How to Use This Course
Through engaging text, pictures, crafts, maps, and more, early elementary students can discover the beginnings of the United States of America, from Columbus to the Bill of Rights. Weekly lessons provide the material you need to bring the past to life, and plenty of supplemental links to free resources around the Internet share ideas to keep your students engaged throughout the week with what they have learned.
This thirty-four week study of early American history begins with Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World in 1492 and ends with the creation of the Bill of Rights in 1791–about 300 years! My aim is to spark your child’s interest in our amazing history through the use of text, vocabulary words, pictures, crafts, maps, games, speeches, and even some recipes. Your child will learn about the founding of Jamestown, Pocahontas, the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, as well as the role of faith in the Colonies, problems in the birth of our government, and the history of the American flag.
Most of the weekly history lesson will be contained in the text. Links will be provided to round out your student’s learning and can be used at your discretion. Some lessons will have printables, but those will mostly be color sheets, mazes, and puzzles, not worksheets. The best way to learn history is to talk about it. Read the lesson with your child, do the extras that are provided, and then talk about the who, what, where, when, why, and how. Occasionally comprehension questions will be provided, but again, those can be done aloud.
Our country has a rich, colorful history! I hope you and your child together learn more about this incredible land we call home.
Printable weekly lessons
- Week One: Christopher Columbus
- Week Two: New World Explorers: Ponce de Leon, Amerigo Vespucci, and Hernando De Soto
- Week Three: Sir Walter Raleigh and Roanoke Island
- Week Four: Founding of Jamestown
- Week Five: Powhatan, Pocahontas, and Captain John Smith
- Week Six: The New England Colonies
- Week Seven: Pilgrims, Puritans, and Separatists
- Week Eight: William Bradford and the Mayflower Compact
- Week Nine: Native American Tribes
- Week Ten: The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving Day
- Week Eleven: Women in the New World—Anne Hutchinson
- Week Twelve: The Middle Colonies
- Week Thirteen: Southern Colonies
- Week Fourteen: House of Burgesses
- Week Fifteen: Life in the Colonies
- Week Sixteen: Religion in the Colonies
- Week Seventeen: The French and Indian War
- Week Eighteen: Problems in the New World/Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty
- Week Nineteen: Patrick Henry
- Week Twenty: The Boston Tea Party
- Week Twenty-One: First Continental Congress
- Week Twenty-Two: “The Shot Heard Round the World” and Paul Revere
- Week Twenty-Three: American Revolution, Part 1
- Week Twenty-Four: American Revolution, Part 2
- Week Twenty-Five: Famous Americans—George Washington
- Week Twenty-Six: Famous Americans—Thomas Paine and Common Sense
- Week Twenty-Seven: Declaration of Independence
- Week Twenty-Eight: Victory at Yorktown
- Week Twenty-Nine: History of the American Flag
- Week Thirty: Articles of Confederation—the first U.S. Constitution
- Week Thirty-One: Shay’s Rebellion and the Constitutional Convention
- Week Thirty-Two: James Madison and Thomas Jefferson
- Week Thirty-Three: First U.S. President and the New Government
- Week Thirty-Four: The Bill of Rights
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