United States

Louisiana

Louisiana

Geography: Louisiana

Louisiana  by: Amy Van Zee
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Feliciana Feydra LaRoux: A Cajun Tall Tale  by: Tynia Thomassie
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Three Little Cajun Pigs  by: Mike Artell
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Trombone Shorty  by: Troy Andrews
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Freedom in Congo Square  by: Carole Weatherford
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Alligator Sue  by: Sharon Doucet
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Chicken Joy on Redbean Road: A Bayou Country Romp  by: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
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A Good Night for Ghosts  by: Mary Pope Osbourne
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History: Ruby Bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges  by: Robert Coles
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Ruby Bridges  by: Simone T. Ribke
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Science: Hurricanes

Hurricane Watch  by: Melissa Stewart
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Hurricanes  by: Carol Ryback
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Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival  by: Kirby Larson
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Heroes of Hurricane Katrina  by: Allan Zullo
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Activities

  • Visit New Orleans!
  • Eat Cajun/Creole food
  • Hurricane lamp experiment
  • Watch “Reading Rainbow: Mama Don’t Allow” and “Boxes for Katje”
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Johnny Appleseed

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Geography

Ohio

Ohio  by: M.J. York
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B is for Buckeye  by: Marcia Schonberg
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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery  by: Judith Bloom Fradin
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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania: The Keystone State  by: Maria Lusted
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The Liberty Bell  by: Mary Firestone
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The Liberty Bell  by: Gail Sakurai
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Can We Ring the Liberty Bell?  by: Martha Rustad
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The Egg Tree  by: Katherine Milhous
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History: Johnny Appleseed

The Real Johnny Appleseed  by: Laurie Lawlor
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The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed  by: Margaret Hodges
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Seed by Seed: The Legend of John “Appleseed” Chapman  by: Esme Raji Codell
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Johnny Appleseed  by: James Howard Kunstler
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Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale  by: Steven Kellogg
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Johnny Appleseed  by: Christin Ditchfield
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Science: Apples

How Do Apples Grow?  by: Betsy Maestro
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From Blossom to Fruit  by: Gail Saunders-Smith
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Activities

  • Bake an apple pie!
  • Cut apples in half
  • Plant an apple seed in a pot – test the seeds first to see if they float or sink
  • Look up x-ray pictures of the Liberty Bell
United States

Oregon Trail

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History

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail  by: Karen Bush Gibson
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How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail  by: Tod Olson (not everything is appropriate for 2nd grade, but we just read bits and pieces)
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Westward to Home  by: Patricia Hermes
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The Golly Sisters Go West  by: Betsy Byars
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Pioneers

Wagon Wheels  by: Barbara Brenner
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I Have Heard of a Land  by: Joyce Carol Thomas
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Little House Picture Book Treasury  by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Welcome to Kirsten’s World  by: Susan Sinnott
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United States

Lewis & Clark Expedition

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We changed things up by revolving our studies around an event rather than a U.S. state.  We followed Lewis and Clark on their journey to Oregon, studying some of the states they journeyed through and some of the animals they encountered.


History

Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President  by: Shirley-Raye Redmond
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From Sea to Shining Sea  by: Callista Gingrich
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Lewis and Clark: Opening the American West  by: Ellen Rodger
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Lewis and Clark Expedition  by: John Perritano
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Westward Expansion  (pg. 7-19)  by: Teresa Domnauer
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Plains Indians

Indians of the Plains and Great Basin  by: World Book Inc.

Sacagawea

Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed  by: Stephen Krensky
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Geography

Missouri

Missouri: The Show Me State  by: Marcia Amidon Lusted
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Gateway Arch  by: Julie Murray
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Steamboat School  by: Deborah Hopkinson
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Nebraska

Nebraska: The Cornhusker State  by: Miriam Coleman
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Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale  by: Lisa Campbell Ernst
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Elsie’s Bird  by: Jane Yolen
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Three Names   by: Patricia McLachlan
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Tulip Sees America  by: Cynthia Rylant
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Montana

Montana  by: M.J. York
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Dust Devil  by: Anne Isaacs
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Oregon

Oregon: The Beaver State  by: Marcia Amidon Lusted
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Oregon  by: M.J. York
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Apples to Oregon  by: Deborah Hopkinson
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Science

Bison

Thunder on the Plains: The Story of the American Buffalo by: Ken Robbins
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Buffalo 
by: Phyllis Jean Perry
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American Bison: A Scary Prediction  by: William Caper
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They Come From the Bronx: How the Buffalo Were Saved From Extinction  by: Neil Waldman
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Grandfather Buffalo  by: Jim Arnosky
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The Buffalo Storm  by: Katherine Applegate
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Buffalo Music  by: Tracey E. Fern
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Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands  by: Susan Roth
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Prairie Dogs  by: Amanda Markle
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Corn

