Monday, August 12, 2013

American Revolution - Posters and Videos

This will be my third year teaching 5th grade social studies and I'm slowly making and purchasing resources.

One of the first things I picked up was the video series, Liberty's Kids. My students love this series.  We usually watch the portion of the series before we read about it in our book. The students always refer back to the movie when we are discussing people or events.  I picked up a gently used copy on eBay, but you can get it at Amazon for only $9.99. That is much cheaper that I was able to get it for!!


I will also show them the portion of America: The Story of Us that pertains to the American Revolution.  You can get it on Amazon for $15.99.


The students are usually split on which they like better but I think most of them like the cartoon the best.

Our state test always has specific people the students must know, so I made a set of posters to use in my room and listed them on TpT. You get 38 posters and 7 interactive foldable graphic organizers.


You can see all of the posters and organizers here:


If you are looking for more ideas on the American Revolution take a look at Fifth in the Middle's Linky party.
American Revolution Linky



Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's a Feudal, Feudal World: A different Medieval History




It's a Feudal, Feudal World: A different Medieval History by Stephen Shapiro and Ross Kinnaird.

I was lucky to see a copy of this book through NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd.  I absolutely LOVED this book and will be using it in my classroom this year.

The book starts just after the Roman Empire falls and takes us through the start of the Renaissance. The book is filled with little tidbits of information presented in a comical form. I often found myself chuckling out loud as I read the book and I know my students will too.

The book has awesome graphics that will keep children interested in the history they are learning. SOme of the topics covered are religions, vikings, feudal society, the silk road, Crusades and the Black Death.

This is a definite must have book for any teacher that teaches this time period!

You can pre-order this book on Amazon as it doesn't come out until Aug. 20.



Here is just a sampling of some of the pages:


“from It’s a Fuedal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History (c) 2013 Stephen Shapiro (text), (c) 2013 Ross Kinnaird (illustrations), published by Annick Press Ltd., used by permission.”


“from It’s a Fuedal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History (c) 2013 Stephen Shapiro (text), (c) 2013 Ross Kinnaird (illustrations), published by Annick Press Ltd., used by permission.”



“from It’s a Fuedal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History (c) 2013 Stephen Shapiro (text), (c) 2013 Ross Kinnaird (illustrations), published by Annick Press Ltd., used by permission.”