Curriculum

WHAT’S IN OUR SHOW:

Obviously it is impossible to cover EVERY detail of the last 250 years plus of American history, so we have chosen to focus on the following areas:

1)  The Birth of our Country

2)  The Concept of Manifest Destiny and the 50 states that resulted from that!

3)  The Wild Wild West and Gold Rush

4)  Abe Lincoln and the Presidents before and after

5)  WW1 and WW2 and the Great Generation

6)  The Power of American Invention and the great American Inventors

7)  The 60’s: a time of Great Dreams; the music, the space age and Martin Luther King

8)  The Future: the kids in the Audience!

 

All material is, of course, presented in a Politically Correct and Age Appropriate manner!

 

Ideas for Discussion:

 

The American Revolution.

 

Who was our first President (tricky answer!)? What was the Constitution and why did congress feel we needed one?  Why did the 13 colonies WANT to break away from British Rule?  Which European countries helped the colonists and why?  What is the Bill of Rights?  Who said 1 if by land, 2 if by see and what on earth was he talking about?

 

Download “I Love America”

 

 

Manifest Destiny and our 50 States.

 

What is Manifest Destiny and how did that way of thinking build our country?  Please have kids learn 50 states song if possible!

 

INCLUDE LINK TO LYRICS and MUSIC DOWN LOAD. WHEN WE FIX “WYOMING, a LINK TO THE FULL LENGTH VID AS WELL

 

LYRICS:

 

SONG LYRICS FOR 50 STATES SONG:

 

When I was a kid I studied U S geography

My teacher said “Would you stand up and list the states for me?”

My knees began a knocking

My words came out all wrong

Then suddenly I burst out with this silly little song!

Alabama and Alaska Arizona Arkansas

California Colorado and Connecticut and more

Delaware Florida Georgia then Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa still thirty-five to go

Kansas and Kentucky, Louisiana Maine

Maryland Massachusetts and Good old Michigan

Minnesota Mississippi Missouri and Montana

then Nebraska’s twenty seven number twenty eights Nevada

 

Net New Hampshire and New Jersey and way down New Mexico

There’s New York, North Carolina North Dakota Ohio

Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Now let see Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee

Texas and there’s Utah

Vermont I’m almost through

Virginia then there’s Washington and West Virginia too

Could Wisconsin be the last one or is it 49

No Wyoming is the last state in the first states that RHYME

 

I sat down all out of breath the teacher said “THAT’S GREAT

I’m quite impressed u were the best in listing all the states!

But if u wanna get and A for that silly little rhyme

Stand back up and sing that song but do it double time!”

Alabama and Alaska Arizona Arkansas

California Colorado and Connecticut and more

Delaware Florida Georgia then Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa still thirty-five to go

Kansas and Kentucky, Louisiana Maine

Maryland Massachusetts and Good old Michigan

Minnesota Mississippi Missouri and Montana

then Nebraska’s twenty seven number twenty eights Nevada

 

Net New Hampshire and New Jersey and way down New Mexico

There’s New York, North Carolina North Dakota Ohio

Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Now let see Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee

Texas and there’s Utah

Vermont I’m almost through

Virginia then there’s Washington and West Virginia too

Could Wisconsin be the last one or is it 49?

No Wyoming is the last state in the first states that RHYME

 

 

The Wild Wild West and the Gold Rush and Immigration.

 

Why was the west so wild and where was everyone rushing to? How did the Gold Rush help create our country and how did the railroad and the gold rush increase immigration to our country?

 

Download “Auctioneer”

 

Abe Lincoln and the rest of the “club of presidents”.

 

How our government works: the branches and the two party system.   Lyrics and music to the Presidential Overture available.   Do you think the 4 year term is a good idea, or would one 6 year be better, and why?

18th Century

1. George Washington 2. John Adams

19th Century

3. Thomas Jefferson 15. James Buchanan
4. James Madison 16. Abraham Lincoln
5. James Monroe 17. Andrew Johnson
6. John Quincy Adams 18. Ulysses S. Grant
7. Andrew Jackson 19. Rutherford B. Hayes
8. Martin Van Buren 20. James Garfield
9. William Henry Harrison 21. Chester A. Arthur
10. John Tyler 22. Grover Cleveland
11. James K. Polk 23. Benjamin Harrison
12. Zachary Taylor 24. Grover Cleveland
13. Millard Fillmore 25. William McKinley
14. Franklin Pierce

20th Century

26. Theodore Roosevelt 35. John F. Kennedy
27. William Howard Taft 36. Lyndon B. Johnson
28. Woodrow Wilson 37. Richard M. Nixon
29. Warren G. Harding 38. Gerald R. Ford
30. Calvin Coolidge 39. James Carter
31. Herbert Hoover 40. Ronald Reagan
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt 41. George H. W. Bush
33. Harry S. Truman 42. William J. Clinton
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower

21st Century

43. George W. Bush 44. Barack Obama

 

WW1 WW2 and The Great Depression and Generation.

 

Who were the Allies and who were the Axies?  What were the political, geopolitical and financial reasons for the wars’ beginings.  What caused the Great Depression and how is it similar to what caused our current recession?  What are the 4 branches of the Military, what are they known for, and what were the great battles of the two great wars?

 

The Power Of Invention. 

 

One of the greatest powers of America have been not military by nature but the excellence of our inventors. Some invented things we can’t do without (Edison/light bulb) others things we don’t WANT to do without (Carver/peanut butter). What would YOU invent if you could?

 

The 60’s… a time of Great Dreams!

 

A generation speaks out!  Women’s Rights, Civil Rights and a race to space!   Why do you think that this generation chose to rebel?  Were they right to stand up for what they believed in?  What would YOU have done?  The race to space; why was it important for American to be the first to land on the moon?  Who was Martin Luther King and what did he accomplish? Do you think there is equality in this country?


What is the Future of this Country….. YOU! 


What do you want to do when you get older? What are the steps you can take NOW to move in that direction? What matters to YOU and how do you think you could peacefully go about manifesting that change when you become an adult?