Bound for Oregon

Bound for Oregon

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ISBN: 9780140383195
Grades: 5-7

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Load up your covered wagon and join the Todd family as they journey from their comfortable Arkansas home to the great unknown along the Oregon Trail. With only a guide book and their strong faith in God, the Todd family tackles the dangerous two thousand mile journey with courage and a pioneering spirit. Through the eyes of Mary Ellen, we see and experience the difficulties of the Todd family as they encounter rough terrain, broken down wagons, cholera, swollen river beds, and hostile Indians. In spite of all this, nothing will stop them from their dream of a homestead in the bountiful Oregon territory. This book is a great fictional introduction to life on the historical Oregon Trail. It is a great read and is full of concrete historical information to accompany any study of the wild Western Frontier and the pioneers who settled it. The author, Jean Van Leeuwen will draw any reader into the story with the details of life along the Oregon Trail. You can also track the Todd family's progress chapter-by-chapter with the use of the illustrated map provided on the first two pages. Will the Todd family make it to Oregon before winter hits? 167 pgs, pb. - elise

Category Description for America the Beautiful (Gr. 5-8):

Note: A new 2020 edition is coming soon. The core of the program remains the same; however, some lessons have been switched for new lessons with a different focus and the length of each lesson is now standardized. The layout of the program has also changed and some of the historical images have been updated with high- quality photos. Part One will cover roughly the same material with a few changes. In Part Two, five lessons from the first few units have been omitted and five new lessons have been added at the end to cover current events since the last printing. There have also been two changes to the literature package: "Indian Child Life" by Charles Eastman has taken the place of "The Sign of the Beaver" and "Katy’s Box" by Mary Evelyn Notgrass McCurdy is used instead of "Katy". Because of the changes, the new books will not be compatible with the old books; however, Notgrass will make the consumable books for the old edition available for purchase as digital downloads.

History is only the beginning of what this well-planned and user-friendly curriculum from the Notgrass family has to offer. The history is there, of course, in two large (about 500 pgs each) hardcover Texts. Part 1 takes the reader from the Native American nations (excellent coverage, by the way) through Reconstruction; Part 2 covers from the late 1800s to the present. The same comfortable readability weve seen in other Notgrass courses is divided into daily lessons (150) and grouped into weekly units (30). If youre emphasizing Americas beauty, it helps to have full-color pictures among the carefully selected artwork, and they do! Each unit is introduced by a short overview and a list of the lessons and books needed. Accompanying activities for each lesson might include "thinking biblically" (scripture copywork or Bible study), vocabulary, map study (weekly), literature (readings from We the People along with other suggested readings), creative writing, timeline work, and a family activity (more about these later). Each lesson also includes optional assignments for the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review book. If this sounds like a lot, keep in mind that this course only really needs a little additional grammar study to be social studies, Bible, and language arts all in one.

The Curriculum Set includes the two texts mentioned above as well as We the People and a comprehensive answer key along with both the Maps and the Timeline books (six books total). The original source reader that accompanies each Notgrass course is one of my favorite parts. We the People provides the same variety books and stories, newspaper articles, documents, poems, journals, memoirs and biographies, speeches, letters, and songs as their other courses, and skimming through it took me for a trip down memory lane and long ago classroom recitations. Its obvious that creative planning went into the family activities provided for each unit and found in the back of each text. Family Commemorative Coins, a Cupcake Factory, an Erie Canal diorama, and a Liberty Bell mosaic give an idea of the breadth of ideas.

Its hard to imagine a thorough study of American history without good map and timeline work. There are no worries here! Maps of America the Beautiful provides both a high quality map and accompanying assignments for each weekly unit. Corresponding to the chronological development of our country, youll find the expected maps (colonies, westward expansion, battles, etc.) but also some more unusual sets Americas Islands, for example. Youll want a quality set of colored pencils (the authors recommend Prismacolor pencils and I second this) red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, gray, and brown to complete the map assignments. Timeline of America the Beautiful provides an enjoyable timeline-creating experience. Arranged vertically (what a great idea!) on the page, each page depicts a ten-year slice of American life. Some events are noted already, but others are to be carefully written by the student as part of daily and weekly assignments (lines are provided). As space permits, high-quality line-art pictures are provided which can be colored (another use for those Prismacolors).

Two optional supplements coordinate with the course. The Student Workbook provides an activity page for each lesson. Offering plenty of variety, activities include crosswords, word searches, matching, rebus stories, fill-in-the-blanks, illustrations, multiple-choice and more. The Lesson Review book provides five questions for daily review and for literature selections as well as unit quizzes. Answers to both of these books and the timeline book are found in the Answer Key. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
5
Grade End
7
ISBN
9780140383195
EAN
051488005995
Binding
Trade Paper
Pages
256
Edition
Illustrated
Language
English
Ages
8 to 12
Audience
Juvenile
Awards
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award ( NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD ) 1996 ; Iowa Children's Choice Award ( NOMINATED FOR AN
Author
Jean Van Leevwen
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Puffin Books
Weight
0.3 (lbs.)
Dimensions
7.5" x 5.5" x 0.5"
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To read along with our 6th grade History curriculum (Veritas self-paced 1815-Present)
Jennifer B on Sep 25, 2020
We chose this book to go with our history program.
Heidi F on Jul 21, 2020
To read along with our 6th grade History curriculum (Veritas self-paced 1815-Present)
Jennifer B on Sep 25, 2020
Studying WA state
Nola S on Jul 24, 2020
We chose this book to go with our history program.
Heidi F on Jul 21, 2020
I needed this to complete my MFW Exploration to 1850 set.
JENNIFER W on Sep 13, 2019
Chose this because it goes with America the Beautiful History course by Notgrass.
Karen J on Jun 16, 2018
curriculum recommends it as a read aloud
Katie S on Mar 27, 2018
Suggested by curriculum
Heather E on Aug 9, 2017
Recommended by My Father's World
User on Aug 2, 2016
Studying WA state
Nola S on Jul 24, 2020
I needed this to complete my MFW Exploration to 1850 set.
JENNIFER W on Sep 13, 2019
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Our family really enjoyed this book. It included hardship and faith. It was not in any way preachy. Beautifully written.
June 3, 2016
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