Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Medes & the Persians: Esther, Feast of Purim

It's Time For the Purim Feast!

I can't wait to teach the kids the story of Esther and celebrate the Feast of Purim with them!  Esther saved the Jewish people from being destroyed by the king's evil advisor, Haman.  The Jewish people still celebrate Esther's brave act every year.  

Watch this video to learn about the story of Esther:

Here is another video for all you Lego lovers!

A fun Purim Song:

Read about how Purim is celebrated each year:


1) Dress up like Esther or Persian
2) Draw or color a picture, map, or create Lego Creation related to Purim Feast, Persia, or Esther

Esther Notebooking Page

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Greek Culture: Trojan Horse

Next up?  The Ancient Greeks!!

Read the following sections to learn about this great civilization:

Where Western civilization began

**Also read the tab sections on the side entitled "What was Ancient Greece like?" and "How Greece was ruled."

What was life like for the kids?  Read this:

Going to school

**You will have to click on the tab section with this title.  Also read "What did Greek children learn?"

Did you know the Olympics originated in Greece?  Click on the link below to learn more:

The Olympic Games

**Also read "Events at the Games".

Because the Greeks lived by the sea, they relied on ships for trading, traveling, and war.  Here are some more details about the ships:

Greek ships

**Also read "How did Greeks fight at sea?"

You can play  a game where you take command of a Greek trireme and see how many ships you can ram:

Finally, watch this video to learn about The Battle of Troy:

Want some more fun?  Go to this site and paint your own Greek pottery:

Greek pottery

Extra Credit:
1) Dress up like an Olympian!
2) Draw/color a picture related to Greek Culture

Friday, October 26, 2018

Late Egypt: King Tut, pyramids

King Tutankhamun was born around 1341 B.C., and is one of the most known Egyptian Pharoahs today due to the discovery of his intact tomb in 1922.

Click on the link to watch a video about the "Boy King of Egypt."


Here is a fun Lego re-creation of Howard Carter discovering King Tut's tomb.

Enter King Tut's Tomb and see if you can find his sarcophagus!


Watch this video to learn newly discovered information about how the Egyptian Pyramids were built.

Extra Credit:
1) Create a lego creation/Draw or Color a picture of King Tut's tomb or Pyramids
2) Dress up like King Tut.

Notebooking Page:
King Tut Notebooking Page

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hammurabi Code of Laws

Hammurabi - 1792 B.C. - 1750 B.C.

One of the famous leaders of the old Babylonian Empire was King Hammurabi.

Hammurabi Code of Laws

Watch the following videos to learn more about Hammurabi's Code:

Listen to the Hammurabi song below to learn more about Hammurabi.

1) Dress up like Hammurabi
2) Draw or color a picture of Hammurabi.

Notebooking Page:

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Early Egypt

The Egyptians lived on the Nile River in Africa.  This river is the longest in the world and became central to their life.  They depended upon it for farming and also for transportation and trade.  The ancient Egyptians were divided into 2 kingdoms that fought each other constantly.  Finally, the White Crown King defeated the Red Crown King and declared himself to be king of all Egypt.  He combined the two crowns into the Double Crown of Egypt, which is what the pharaohs of Egypt wore from then on.

Watch the following video to learn more about Ancient Egypt:

Now, are you ready to "walk like an Egyptian"?  Go to the following page and watch this Ancient Egypt music video.

Follow Nakht-Amun, your Ancient Egyptian guide, as he teaches you about the world he lives in.  A good review!

1) Dress up like an Egyptian
2) Draw a map, picture, OR bring in a play-doh or Lego creation related to Ancient Egypt


Friday, September 7, 2018

Sumerians: Hieroglyphs, Cuneiform

Sumerians -  Hieroglyphs and Cuneiform

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The Sumerians were the first Mesopotamian civilization. They lived in independent walled city-states. Uruk, the first and one of the largest cities in Mesopotamia, had a six miles long wall with defense towers located at 30-35 foot intervals.

Click on the link below to read about Sumerians, hieroglyphs and their history.


Click on the link below to learn more about Sumerian civilization.


Extra Credit:
1) Dress up like a Sumarian
2) Create a secret message using your own code.

Notebooking Page:

Monday, August 27, 2018

2018-2019 Syllabus

History Syllabus
Prek-4th Grade

There is no required text for this year.  We are using topics from the  Mystery of History, Volume 1 - Creation to Resurrection by Linda Hobar  . There is no need to purchase the book, because there are many resources available online and at your local library.

Course Overview:
We will introduce your child to some of the highlights of American History.  We want the kids to have a fun, informative, hands-on experience as they learn. 

A general overview of class time will be:
10-15 minutes of teacher presentation
10-15 minutes hands on activity
10-15 minutes of lap-book activity

If they come to class with some prior knowledge of the topic it will help enhance their learning.  Reading books, visiting the websites listed on the blog, and completing the History Detective will accomplish this.

Blog/History Detective:

On the blog you will find a brief overview of the topic for the semester as well as links to videos, games and websites with further information.

2) The History Detective is a one page worksheet for you to print off and complete with your child after viewing the blog.  One of the history teachers will email the upcoming History Detective to everyone at least one week prior to the co-op.  There will be a PreK/K History Detective along with a 1st-2nd, and 3rd-4th grade History Detective.  Please let the history team know if you want all the history detectives printed off for you at the start of the semester. The blog will be updated at that time, and will also have a list of extra credit options.  Extra Credit is completely OPTIONAL.
3) Each week when the History Detective is sent out there will also be sent a note booking page. We would encourage the 3rd/4th grade after completing the History Detective and visiting websites listed on the blog to write a paragraph on the subject on their note booking page and bring it to co-op along with their History Detective and extra credit. We will bind up the note booking pages at the end of the year. For everyone who has completed all of the note booking pages they will receive a special reward beyond what every student receives at the end of the year. Last year all students received ice cream coupons, and the students that completed all their notebooking pages received additional coupons (such as to jumpin jax)

We will file each lap-book activity and assemble the lap-book at the end of each semester. You are welcome to staple the two lap-books together at the end of the year if you prefer.

This year we will cover Mystery of History, Volume 1 - Creation to Resurrection by Linda Hobar

1st Semester

1. September 7th--What is archaeology?, Creation, Adam & Eve, life of a nomad

2. September 21st--Sumerians: Hieroglyphs, Cuneiform

3. October 5th--Early Egypt

4. October 19th--Hammurabi code of laws

5. November 2nd--Late Egypt: King Tut, pyramids

6. November 16th--Greek Culture: Trojan Horse

7. December 3rd (Monday)--The Medes & the Persians: Esther, Feast of Purim OR LAPBOOK  

2nd Semester

Athens & Sparta

Alexander the Great

Rome Culture

Early Asia--India, Buddha, Confucius

China--The Great Wall


Lapbook/Cumulative Review Game

We look forward to a great year! Please let us know if you have any questions! -The Prek-4th Grade History Team