Online access to American Tall Tales & Legends Guide
- Lesson 1: Geography of Your State
- Lesson 2: State Symbols (2 Days)
- Lesson 3: State History (2 Days)
- Lesson 4: Famous People
- Lesson 5: Places to See
- Lesson 6: State Field Trips
- Lesson 7: State Statistics
- Lesson 8: State Maps
- Final Project: State Book (2 Days)
The physical books are both excellent choices! My tester thoroughly enjoyed reading about old favorites like Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, and Davy Crockett. In addition, a whole new group of American women were introduced like Drop Star, Molly Cottontail and Hekeke!
The Online Program Guide consists 6 Lessons and a Final Project. Moving Beyond the Page units are comprehensive curriculum covering literature, science and social studies, all you need to add is your choice for math and physical activities! For the ages 9-11, Moving Beyond the Page requires that children are independently reading at a 5-6th grade level
These lessons explore the geographical regions of the United States by introducing the Tall Tales, Myths, Legends and Heroes/Heroines of that region.
Lesson 1: Story Genres introduces the types of literature being presented.
Lesson 2: Tales and Legends of the Northeast
Lesson 3: Tales and Legends of the South
Lesson 4: Tales and Legends of the Midwest
Lesson 5: Tales and Legends of the Southwest
Lesson 6: Tales and Legends of the West
Final Project: Your Own Tall Tale or Legend
Each lesson takes about 2 days to complete and includes - reading, comprehension questions, hands-on activities, worksheets, research and more. Printable activity sheets are easy to download and print. Spelling and vocabulary words to correspond to the unit are also included.
This particular unit introduces several story genres - trickster tales, tall tales and myths. By comparing and contrasting, my tester worked with literary terms like hyperbole, protagonists, antagonists and transition words. She loved how everything is integrated together - science, social studies and language arts. Best of all, absolutely no boring textbook reading!
Creating your own folk tale that reflects the region in which you live is the final project.
One feature we appreciated about the Online version is the "Idea Share" area. You can add your own idea, link or activity, make a book or video recommendation or even share pictures of your child's activities. And, you can easily access the ideas shared by other users. This is wonderful! We found great links, extra crafts and recipes and helpful tips throughout the unit. A definite plus to purchasing the online unit.
The Online version is also licensed for multiple children in your family - making it a less expensive option. You can even take it on the go with you, the online versions are compatible with most mobile devices.
A couple of drawbacks, the online unit requires you to print your own worksheets. This may be a blessing, or not - I would rather have everything printed and ready to go, than to print as we go along. But, I'm sure there are those that prefer to print as they need it. You'll have to decide for yourself.
Also, the online unit is only available for a limited time. Once you activate it, you have only 3 months to complete it. Since each unit is designed to take about 3 weeks to complete, you should have plenty of time to finish. If you have issues, just contact customer service - they were very easy to work with!
You can also access the their Community Forum - a great place to connect with other families using Moving Beyond the Page.
Our second selection was Social Studies Unit: Your State Guide. This is a printed 95 page guide for ages 9-11. The concepts covered by this unit are Relationships and Your State.
This guide contains 8 lessons and a Final Project. You choose the state you wish to study. There are no "required" books for this unit - but, you are encouraged to explore on your own. We found some great resources on our new state - TEXAS!
This unit can be used independently, but works very well alongside the Literature Unit: American Tall Tales and Legends. It covers:
Lesson 1: Geography
Lesson 2: State Symbols
Lesson 3: State History
Lesson 4: Famous People
Lesson 5: Places to See
Lesson 6: State Field Trips
Lesson 7: State Statistics
Lesson 8: State Maps
Final Project: State Book
Each lesson clearly outlines "Stuff you need" - supplies and worksheets, give "Ideas to think about" - discussion questions, "Things to Know" - what you need to learn in this lesson, "Reading & Questions" - based on your reading and independent research, and "Activities" - here's where the fun begins!
Each lesson offers suggestions for activities you can do as you get to know your state better. From creating a postcard, charting monthly temperatures, creating topographic maps to even visiting historic sites. This units blends social studies, science and your own literature seamlessly. It becomes a complete unit study of your state as you work through the guide together.
You know, we could not pass up the opportunity... since we are living in San Antonio, we visited the Alamo and the Riverwalk during our field trips lesson!