The High King Lives

The 1800’s Week 3: Native Americans, the Alamo, Edgar Allan Poe, & the Gold Rush June 3, 2014

In this post: Food, games, crafts, & fun as we study Native Americans, the Alamo, Edgar Allan Poe, & the Gold Rush! Also a composter study on Beethoven! Pull up a chair  and hang out :).

Hello dear ones! This is how we studied week 3 of the 1800’s:

Native Americans

  • We read about the Trail of Tears in Story of the World Book 3.
  • We read books about Native Americans: The Cherokee Indians, The Girl Who Lived With the Bears, & Follow the Stars.
  • We read Native American nursery rhymes.
  • Michael drew a picture of American bison from his Draw through History book.
  • We watched movies about Native Americans: The Trail of Tears, Dear America season 1 episodes 1 &2, and Mandie & the Cherokee Treasure.  The Dear America series is on Netflix and it’s just wonderful. It’s fictional diaries of historical women.
  • We wove a basket with a basket weaving kit.
  • Chris made Native American Fry Bread. We tried it with butter and then with powdered sugar. I prefer the latter.
  • Michael made a papoose and a Native American drum.
  • Michael played the online game: Mission US mission 3: Cheyenne Odyssey
  • We took a trip to Fort Mitchell and saw the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center outside of it. We saw where the Creek Trail of Tears began. We learned about the Indian Creek Wars and we toured the old fort. We looked at old stage coaches.

Edgar Allan Poe

  • We went to the park and read  The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. We happened to see a raven or a crow at the park.
  • We watched videos about the genius of ravens. They really CAN mimic human speech. They can even use tools. Links are at the end of the post.
  • Michael typed out part of the poem, “The Raven”. I printed it on scrapbook paper. Then I pasted it on fabric with a paper raven.
  • We watched an old Mr. Peabody episode on Edgar Allan Poe.

The Alamo

  • We read about the Alamo in Story of the World book 3.
  • We watched Dear America Season1 episode 7 about the Alamo. It shows a Texan family during the Mexican American war.
  • Michael drew the Alamo from his Draw Through History book.
  • Michael made a model of the Alamo with styrofoam blocks. He had his own war with his little figurines.

The Gold Rush

  • We read about the Gold Rush in Story of the World book 3.
  • Michael did a lapbook on the California Gold Rush. Michael did a worksheet on what he would bring if he was a miner.
  • We “panned” for gold. I filled our kiddie pool with dirt and aquarium gems. The orange represented fool’s gold and the yellow, gold.
  • Michael played the online game “Rush for Gold-California”. You can buy it on It’s quite addictive but it shows how the miners start mining towns. It’s easy and fun.
  • We ate fish soup, a sort of gumbo.
  • I made chocolate “nuggets” with peanuts and chocolate.


  • Michael did a composer study of Beethoven.
  • He learned how to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
  • We watched “Beethoven’s Wig” a parody of the symphony.
  • Michael read “Little House in the Big Woods” as he continues with the Little House series.
  • We visited the Columbus Museum and Michael sat in an old one room schoolhouse.

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover