What are the major history and science topic areas in the Growing Tensions unit?
The major history topic areas in the Growing Tensions unit are Pre-Civil War America, People and Stories of Slavery and Native American life and
tensions, State Spotlights on Indiana and Illinois, and Presidential Spotlights on Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison. The major science topic in this unit is a study of the Nervous System.
What are some highlights from this unit?
A Gathering of Days, by Joan W. Blos - a diary of daily life in Pre-Civil War New
England • Journaling • Visit Indiana, the Crossroads of America • Parts and functions of the Nervous System • Experiments and activities on the nervous system in
"Wrinkles," "Two Things at Once," "Balancing Act," "Touch Mystery," "Emotion Motions," "Scratch that Itch," "Brain Challenge," and "Taste
Detectives" • Neurons paint blowing project • Slavery in America project • Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet
Beecher Stowe • Travel the Underground Railroad • Quilting patterns, hidden meanings, and secret pathways • Popular sovereignty, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott Case, and John Brown's
raid on Harpers Ferry • Legacy of African-American slave culture, songs, oral tradition, and soul food • Riddles • Study Illinois, Land of Lincoln • Build models and sketch
the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright • Explore Native American sign language, pictographs • Feathers Project of Native American highlights in American History • Indian Branch Weaving
Project • Texture Collage • Native American music • Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison • Elections of 1836 and 1840 • Delight in more of the parables and
miracles of Jesus • Learn about Jesus' power and our faith in the storms of life, and come to know Jesus, the Christ – the Son of the Living God in a personal way!