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Evan-Moor History Pockets, A Review

Posted on Friday, December 4, 2009 in History, Reviews

Each of our three school-aged children has expressed an interest in Indians. Following their interest, we set aside plans to finish Story of the World 1, and instead started a journey through the tribes of North America.

To help us explore, I purchased an Evan Moor product for the first time.  I’ve heard such positive reviews about their products from the ladies over at Homeschool Share for years.  Last week we started the Evan Moor History Pockets for Native Americans, grades 1-3.  I bought the ebook version so that I can print off only what we actually use.

I’ve enjoyed everything about this purchase.  I can’t say that about too many products out there, I usually spend half my time thinking of how to fill holes.

There are two activities per tribe and they are easy to accomplish but still fun.

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Nez Perce Decorations for the Appaloosa Horses

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Character Qualities of Chief Joseph from the Nez Perce Indians

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Tlingit Potlatch Masks

A map of the tribes along with picture cards to create a Native American dictionary are included.

My 4 1/2, 7, and 9 year old have all been engaged in this unit, an unexpected bonus for me.

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With the Evan Moore pockets, the only extra resource I recommend is the library.  But even if you don’t have that, a short booklet is included for each tribe(it’s helpful and will do the trick, but it’s not like having some great pictures and read-alouds.)  I’ll continue to update the book list at the end up this post, as we continue through the tribes.

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I truly haven’t looked for other supplements, though a few have walked into my email via rss feeds, like this igloo below.  And the new information we’ve been learning has inspired lots of creative play.  Think Inuit animals bundled in baby sister’s winter clothes and tied onto a ladder as a sleigh.

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Note: I purchased this product for our family homeschool, I received no money to review this product.

Suggested Booklist

The Inuits
Call me Ahnighito by Pam Conrad
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill(CB)
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

The Tlingit
The Tlingit by Raymond Bial
The Frog Princess Tlingit Legend from Alaska by Eric A Kimmel

Nez Perce
Thunder Rolling in the Mountians by Scott O’Dell(CB)*
The Nez Perce by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Chief Joseph Boy of the Nez Perce’ by Olive W. Burt(CB)*
The Nez Perce by Sharlene and Ted  Nelson

The Maidu
Home to Medicine Mountain by Chiori Santiago

Other Indian Read-Alouds
Caddy Woodlawn(CB)
Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling
Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

CB-Chapter Book
*This book was checked out by our family, by we didn’t get a chance to read it.

Bring on the comments

  1. Jimmie says:

    That does look like a good History Pockets. We are fans too. Love how the various ages could all participate. That’s a real plus for families with several children.
    I agree that you MUST add living books to the study. Great list you have here. I don’t really like using the info pages included in HP. They are okay, but just okay, not as impacting as a real book.

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