This year, along with our Astronomy for science, we are also doing American History with our mini co-op of 3 families!! We are using a combination of resources for our study, so I wanted to list what I’m finding here on the blog as a resource…as always, please let me know when you find any other cool resources to add to this list!! I have gotten some great ideas from so many of you!!
- We watched this short video on youtube to get a better visual of the Vikings and their ships
- Postcards from Leif Erikson: we used this site to print (free) postcards. We wrote postcards from Leif to his father Erik telling him all the things he was seeing in the new land!
- We played “If I Were An Explorer, I would take…” and went around the circle of children. Each child had to think of a different item they would need to take with them if they were going to be an explorer. Then, additionally, as we went around the circle, each person had to remember what all the previous kids were taking as well!! I think the kids enjoyed this…we ended up taking a compass, suitcase, clothes, food, weapons, a blanket, a shovel…and maybe a few other things I’m forgetting. 🙂
- We also discussed the Pros/Cons of being an explorer! The kids came up with really great lists for both sides of the story!
- Viking Paper Dolls – this site is in another language, but if you scroll down you will see the vikings!
- a fabulous Explorer’s Unit Study that I found online!! I got many of my group ideas/discussions from this unit study!
- Viking Adventure – great chapter book or read aloud, unit study and lapbook!
- My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather was a Viking – unit study
- Explorer Unit – for upper elementary/middle school kiddos – lots of notebooking pages, projects and explorer cards to print
Leif the Lucky
The Usborne Book of Explorers