I just love learning about the different states so I was excited to receive Chronicles of ... State History Notebook by Gladys Whitted from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources.
This research notebook is perfect for a third-eighth graders. We wanted to study our home state of Florida so we checked books out from the library and also used the internet to gather information.
Called "Chronicles of .... State History Notebook," I believe that title is misleading. It covers so much more than state history. I loved it!
The worksheets are divided up into the following sections:
My children always enjoy drawing or coloring the flag, state bird, state seal, state tree, and state flower. This time, though, we printed a photograph of the Florida flag from the internet. A big surprise to me was a page of sheet music to write the notes and lyrics of the state song. What a great idea! We also drew the first of many Florida maps to put the state capital on, as well as the city where we live. Other maps included several natural resources maps, climate map, relief map, counties map, and state border map.
It was nice to look at jobs and industry in Florida. We focused on agriculture, tourism, citrus industry, and space.
The history section focused on state and local history, Native American tribes, immigration, and religious history. Naturals disasters are many when we study Florida. We looked at famous hurricanes!
There are field trips which are wonderful. I really like to go on lots of field trips when we study Florida, so I loved all the field trips pages which are divided by historical sites, museums, cities, and misc. There's even a place to list resources used at the end.
We worked on random sections because we are studying Florida history not this coming year, but the next. I will be using all of these pages then. Our plan is to divided up the worksheets into 8 months with two field trips a months. We plan on visiting Ocala National Forest, Everglades, Blue Springs for manatees, Kennedy Space Center, an orange grove, Disney World, Tallahassee, Flagler Museum, Railroad Museum, Cedar Key, Silver Springs, boat tour on the St. John's River, and Ybor City to learn more about Florida.
I'm grateful for this research tool from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources. They have many other resources for homeschooling including Lightening Literature, available at every age level. Lightening Literature teaches reading and writing. Unit Programs (unit studies) are available, too. Bible Stories in kindergarten, Animals in first grade, and History & Geography in second grade teaches students everything they need to know (Language Arts, Bible, Science, History) focused around one subject.
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