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Across the Nation
Unit Four (11 Days)

What are the major history and science topic areas in the Across the Nation unit?

The major history topic areas in the Across the Nation unit are early 1800's American history and culture, spotlight state studies of Michigan and Tennessee, and a presidential spotlight study of James Monroe. The major science topics in this unit are studies of the ear and the eye. 

What are some highlights from this unit?

Sights and sounds of America in the early 1800's – cultures and transportation, science and inventions, politics and history, immigrants and social reform, and Christian foundations  Songs of Americans in Walt Whitman's poem, "I Hear America Singing"  "My Heart Sings . . ." writing project  American literature, Romantic Era, and Fireside Poets  Meet President James Monroe in a Presidential Spotlight  Elections of 1816 and 1820  American Sign Language  Study the ear and eye  Alexander Graham Bell, Helen Keller, and Edward Gallaudet  Ear and eye experiments and activities - Two are Better than One, Pasta ears and cheese, and Edible jiggly eyeballs  Father of the Romantic Era - composer, Ludwig van Beethoven and his music  "Pastoral Symphony" art project  American folk songs, country music, and blues  American Tall Tales . . . Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Stormalong, Mike Fink, Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, and Joe Magarac  Hyperbole and characteristics of folk tales  Tall Tales project  Interpret a graph of Pancakes Eaten by Lumberjacks in Paul Bunyan's Camp  Whip up a batch of Paul Bunyan's Gigantic Pancakes  Celebrate Michigan, the Cereal Bowl of America, with a Mega-Cereal Bar  Louis Braille and the Braille Method  The charm of Tennessee from the Appalachians to the Mississippi Lowlands region  Tennessee Turnovers cooking project  Celebrate all things "TALL" in a Tall Tales Tournament with Skewered Stacked Sandwiches and Fruit, Stacked Fruit Shortcakes, Stack Snacks, Sweet Stacks, and Tall Tales Snacks  Play Paul's Flapjack Fling, Pecos Bill's Lasso Challenge, Stormalong's Bowling, Mike Fink's Keelboat Race  Participate in Davy Crockett's Grinning Contest, Johnny Appleseed's Apple Challenge, Hammerin' John Henry, and Joe's Hungarian Goulash Relay!

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