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World Geography: England

 For our latest geography study, we got to dig into our England Pay-It-Forward giveaway box from Our Cup of Tea.

"I've included a book of traditional English recipes. I love the old-fashioned picture in these! 
I also included a Beatrix Potter postcard print. We live a few hours away from the Lake District, where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote. She bought up several farms and lots of land in the Lakes and left it all to the National Trust; probably the main reason why the Lake District is preserve today as a national park. We have toured her home (Hill Top) on several occasions. Her husband's former office in Hawkshead is also a National Trust property, and they exhibit her original artwork (from her books) there. If you haven't seen the film Miss Potter, I highly recommend it.

 I thought a  postcard map of the UK and a Stonehenge postcard would be nice for a continent box. We've been to London a number of times and still use the tube maps they have available at the railway stations. It's always quite an adventure. 

My son loves the London Underground and collects these maps -sometimes they change the design on the cover, so he's always excited to add a new one. 

 Here is a British coin, 2 pence coin. 
I hope you enjoyed getting this packet. Cheers! -Debbie from Our Cup of Tea

Anglo-Saxon England (500-1100)
Saxon Fort Sandcastle, Kindling the Fire about Anglo-Saxon England
Norman Keeps
map from Story of the World Activity Guide

notebooking page from History Portfolios
"In 1455 a bitter struggle broke out between two branches of the English royal family..."

Nine Men Morris

notebooking page from History Portfolios
from Shakespeare And The Elizabethan Age (Treasure Chests)

from  Shakespeare And The Elizabethan Age (Treasure Chests) 
The Stuart Line begin with James I.
The English Civil War
The Beheading of Charles I.
Commonwealth and Cromwell
King Charles II
The Royal Society
Plague and Fire
free coloring page from History Odessey
Rebuilding London

Newton's Laws, Discoveries and Inventions

The Slave Trade between the colonies, the West Indies, Europe and Africa.

Great Britian

related posts:
  • The Loathsome Dragon, David Wiesner and Kim Kahng; "A lovely princess, a brave prince, a wicked stepmother, evil enchantments, magic rowan wood, and an immense, scaly dragon. . . . Favorite fairy-tale elements sparkle in The Loathsome Dragon, a traditional English tale." (from Amazon description)
  • This is London, Miroslav Sasek
  • A Walk in London, Salatore Rubbino
  • Katie in London, James Mayhew
  • B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet, Pamela Edwards
  • The Queen's Progress, Celeste Davidson Mannis
  • The Works of Shakespeare by Bruce Coville such as Romeo and Juliet. Coville uses Shakespeare's own words as much as possible and they are illustrated beautifully.
  • Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare or Nesbit's Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare's plays and poems
  • A Proud Taste of Scarlet and Miniver, E. L. Konigsburg, age 10 and up; "Eleanor of Acquitaine has been waiting in Heaven for a long time to be reunited with her second husband, Henry II of England. Finally, the day has come when Henry will be judged for admission--and while Eleanor waits, three people close to her during various times of her life join her, helping to distract her and providing a rich portrait of a remarkable woman in history." -Amazon description
  • Adam of the Road, Elizabeth Gray, age 9-12
  • Black Horses for the King, Anne McCaffrey; Reading Level: 4th grade and up. One of our favorites. Set in fifth century Britain, this story is about a Celtic lad in service to King Arthur on a quest in search of horses strong enough to carry his armored warriors into battle against the savage Saxons.
  • Catherine Called Birdy, Karen Cushman; grades 6-9; This is the diary of a 13th century English girl and records the daily events in her small manor house. Much of it is about avoiding the various suitors her father chooses for her to marry. It includes a feast of details about medieval England.
  • The Door in the Wall, Marguerite DeAngel; Set in fourteenth century England, this story is of a boy who has lost the use of his legs and learns his own strength when he saves the castle and discovers there is more than one way to serve his king. Although written about a fourth grade level, I think it is a good read-aloud for younger children.
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle; Howard Pyle was the first modern writer to collect all the Robin Hood ballads that had come down from the medieval era and structure them as stories. Every version of Robin Hood since Pyle's time has drawn on this book as a major source. This is for middle school aged students,or a read-aloud for younger students.
  • The Sword in the Tree, Clyde Bulla; His story is filled with the pageantry and color of England in King Arthur's time. It creates a vivid picture of the Knights of the Round Table and the wisdom of King Arthur himself. The book says it is a 9-12 year reading level, but I think it is more like a 7-year old reading level.
  • The Art and Industry of Sandcastles, Jan Adkins
  • Chess is Child's Play, Teaching Techniques That WorkLaura Sherman
  • The Little Duke, which is about Richard, Duke of Normandy, great-grandfather of William the Conqueror.
  • King Alfred's Cakes from The Adventures from The Book of Virture: Courage
  • William of Malmesbury's account of the Battle of Hastings
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  1. What a fabulous unit! You covered quite a lot. I especially like your sand forts. I like how you included Isaac Newton--we've visited his house twice, which was pretty cool (especially enjoyed by my son, Isaac). I'm so glad you were able to use the stuff I sent. I like your book list, too, as some of them are favorites of mine. I did a unit on the United Kingdom in 2009. It was the very first geography post I wrote. I'll be doing the same unit with my daughter next year, so I'll have to come back here and look at some of your activities and links! What country are you studying next? Here's the link to my study of the UK, if you'd like to see what we did: http://homeschooladventures3.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/United%20Kingdom

  2. Such a great unit! I'm really looking forward to when we get to study England in our history time, of course that's a few years from now......

  3. Wonderful unit! I'm biased because of my heritage, but I firmly believe England is one of the best places in the world to visit - so much history anywhere you go! Last time I went, I walked the Roman roads in Yorkshire, visited a medieval church in the middle of the moors with leper squints at the back, ate a picnic at Stonehenge, and had to buy an extra suitcase to take home all the Thornton's Special Toffee I bought.

  4. This post is filled with goodies!! Thank you for sharing so much.

  5. Oh man, I wish I had known about the Treasure Chest stuff a few weeks ago. We are just finishing our Middle Ages study. You do such great hands-on things!!! I need to do more of that for my students.


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