This text presents fictional but realistic adventure stories of seventeenth-to-nineteenth century pioneer children in America. The text is divided into twelve units, each of which begins with a short synopsis of the period being studied. The history of that period is then told over several chapters in first-person narratives from the perspective of children who were living during that time. Each unit concludes with an interesting fact on how things were done in the past (such as "how the pioneers made cloth," or "how the blacksmith worked"), unit review questions, and suggested projects.
|Suggested Grade: 3rd|
|Author: Caroline D. Emerson|
|Copyright: 2002 (2nd edition)|
|Hardbound: 165 pages|
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I use CLASS to homeschool my oldest son, and do individual plans for my daughter, due to dyslexia. They are in fourth and first grade.This book was immersive and enjoyable. We finished it within a semester because my children absolutely loved it. They are dissapointed it ended, and are begging me to get more history books, because that is their favorite class.
This book epitomizes manifest destiny. Used this at private school and 3rd graders loved it! each chapter is written from a childs point of view which makes it easy for the learning student to "step into history". The book was so popular that my Advanced 2nd graders used it as just a reader.
Testing Material is very thorough and not intimidating.
I stumbled across this book at a book fair and picked it up; it has been a wonderful find! The stories are fascinating and I have to make my daughter stop reading (so that she will still have a history lesson to read the next day!).
The lessons are about fictional children in various stages of settling the United States; our modern children identify with the earlier children, but are also inspired to be courageous and industrious.
If you have a student who finds history "dry," try this captivating book. Don't be surprised if you find your kids dressing up like pioneers and building a fort in the backyard!
(By the way, this book could also be a great read aloud to younger students.)