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March 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

We’ve done a bit of this and a bit of that this past week.  NOTE: all the links in this post can be found on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog (  These specifically can be found on the American History page.

We watched this reading of The Declaration of Independence.  It’s a fifteen minute video narrated by Morgan Freedman, but then the Declaration is read by a number of famous actors and actresses. I thought it was really interesting to hear it read and made it easier for me to help my elementary school students understand what it said and why.

As an encore to the Revolution we did a week on the War of 1812. My 2nd and 4th graders each made a power point slide show answer the five W questions. They added pictures and sound effects. It was a fun, easy project. They had never used power point before, but I was familiar with it so I could show them quickly to get started.

We didn’t study this war in detail like we did the Revolution, but we did take the time to learn more about when the British set fire to Washington. We watched this presentation about it. On that links blog you can find the link to learn about other battles of this war.

My kids (with me as narrator) acted out this skit on Fort McHenry (and the story behind the National Anthem). This is from

the directions for making this hat are in the download

We also put together this lapbook about the Native Americans in the plains from  This is in preparation for beginning our expedition out west 🙂

I almost always have my two older  kids work together on one lapbook. I only occasionally have them do separate ones, but I have never yet had them do identical separate ones. I printed out the tepee pattern twice and the jewelry pattern twice so they each could color their own. There are some more things available than we used. We used our own print out of America for the cover. You can find the link to print out a map here.  We read “If You Lived with the Sioux Indians” to go along with this.


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