Monday, August 9, 2010

The Vikings

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This year, we are beginning American History using TruthQuest American History for Young Students I (Exploration - 1800) as a guide. Miah has been especially excited about starting this study. I'm pretty sure it's the Native Americans she's looking forward to. I always loved that subject too. So we began this week with Leif Ericson and the vikings.

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Books we are using:
Exploring American History Ch. 1
National Geographic June 2010 for pictures of Greenland
The Vikings craft book (from Chick-Fil-A I think)
Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky
The Vikings by Elizabeth Janeway (my favorite)
Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla (This one takes place about 100 years after Leif Ericson. Read Janeway's book first.)
A Viking Town by Fiona MacDonald
If You Were There: Viking Times (This one has a board game in the back.)
These were either collected at used curriculum sales (I love those!) or found at the library.
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Paper dolls and lapbook pieces.

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A painting byLarkin.
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Making salt dough rune stones.

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We wrapped it up with a semi-authentic Viking meal. The leek and cheese pie and skyr were authentic. The apples, no. I would have liked to serve some rye bread to spread the skyr on, but the bread baking department's a little out of whack at the moment. That's Miah's version of a viking ship behind the plate.
Great Viking Recipes here, and here for food info.
We also watched a great documentary, The Vikings by Nova. Interesting and not gory.
Here is a printable viking game suggested by Sybille at Buntglas.
One more thing. Here's a fun link. The kids really liked the Dig It Up:Vikings game.

5 comments:

  1. Do you know the Viking Voyages Game?
    http://buntglas.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/viking-voyages/
    (we used it for English exercizes :)
    you can find it here:
    http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/id148.html

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  2. Sybille, Thank you so much for the link! I love games for reinforcement, especially since the kids will bring them out long after the initial lesson is over.

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  3. looks just fantastic! what a fun start!

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  4. Your header photo is so beautiful.. An interesting project for the children.

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  5. great pictures...I love your entire site! pleased to meet you:)
    http://bendingbirches2010.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-am-thankful-for_13.html

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