This series of books follows a young girl through World War II. She learns how to give of herself to help others, to work together and how to navigate her own personal trials and triumphs. Strong male characters include her brother and father. A six week unit study using the American Girl® Molly® series books. This is a time in history that is filled with information. During this time period you might consider including some background of WWI, countries involved in both WWI and WWII, the Nazi Regime, Anne Frank, the Holocaust, and more. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are included in the unit to help enhance the study. All units now include spelling and vocabulary, State/Country study, Character analysis worksheets, then and now comparison worksheet, news article prep, book summary, chapter summary with drawing, and digging deeper project suggestions.
Making history engaging for students is possibly one of the most difficult tasks for teachers. How do we overcome that? Two key things are critical for accomplishing this task. First, it must be relatable in someway, and secondly, it needs to offer learning opportunities for multiple learning styles. Girls of American History uses the popular American Girl book series. This instantly makes history relatable, as the main characters are school age children, families and strong male characters.
The experiences practiced in multisensory learning allow each student to participate in ways that help them understand and retain best. Boys and girls learn together and help each other with projects such as making a parachute or growing a garden, having discussions about the story, historical information, as well as positive character traits such as compassion, courage, etc.
Girls of American History uses multisensory learning, which follows a pattern of Do It, Write It, Say It, Read It, See It. Multisensory learning is great for every kind of learner - because each learner gets to experience learning the way they are most comfortable - but they also have the opportunity to learn through other senses. Studies and research have shown that learning material through multiple senses helps children to retain information better.
Schooling multiple ages together, in a co-op setting for example, is very manageable. And, with the continuity of the same subject matter for literature and history, as well as crafts and field trip experiences, opportunities for discussion are plentiful and help build a love of learning.
Have your class prepare care packages for overseas troops or visit a living history museum. This six week unit study using the American Girl® Molly® series books also great in a large class setting, or a smaller co-op environment. Showcase what your students have learned at a Victory Party at the end of the unit!
The American Girl® Molly® series is available in a six book reader set. These books can generally be found in most used book stores or online on ebay or Amazon.
This is a time in history that is filled with information. During this time period you might consider including some background of WWI, countries involved in both WWI and WWII, the Nazi Regime, Anne Frank, the occupations of Germans, Italians, and Japanese, the Holocaust, and more. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are included in the unit to help enhance the study. Some examples of crafts include an airplane, pot holder, garden and more.
**Crafts are not included in the purchase of the curriculum, but resources and instruction as to what crafts to purchase are included. Some units do include free craft templates. Co-op/School License allows permission for the purchasing school allow as many teachers to teach this curriculum to as many groups and classes as they like. There is no expiration. The school may not make copies for parents, or other schools/co-ops. The file remains the property of the purchasing school only.