When we worked on this topic last year it didn't work at all well to start with the present and go backwards in time, so we will begin with the very formation of the land we are living on today. I know that there will be lots of events this year celebrating the bicentennial of Illinois, so I expect that we will continue to dip into this topic even after the main lesson is formally over. It's fascinating for me to study Illinois since I didn't grow up here.
Here are collected my notes and musings in a rough chronological order and I'm open to additional suggestions!
Of course I will also share the actual lessons as they unfold all month long.
Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching by Clare Walker Leslie
How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World by Faith McNulty
layers of earth tapestry, weaving on the loom our backyard meadow with the layers of soil under it, biome jars
nomenclature booklets for parts of the biomes, parts of the soil, layers of the soil
"The World Beneath Our Feet" poster, IDNR
Mountain Dance by Thomas Locker
Appalachian vs. Rocky mtns, what is the oldest mountain range on earth, plate tectonics, This Dynamic Planet map, video of new ocean floor being formed as molten rock bubbles up
Pangea puzzle, IDNR fossils bin, fossils book, Tully monster (IL state fossil), modeling beeswax
fossils IL special guest Laurel?
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
coal, fern forests, IL mining
field trip to Little River
IDNR prairies bin
Journey to Cahokia: A Boy's Visit to the Great Mound City by Albert Lorenz
French, fur traders, beaver, Mississippi River, shape of Illinois, map making, compass rose, scale
Looking Down by Steve Jenkins
Ste. Genevieve field trip - links from Hilary
Louisisiana Purchase - Lewis & Clark
Fort de Chartres
Fort Massac (Encampment weekend Oct 20/21)
French & Indian War
when did IL become a state
local history, Lincoln, debates, John A Logan museum
one room schoolhouse at John A Logan college (Oct 12)
Lincoln museum springfield
bricks made in Murphysboro were used in the construction of the Panama Canal
Illinois 200 articles
Leslie cave Underground Railroad
L is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin
Illinois: A History in Pictures by Gerald Danzer
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
The Voyageur in the Illinois Country: The Fur Trade’s Professional Boatmen in Mid America by Margaret Kimball Brown
IDNR state symbols bin
corn watercolor painting
Thu Sep 27
pumpkin patch visit
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