Corn  by: Gail Gibbons
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From Kernel to Corncob  by: Ellen Weiss
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Grizzly Bears

Lions, Tigers, and Bears (pg. 28-31)  by: Ron Harchi
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Eat Like a Bear  by: April Pulley Sayre
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Beavers

The Lifecycle of a Beaver  by: Bobbie Kalman
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A House in the Sky: And Other Uncommon Animal Homes  by: Steve Jenkins
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Activities

  • Study Plains Indians pictographs & draw our own
  • Watch “Wild Kratts: Where the Bison Roam,” “Prairie Who?” (S9, E2), “Prairie Mystery,” “Amazing Creature Race,” “Bandito,” “Build it Beaver”
  • Watch “Reading Rainbow: Gift of the Sacred Dog”
  • Make & eat popcorn
  • Map Lewis and Clark’s journey
  • Watch Old Faithful video
  • Watch Yellowstone video

 

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Hawaii

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Geography: Hawaii

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Hawaii: The Aloha State 
 by: Marcia Amidon Lusted

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Uniquely Hawaii  by: Geok Yian Goh

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National Parks of the U.S.A.  by: Kate Siber

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Froggy Goes to Hawaii  
by: Jonathan London

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Grandma Calls Me Beautiful  by: Barbara M. Joosse

 


History: Duke Kahanamoku

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Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku  by: Ellie Crowe

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Duke Kahanamoku  by: Laurie Calkhoven

 


Science: Volcanoes

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Inside Volcanoes  by: Melissa Stewart

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The Magic School Bus Presents Volcanoes and Earthquakes  by: Tom Jackson

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DirtMeister’s Nitty Gritty Planet Earth  by: Steve Tomecek

 


Activities

  • Make a lei for each member of your family out of tissue paper, cupcake liners, ribbons, and beads
  • Have a luau! (we invited the kids’ grandparents over and had a chicken supper with fresh pineapple, watched a how to hula video, and hula danced to some of the songs from the movie “Moana.”
  • Watch “Magic School Bus: Blows Its Top”
  • Watch “Reading Rainbow: Hill of Fire”
  • Do the magma experiment on page 47 of Nitty Gritty Earth
  • Do the hei activity in the back of Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

 

 

United States, Weekly Lesson Plan

Alaska

Geography: Alaska

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Alaska: The Last Frontier  
by: Marcia Amidon Lusted

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State-by-State Atlas  
by: Justine Ciovacco

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Tlingit Indians  
by: Suzanne Williams

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Being Caribou  
by: Karston Heuer  (we just looked at the pictures)


Stories

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Mama, Do You Love Me?  
by: Barbara M. Joosse

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Arctic White 
by: Danna Smith

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You’re Snug With Me  
by: Chitra Soundar

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The Bear Report  
by: Thyra Heder

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The Eyes of Gray Wolf  
by: Jonathan London


Science: Sled Dogs

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Wind-Wild Dog 
by: Barbara M. Joosse

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Alaska’s Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines  
by: Shelley Gill

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Togo 
by: Robert J. Blake


History: Balto

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The True Story of Balto 
by: Natalie Standiford


Language Arts

Reading: The True Story of Balto  by: Natalie Standiford (Step Into Reading: Step 3)

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Activities

  • Watch Wild Kratts “Spirit Bear” (S12), “Hero’s Journey Part 1 & 2” (S5, E14&15), “The Fourth Bald Eagle” (S5, E18), “The Mystery of the Two Horned Narwhal” on Amazon Prime
  • Watch polar episode on The Magic School Bus on Netflix
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Paint the aurora borealis
  • Make a chalk rubbing aurora
  • Watch this video about the aurora borealis 

 

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United States, Weekly Lesson Plan

North Carolina

Hurricane Florence blew through our area and my older son’s school was canceled for a few days and my husband worked from home.  So we didn’t get much done even though this week we studied our home state!  However, at the end of the week we were able to go tour the Biltmore Estate, so I’d call this unit study a success!

Geography: North Carolina

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Welcome to the U.S.A.: North Carolina  by: Ann Heinrichs

 

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North Carolina  by: Ann Heinrichs

 
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T is for Tar Heel  by: Carol Crane

 
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Wright Numbers  by: Carol Crane

 
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The Green Gourd: A North Carolina Folktale  by: C.W. Hunter

 

 
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Exploring Biltmore Estate from A to Z  by: Chris Kinsley

 

 
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Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile  by: Gloria Houston

 
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Halloween Scare in North Carolina  by: Eric James

 


 

History: The Wright Brothers

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The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane  
by: Russell Freedman

 
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Animated Hero Classics: The Wright Brothers DVD

 


 

Activities

  • Build paper airplanes
  • Eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts
  • Visit the Biltmore Estate!