Can’t we all just get along?
In Chapter 36, we’re introduced to Reformation and Counter Reformation. This really hit home with us at our co-op, since we’re a Catholic-based group, and we LOVE our Protestants. They could have used a group like ours back then to show them how to get along.
On to the slide show:
CH36 Reformation and Counter Reformation
Recognize these four names?
In Chapter 35, we’re introduced to the Renaissance era. I threw in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reference, because it was quite fitting. This chapter also talks about the Gutenberg Printing Press.
Here’s the slide show:
CH35 A New Way of Thinking
Divorced, Beheaded, Died
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived!
Here we have Chapter 34’s slide show. It covers Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, and how King Henry VIII took that idea and ran with it.
CH34 Martin Luthers New Ideas
Make way for the conquistadores!
Here’s the slide show for Chapter 33. I hope you get as much use out of these as I do. They’re great for all that wonderful connective learning!
In this chapter, we discover the conquistadores, Cortes, and Montezuma.
CH33 Spain Portugal and the New World
We had a special project for Chapter 32: The American Kingdoms. I went out to Art in History and ordered 16 of the Aztec Quetzalcoatl sculptures. The kids had a GREAT time painting these, and if you’re a homeschooler, or even if you have a classroom environment, like we do, I HIGHLY recommend this company! Each sculpture comes with everything you need: the sculpture, Styrofoam plates (for palettes), a NICE brush, a sponge, paint, and a great box to store it in. Yes, even the packaging is nice!
I’d like to give a special shout-out to Brian Card. He’s the regional manager, and he held my hand through the entire process. I was even sent a free sample to try out before buying the 16 sculptures! He’s the bomb-diggety.
The entire process took three class periods. It’s important to emphasize that while the sculptures need two coats of paint, the paint dries fairly quickly. However, you’ll still want to allow for enough time when painting them.
Here’s our process:
And here are the finished results!
Whatever you do, don’t play any games.
This was a particularly gory chapter. It happens to be one of my favorite time periods, and I had fun sharing what I know (which is more than what the book’s chapter gives). The kids were completely fascinated by just how bloody of a time period this was. They seem to really like the chapters where there is a lot of… drama.
The American Kingdoms
Way back when, in 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean blue!
Here’s the slideshow for chapter 31. This chapter covers the Spanish and Portuguese explorers discovering the Americas. The maps are great for geography review! Enjoy…
Exploring New Worlds