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  • Cost: $150 or 20% off for SKrafty EDU Subscribers, register HERE
  • Textbook: See list below
  • Age/Grade: 3rd Grade – 7th Grade
  • Teacher: Mrs. Bettina Zabel
  • Format: Live, Meets Tuesdays from 12pm CST/ 1pm EST (Schedule Below); See the SKrafty Class Calendar HERE.
  • Course Dates: 9/12/23 – 1/16/24
  • Minecraft Activities: Optional
  • Graded: No
  • Number of Lessons: 15
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American History in the 1800s – Early American History 2

Let’s learn some American history… the FUN way… history club card included!

During this 15 week class, we will dive into history using the books from the “Who Was” and “What Are” book series. This series of books brings a lot of powerful information on people, places, and events to learners in both a straightforward and fun way! These books appeal to both boys and girls, are designed for readers and reluctant readers alike, are a great refresher books for older students!

Each week our book club will meet to discuss the book we read during the previous week (we will not read books in class). Each week I will also send a packet of educational printables that include a lesson plan, a vocabulary list, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a sheet of flash cards to help each learner gain the most from each lesson.

Children will also be asked to bring a book based project. This project is meant to spark some creativity, help with those that really benefit from hands on learning, and help bring history to life. Projects can be drawings, paintings, Lego builds, dioramas, a poem, or anything your child would like to share to express their vision of what they learned from each book. Projects will be shared during the class meeting time, which will encourage public speaking, allowing learners to talk to each other and make friends.

Each learner will get a Historical Book Club card and a “stamp” each week after finishing their books!

Our first class will be an introductory class, where we will set the structure of future club meetings, and have some fun learning about history. Future classes will be structured with a short introductory period, discussion time, sharing of projects, and if time allows, in class visual aids. Each week I will also send a printable to the classroom to help learners remember the key points of each book.

History Covered-

  • Presidency of Thomas Jefferson
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • The Louis and Clark Expedition
  • The Shaping of the West
    • The Battle of the Alamo
  • The Westward Expansion
    • The Gold Rush
    • The Wild West
  • Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
    • Civil War
    • The Underground Railroad
  • Woman’s Rights
  • Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant
    • Rights of Native Peoples
    • Battle of Little Bighorn (Great Sioux War)

Why take this class?
I like to approach learning from multiple perspectives. I want learners to enjoy learning and feel comfortable with their ideas. Using reading, audio and visual aids, printables, discussion, and hands-on learning, allows learners to experience what they are learning, not just remember what was put in front of them. My goal is for learners to learn and have fun while doing it, in hopes that they simply fall in love with learning.

Ages or grades of learners-
This class is designed to allow for students of various ages to participate, however, I would say the average range is 8-12. I have had learners outside this range, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Books required-
These books can be purchased, downloaded, or borrowed from the library, but the list is as follows…

Books can be on tape, read, or read to learners, that is left up to the learner and guardian discretion. The books range from $3-$6 but can be borrowed from the library. For a one stop shop on Amazon for the books, visit this link.


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