What are the major history and science topic areas in the Into the Midwest unit?
The major history topic areas in the Into the Midwest unit are Life in the early 1800's American Midwest, and State Spotlights on Missouri, Iowa,
Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Also included are a World Spotlight on the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Greenland, and a Presidential Spotlight on John Tyler. The
major science topic in this unit is a study of Forest Biomes.
What are some highlights from this unit?
Slide down riverbanks and scramble up grassy bluffs in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Caddie Woodlawn, classic stories of childhood
in the 1800's Midwest • White-washed fence art project • Midwestern settlers and travelers • Forest biomes • Forest Biomes Project • Leaf
Prints • Fold-Out Tree Project • Pioneer fabric dying activity • "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost • Wispy Pine Branch paint
design • Visit Missouri, the Show-Me State • Down-Home Ozark Pudding • American folk songs and river chanteys • Autumn leaves melted crayon project • Thumbrint Tree
Art • Leaf rubbings collage • Giving Tree Ball • Study Iowa, the Hawkeye State • Cheesy Triple-Corn Casserole • Explore the Land of the Midnight Sun as you learn
about the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Greenland • Write your name in Runic letters • Scandinavian sagas and legends, and a Scandinavian
smorgasbord • Swedish star ornaments and clay Viking medallions • Scandinavian folk art and Nordic design • Saint Lucia Day traditions and festivities with Lucia Buns, crowns, star
caps, and star wands • Ice sculpture, themed LEGO mini-villages, and Norwegian rosemaling on wood • Scandinavian composers, Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius, and Edvard Grieg and their
works • Norwegian lefse, Danish Kringle, and Finnish pancakes • Learn about Wisconsin, America's Dairyland, Wisconsin • Wisconsin Cheese Soup • Discover Minnesota, Land of
10,000 Lakes • Ice Painting • Life and presidency of John Tyler • Patchwork Posters and a Quilt Square Cake • Snowy Woodland Scenes with screen splatter painting!