World History

World history is a bit easier for me to teach than U. S. History. 

I'm not sure why that is but I think probably because I feel like U. S. History needs to be taught in a liner fashion but I don't feel that way about world history. 

When thinking about the history of the world there's so much to learn about that this is one subject where we just pick an interesting topic and jump in.  Once they're getting bored with one time period we jump to another and I figure over time we'll crisscross and double back on occasions as they see fit.

Books we've read about world history:

We've learned about the Olympics, how, why and where they started and how they've grown
  • Olympics!
  • Hour of the Olympics
  • G is for Gold Medal
  • Olympig
  • Tacky and the Winter Games
  • Elympics
  • Dream Big

We've read about Medieval times and learned about knights, castles, and hardships:
  • The Knight at Dawn
  • Medieval Muck; Smelly Old History series
  • Knights and Castles
  • A year in a Castle
We've learned about ancient Egypt, mummies, pyramids, gods and curses:
  • Pyramids and Mummies
  • Mummies in the morning
  • The Jewel fish of Karnak
  • Tut, Tut #6, Time Warp Trio series
  • The Kane Chronicles (and once again Alec read EVERY book he could find through our library on the Egyptian Gods)
We've learned about Greek and Roman Mythology (here are just a few of the books we've read because Alec read EVERY book he could find at our library and on inter-library loan):
  • The Percy Jackson Series
  • The Heroes of Olympus series
  • Treasury of Greek Mythology
  • The Greek Gods
  • The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
  • Young Zeus

We've learned about World War II and read so many wonderful books:

  • The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
  • Star of Fear Star of Hope
  • Baseball Saved Us
  • Passage to Freedom: the Sugihara Story
  • Irena's Jar of Secrets
  • Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • I survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor 
  • Voices of Pearl Harbor
  • I survived the Nazi Invasion
  • The Magic Tree House; Danger in the Darkest Hour

We've learned about various times and periods in history
  • The Last snake in Ireland
  • Katie's Wish (about the potato famine)
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose (about the reign of Stalin in Russia)
  •  The Soccer Fence; A story of friendship, hope and apartheid in South Africa
  • Odd and the Frost Giants (Norse mythology)
  • How to Be a Viking
  • Viking Ships at Sunrise
  • Yo Vikings
  • I survived-- many of the books in the series deal with U.S. and World History 

Places where we've learned about world history:
  • Higgens Armory Museum
  • Medieval Times Dinner show
  • Children's museum of west Hartford-- Ancient Egypt exhibit
  • Connecticut science museum-- Ancient Egypt exhibit
  • Mystic Aquarium-- Titanic exhibit
  • The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee
Websites we've visited to learn about world history:
Moves we've watched about World History:
  • The Percy Jackson movies
  • Valiant
  • Scooby Doo Where's my Mummy?
  • Frozen (learning about Vikings)
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Thor movies (they had Lotke and other frost giant/ Norse mythology gods in them)
  • Robin Hood cartoon
  • Cool Runnings 
  • My older son watched Pearl Harbor
  • Sound of Music (we then researched the real Von Trapp family and compared the movie to their story)
We have world history and geography games too:
  • Brain Box games
  • Ancient History Memory game
  • GeoDice
  • Journey on the Amazon
  • Zeus on the Loose


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