Year 4 History

General
  • This classic, beloved game is now available to play for free! Play Oregon Trail online!
  • Another great game, also available and free to play! Play Amazon Trail online!
  • Great link for the whole year!
  • Wonderful huge site: Atlas of the 20th Century.
  • Another massive site with Primary Source materials: teacher’s use, probably, initially, although you’ll use it to find sites for your children. If they want to read the originals, here they are!
  • All ages will love this site on US Government. This site transcends unit boundaries. It’s GREAT!
  • The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon is now online: read from the screen or print to your heart’s content.
  • Eyewitness History is GREAT! It has first-hand accounts, graphics, and a wonderfully user-friendly interface. Bookmark today and use it all four years! I recommend that you start by clicking on “index” and then scroll through, noting upcoming topics in your Year-Plan! Enjoy!
  • Have you chosen the Spielvogel books as a spine? If so, click here to find more teaching helps! To navigate through this site, you’ll want to click on the picture of your text, or one similar, to find interactive quizzes, internet activities, and more!
  • Use this site for great pictures when making lapbooks.
  • Today in History
  • Have Fun with History: Excellent resource of videos, people and event timelines, and activities!

Timelines

Presidents:

Unit 1 – Casting Off the Moorings

General Resources for this Unit

Week 1: Dawn of the Twentieth Century

A Nation Rises (1700s-1840)

The Century of Iron (1844-1859)

Through the Golden Door (1870-1899)

Significant Milestones (1900-1902)

Week 2: The Progressive Era

Week 3: Wilson’s Reforms & Europe’s War

Week 4: Deadlock and Death

Week 5: America Mobilizes & Russia Revolts

  • Review Russian history up to the Russian Revolution. This page is especially good for those who are new to Tapestry in Year 4.
  • Large site devoted to organizing links connected with the Russian Revolution. Primary source documents, maps, biographies–it’s all here! Parental screening advised, since I’m sure there must be some pro-Marxist sites included.
  • Direct link to helpful time line on the above site.

Week 6: Winning the War & Losing the Peace

Week 7: Postwar America

Week 8: America’s Roaring 20’s & Russia’s Stalin

Week 9: American Ballyhoo & Hitler’s Early Career

Unit 2 – Depression and Destruction

General Resources for this Unit

Week 10: Bull Market and Black Market

Week 11: Crash! The Great Depression in America

Week 12: FDR and the New Deal

Week 13: Aggression and Appeasement

  • Excellent online biography of Adolph Hitler. Detailed and interesting! Read Part 2: The Triumph of Hitler this week.
  • Listen to Bing Crosby’s Little Drummer Boy.
  • Outstanding highly hyper linked page on Neville Chamberlain. This page will give you MUCH valuable information that is not available in enrichment books recommended for this week. Please take some time to follow hyper links that interest you, or are terms/events about which you know very little. This site is highly recommended.
  • This link on the policy of appeasement from the above page is HIGHLY recommended reading this week, especially the primary source quotes at the bottom. In reading them you will gain valuable insight into WHY this policy was followed.
  • Outline of Hitler’s maneuvers Leading up to the Munich Crisis. Wonderful original audio clips from various world leaders including the leaders of Britain (Chamberlain), Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Germany (Hitler).
  • Neville Chamberlain is often quoted (and belittled) for his famous statement that his appeasement of Hitler over Czechoslovakia at the Munich Conference had earned Europe “peace in our time.” To read the text of his ironic statement, click here
  • Official Amelia Earhart site, or read about her last flight here.
  • Corrie ten Boom
  • For the dialectic study of Mussolini: Benito Mussolini
  • For the dialectic study of Mussolini: Encyclopedia Britannica on Benito Mussolini (Italian dictator)

Week 14: Blitzkrieg!

Week 15: World-Wide War

Week 16: Unconditional Surrender

Week 17: Hot War to Cold War

Week 18: A Jewish Homeland

Unit 3 – Conformity to Counterculture

Week 19: India’s Independence

Week 20: China’s Revolution

Week 21: Truman: Korea & the Red Scare

Week 22: Eisenhower’s Oasis

Week 23: Conformity and Change

Week 24: Kennedy’s New Frontiers

Week 25: Camelot and Crisis

Week 26: Johnson’s Great Society

Week 27: A Nation in Distress

Unit 4 – The Postmodern World

Week 28: Nixon: Détente and Watergate

Week 29: Ford’s Integrity

Week 30: Carter’s Malaise

Week 31: Reagan’s Revolution

Week 32: G.H.W. Bush’s New World Order

Week 33: Clinton’s Lost Opportunity

Week 34: George W. Bush: War on Terror

Week 35: Obama: Hope and Change?

Week 36: Reflections and Revelation