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!