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Free Stories of Faith in American History Unit Study - Homeschool Helper Online

In God We Trust - Stories of Faith in American History - Submitted by Elizabeth T.
Grades 1-4

Library List:
CORE TEXT: In God We Trust- Stories of Faith in American History by Timothy Crater and Ranelda Hunsicker
The Light and the Glory for Children by Peter Marshall and David Manuel
The Light and the Glory Activity Book
From Sea to Shining Sea for Children by Peter Marshall and David Manuel
From Sea to Shining Sea Activity Book
OPTIONAL:(out of print and difficult to obtain) Stories of American History by Wilbur F. Gordy


Each week, you will read one short chapter in In God We Trust, and supplement the biographical material with further enrichment activities. You will create a notebook as you go, with narrations of what you learn, copywork related to the topic, Bible verses that fit in with the subject, and other information that is pertinent. While optional, the activity books listed are wonderful additions to the study. The books are fully reproducible, so you can make copies for each of your children, and they can add them to their notebooks. They may enjoy coloring them while you read aloud to them, if they are younger. There is additional reading from the other core texts that compliments the material in In God We Trust, and there are other read aloud titles listed for some chapters as well. You will also place a timeline figure for each chapter.

The following is a list of the subject of each chapter, with ideas for supplements and enrichment activities.

1. Leif Ericson - AD1000
*Learn something about the Vikings
*Read Aloud: Leif the Lucky (Ingri & Edgar D'Aulaire)

2. Stephen Langton -1155-1228 -LIGHT WEEK
*Obtain copy of Magna Carta to read and include in notebook

3. Christopher Colombus -1451-1506
For older children read: I, Colombus - the journal of Christopher Colombus (Lisl Weil)
*Read Aloud: Light and Glory ch 1-2 / coloring page 3-11 and GAME pg 8-9
*Notebooking page - Colombus ships
*Sower Series biography: Christopher Colombus

4. Valient Virginians - 1607
*Light and Glory ch 4 / coloring page 17-19
*Mapwork: Virginia
*Stories of American History: ch XI

5. Mayflower Pilgrims -1620 -LOTS! (2 weeks?)
*Book: If you sailed On the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern
*Light and Glory ch 5-6 / coloring pg 20-33
*Ch 1-2 in Big American Heroes
*Notebook page - Thanksgiving Pilgrims

6. John Winthrop 1588-1649
*Light and Glory ch 7-8 / coloring p 34-42-these pages deal with the Puritans and may be split up between this week and next week, R.Williams

7. Roger Williams 1603-1683
*Mapwork: Rhode Island
*Light and Glory ch 9 and continue coloring of Puritans

8. James Oglethorpe 1696-1785 - LIGHT WEEK- combine w/ ch 9
*Bible verse: James 2:15-17
*Mapwork: Georgia
*Stories of Early Georgia - ch XVI in Stories of American History

9. Calverts 1634 - LIGHT week - combine w/ ch 8
*Mapwork:Maryland
*Light and Glory: ch 3; vocabulary word for notebook: martyr
*Talk about/ pray for persecuted Christians

10. John Eliot 1604-1690
*Bunny Trail: Indians
*Light and Glory Coloring pg 12-13
*Notebooking page: Indian boots

11. Father Jacques Marquette 1637-1676
*Mapwork: Mississippi River
*Light and Glory coloring p 14-15
* Stories of American History- ch XVIII
*Bunny Trail: Lewis and Clark

12. William Penn 1644-1718
*Bunny Trail: Colonial Life
*The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
*Hands-on: Try writing w/ a quill and ink
*Mapwork: Pennsylvania

13. Eusebio Francisco Kino 1637-1675-COMBINE w/ ch 14
*Learn something about the Pima Indians

14. Father Junipero Serra 1713-1784 -COMBINE w/ ch 13
*Mapwork: California
*Bible verse: "No one who has left mother or father…"

15. Eleazar Wheelock 1711-1779- LIGHT week
*Talk about prejudice. Bible verse: Jn 3:16 and 2 Peter3:9
*INSERT further study about French/Indian Wars also, if desired

16. Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758
*Learn more about the Great Awakening
*Light and Glory ch 10
*Trial and Triumph ch 31-35

17. John Witherspoon 1723-1794
*If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution (by Kay Moore)
*Coloring pg 46-48
*Big American Heroes ch 4

18. Samuel Adams 1722-1803
*Learn more about the American Revolution cont.
*Coloring pages 49-50
*Big American Heroes ch 5-6

19. Paul Revere 1735-1818
*Learn more about the American Revolution cont: Light and Glory ch 11
*Coloring pages 51-52
*And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (Jean Fritz)

20. John Adams 1735-1826
*Learn more about the American Revolution cont-Light and Glory ch 12
*Coloring p 53

21. Patrick Henry 1736-1799
*Notebooking page - Revolutionary war soldiers
* Light and Glory ch 13 AND coloring p 54 and 56
*Stories of American History ch XXIII

22. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg 1746-1807-LIGHT week
*Bible verses: Ecc 3- a time for everything - use for copywork
*Big American Heroes ch 7-8

23. George Washington 1732-1799
*Book: George Washington's Breakfast - by Jean Fritz
*Light and Glory ch 14-15 AND coloring p. 55, 57-63, 67

24. Benjamin Rush 1747-1813-COMBINE with ch 25
*Doctor. Talk about how each one can use his gifts to serve the Lord.
*Big American Heroes ch 9-10

25. John Jay 1745-1829 - COMBINE with ch 24
*Learn more about the American Bible Society
*Mapwork: PA and NY

26. James Madison 1751-1836
*Mapwork: Virginia
*Sea to Sea ch 5
*Copywork: quote at bottom of page 109

27. Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
*Book: Benjamin Franklin by Peter Roop and Connie Roop OR Benjamin Franklin by Edgar Parin and Ingri d'Aulaire
Light and Glory Coloring p 64-66
*Obtain copy of preamble for notebook - may use for copywork
*Notebook page - "We The People"

28. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney 1746-1825 - LIGHT week
*Talk about bribes. Bible verse:Ex 23:8
*Mapwork: South Carolina and France
*Big American Heroes ch 11-12

29. Abigail Adams 1744-1814
*Talk about what a good wife is/ does
*Bible verses for copywork from text: 1 Kings 3:9 and Luke 19:42
*Sower Series Biography: Abigail Adams

30. John Marshall 1755-1835
*Talk about what a judge is/ does
* Sea to Sea ch 6

31. Francis Scott Key 1779-1843
*Learn the Star Spangled Banner!
*Sea to Sea ch 7-8
*Big American Heroes ch 13-14

32. John Quincy Adams 1767-1848
*Talk about being a pleasing son. Bible verse:prov 8:32
*Mapwork: Europe. Trace their travels there.
*Sea to Sea ch 9

33. Pilgrims of Hawaii 1819-1841- LIGHT week
"Mapwork: Hawaii - notebook page from homeschool share
"Big Heroes ch 15

34. Charles Grandison Finney 1792-1875
*Review the Ten Commandments
*Sea to Sea ch 13
*Mapwork: Ohio
*Big American Heroes ch 16

35. Noah Webster 1758-1843
*Learn more about using a dictionary; Practice!
*Talk about the importance of words: Bible verse: Prov 12:18, Prov 16:24
*Big American Heroes ch 17

36. Samuel Finley Breese Morse 1791-1872
*Learn more about the morse code. Try it!
*Big American Heroes ch 18

37. Missionaries on Oregon Trail 1836-1874
*Bunny Trail on Pioneer Life -book: Children of the Covered Wagon by Mary Jane Carr
* Sea to Sea ch 14, ch 2
*Notebooking page - covered wagon

38. Daniel Webster 1782-1852
*Book: If you lived at the time of the Civil War - Kay Moore
*The First Book of the Civil War by Dorothy Levenson
*Copywork: quote on page 157

39. Elijah Parish Lovejoy 1802-1837
*Talk about the many ways we can share our faith
*Talk about suffering/dying for our faith

40. Frederick Douglass 1817-1895 - LOTS (2 weeks?)
*Learn about slavery- Light and Glory ch 15
*Sea to Sea ch 1, ch 10-11, ch 16
*If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America (by Anne Kamma)
*Frederick Douglass : Freedom Fighter by Lillie Patterson
*Copywork: quote on pg 165 sidebar

41. Sojourner Truth 1797-1883
*The Lord is with us, even in hard times. Bible verse: Ps 46:1
*If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad (by Ellen Levine)

42. Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
*Read Emancipation Proclamation and include in notebook
*Notebook page - White House

43. Robert Edward Lee 1807-1870
*Gallant Christian Soldier Robert E Lee - Sower series biography by Lee Roddy OR
*America's Robert E. Lee by Henry S. Commager
*Notebooking page - confederate soldier

44. Clara Harlowe Barton 1821-1912
*Learn more about the Red Cross
*Bible verse: "Inasmuch as you've done it…"

45. Hiram Revels 1827-1901
*Mapwork: MS, NC, IN, OH, MD, MO, DC (trace life travels on a US map)
*Discuss how blacks rights were limited, even after slavery ended with book: Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

46. James Garfield 1831-1881
*Copywork: quote on page 196

47. Frances Elizabeth Willard 1839-1898
*Mapwork :WI, IL
*Talk about liquor and its effects. Bible vs: Prov 23:32

48. Francis Bellamy 1856-1931
*Notebooking page - flags
*Memorize the Pledge of Allegiance
*Book: The Pledge of Allegiance

49. Mary McLeod Bethune 1875-1955
*Copywork: quote from pg 209-210 about flowers
*Bible verse: Jn 3:16 "God so loved ALL the world…"

50. Katherine Lee Bates 1859-1929
*Learn to sing America the Beautiful and use lyrics for copywork
*Find pictures of Pike's Peak for notebook
*Mapwork: CO, including Pikes Peak