 is larger than 1), and memory. AJ had a blast and we both learned more about the presidents.

 


Throughout the year we learned a lot about Abraham Lincoln. One of our favorite videos was the Inspiring Heroes DVD. The video is only about 30 minutes long, but there is so much information delivered in that time. The video comes with a free 48 page coloring and activity book all about Abraham Lincoln. I was able to find the activity book online for free but I can no longer find it. You can purchase it from Nest Learning for under $2 and it is well worth the price. AJ enjoyed the workbook, but it is really geared for kids second to fourth grade in my opinion. There is a video about George Washington as well, but we haven’t watched it yet.

The best part about our study was trying to learn the Animaniacs President Song.

The song isn’t for everyone. It pokes fun of a few presidents and mentions how a few of the presidents drank. It also ends with the Clinton administration. AJ liked it and memorized a good portion of the song.

We downloaded a few apps to AJ’s Kindle Fire so she could practice even more. Our favorite was US Presidents.

 

The US Presidents is a matching game and every time you get a correct match you are told the President’s name and number. It was free when I posted this.
We do a lot of lapbooks and before AJ made her President’s Book we were going to use this free lapbook created by Heather from Marine Corps and Nomads. It has a lot of great information.
Overall we had a successful President Study. I hope you are able to use some of these resources to make your study a little bit better.

This post will be part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew Round-up of President’s Day Resources. Check out what other Crew members are sharing. (This link will be live on 1-28-15)

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Free Pumpkin Fraction Worksheet

This year it is my goal to make math a little bit more exciting for AJ. One day a week we try to either do a fun worksheet that I make up to review previous skills she has learned, play a game, or do a hands on activity. Since this week is Halloween, I decided to make a pumpkin themed worksheet for her.

AJ has just started learning about mixed numbers and the worksheet should be quite simple. It is meant to be a quick review of fractions that are less than, equal to, or greater than one.

Click on the picture to download a copy of the worksheet for FREE. Be sure to print it in landscape for best results.

Valentine’s Day Math Printable

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have seen a lot of great worksheets and activities geared for the younger elementary set, but not too many for the older group. I created two math activities for AJ and wanted to share them with you. They are geared for upper elementary students. Click on the picture to download your copy!

The first is a coordinate grid picture. I have a list of points that will form a simple picture once the directions on the page are followed.

The second activity is Candy Heart Math. Using a box of conversation hearts, a ruler, colored pencils, and a paper bag, a few different math topics are practiced. The topics include graphing, probability, measuring, perimeter, area, volume, mean, medium, mode, range, decimals, fractions, and percent. There is no answer key since everyone will have different results.

I hope your kids have a lot of fun working on math with these worksheets.