Posts Tagged ‘All American History: Vol. 2’

Civil War Unit Study

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


Here are fun some Civil War hands-on activities that you can do with your kids while doing a Civil War unit study:

These hands-on Civil War activities will help your students to bring this time period to life! Experiencing the Civil War first hand by tasting the food, hearing the music, and watching the re-enacted battles will be like traveling through time. Your students will have no problem remembering what you are teaching them when they are able to live and breathe the Civil War, hanging all the other information you teach into their experiential knowledge. We really enjoyed our Civil War unit study!

Historic Tour of Spokane

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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We did our own historic tour of Spokane, where we walked around downtown Spokane, identifying old buildings and structures that were over a century old. We did some brief research before heading downtown, and I mention a few brief facts about each place.

We are studying modern history, and one of the field trips listed in All American History, Volume II is to take a historic tour of your city, so that you can visualize what life was like back at the turn of the century, or even before!

Historic Tour of Spokane (Video Tour)

Join us as we explore the historical places in Spokane:

List of Historic Sites in Downtown Spokane

These were our stops during our historic tour of Spokane, Washington. If you would like more information on each place, click the links to read more about each location:

  • Riverfront Park Clock Tower: built in 1973 for the World Expo ’74. This article shows you the inside of the clock tower.
  • Looff Carousel: built in 1909, this elaborate antique carousel was built by a man named Looff. He built it to delight his daughter.
  • Suspension Bridge: built so that pioneers could cross over the river. Beautiful view of the Spokane River and waterfalls.
  • The Spokesman Review: the daily newspaper for Spokane. In 1890 there were two newspapers, The Spokesman and The Review, and they combined into one newspaper.
  • Old Post Office: over a century old, this is the oldest post office in Spokane. It has marble floors, gorgeous pillars, and ornate architectural decorations inside.
  • Statue of Lincoln: bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, built in 1930.
  • Steam Plant: burned coal to boil water to create steam which would be pumped through pipes under the city streets and up through the radiators to heat most of the downtown buildings for over 70 years, beginning around the turn of the century.
  • Davenport Hotel: built in 1914, the most luxurious hotel in Spokane. Has housed Houdini, Charles Lindberg, and many Presidents of the United States. Beautifully ornate interior.


I hope you enjoyed our fun whirlwind historic tour of Spokane!

Civil War Hands-on Activities

Monday, July 20th, 2015


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We experienced Civil War in the graveyard by doing several hands-on activities, including searching for a gravestone of someone who lived during the time of the Civil War, doing a crayon rubbing of the gravestone, and reciting the Gettysburg Address. We are using All American History, Volume II this year for our American History studies, and searching for a headstone from the time of the Civil War was one activity mentioned in the book.

civil-war-in-the-graveyard-2It was a sunny day in the autumn, and we were scattered around the graveyard, trying to find the oldest gravestones. I told my kids to look for actual headstones instead of the modern grave markers that were flat to the ground. Soon we found a gravestone of a man who lived during the time period of the Civil War.


I had someone hold the butcher paper while doing the crayon rubbing. We used dark-colored oil pastels, with the crayon on its side. Take a look at how we did this activity:

After finishing the crayon rubbing, one of my sons recited the Gettysburg Address while dressed up as Abraham Lincoln. You need a black top hat and a brown beard. You should also wear a suit and tie. The Gettysburg Address was delivered at a cemetery, making this activity appropriate for the graveyard.

abraham-lincoln-graveyardWe had a great time doing these fun activities to re-enforce the Civil War time period!

Civil War Treats: Molasses Cookies

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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If you are studying the Civil War time period, why not make some old-fashioned molasses cookies? These Civil War molasses cookies are yummy!

We got this idea from All American History, Volume II, which we are using in our study of the Civil War. When doing hands-on activities, it’s wonderful to be able to taste the time period. This is why we chose to make Civil War molasses cookies.


Civil War Molasses Cookies (Recipe)


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 3/4cup flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt


Cream together shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees and roll dough out to 1/4.” Cut out cookies with a round cutter (use either a glass, a lid, or a round cookie cutter). Place on a baking sheet; bake for 10 minutes.


Video Tutorial: How to Make Civil War Molasses Cookies

Watch me as I make these delicious old-fashioned molasses cookies: