I didn’t set out to write a Civil War series, but I realized that because this was one of Firecracker’s interests (at age 9) that I was developing a Civil War unit study through a series of posts on my blog. So, I thought I’d create a central menu for them here. I hope this helps if you’re planning your own Civil War study!
Our Favorite Books
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier by Thomas Ratliff
The Civil War: An Interactive History Adventure by Matt Doeden
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and Larry Johnson
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legend by Justine Fontes
Bull Run by Paul Fleishmann
Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne
Abe Lincoln at Last by Mary Pope Osborne
The Monitor: The Iron Warship that Changed the World by Gare Thompson
Civil War Paper Soldiers in Full Color (Dover Activity books)–This isn’t actually a book to read. These are 100 soldiers that are paper dolls to make for your child. It took me the better part of a week of spare time (and a sharp exacto knife) to make these for Firecracker, but it has been so worth it as I’ve seen him play with them over and over again.
If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Kay Moore and Anni Matsick
Some of our Favorite Activities
We made tin can lanterns for travelling the underground railroad after we read Follow the Drinking Gourd.
We studied The Battle of Lookout Mountain, including understanding signal flags and making hardtack!
We learned about how the first ironclad ships were made and learned about an important battle between ironclads. Then, we used duct tape and a milk carton to make our own ironclad!
We used Bull Run for novel study and for learning about the start of the Civil War. We also did several hands-on activities to go with Bull Run!
At Christmas time, we studied Thomas Nast’s Civil War Christmas Drawings, including his drawings of Santa Claus!
…..and we keep continuing to find new ways to study the Civil War!!