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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

1950s


Last week we studied the Korean War and Truman (TOG Year 4 Week 21) and this week we're studying Eisenhower and the 1950s (Week 22). It is a fun week as we take a break from war talk and focus on the booming prosperity, fashions, trends, and discoveries of the 1950s. In the picture above, you see the kids holding their DNA models, made with Twizzlers, gummy bears, and toothpicks.

We also watched the Eisenhower episode of American Experience's The American Presidents series and have read some snippets of Upstairs at the White House (see other post) in addition to our regular history readings. To get a feel for the era, we've added fifties hits to the iPod and the girls made a collage of '50s fashions while Lane glued some pictures of 1950s cars onto his page. We also watched on YouTube a program about Queen Elizabeth's coronation, which was interesting to watch on the very week that we in America inaugurated our new President.

Here's the iTunes link to the 50's hits that we found:
Bill Haley & The Bill Haley Comets - Fabulous 50s "Rock Around the Clock" and other 50's hits from iTunes

Next week (TOG Week 23) we will learn about the uglier side of our history in the 1950's and 1960's: the treatment of African-Americans and their struggle for civil rights. We'll also cram into next week a quick look at African nations in the 20th century and their dates of independence. Although we won't be able to next week, we may visit the National Historic Site of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling in Topeka, which is not far from here. Speaking of field trips, we will also go see the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in Abilene, Kansas, later this year, probably in our summer break.

4 comments:

The Ties that Bind Us said...

I love the pictures! DNA models, how cool is that? I hope they got to eat them too. I just love the inspiration I get from reading your blog. THank you for sharing.
Brenda@ourlifestyleoflearning.ning.com

Mrs. Edwards said...

Brenda,
Thanks for stopping by. I found the DNA idea on the internet somewhere. Since I downloaded the PDF instructions, I lost track of where I found it, so didn't include the link. Still, it is a pretty straight-forward idea, easy to figure out without instructions!

Yes, the kids ate them soon after we snapped the photo. Funny thing, though: Only Toby liked the gummy bears. Too rubbery.

Mrs. Edwards said...

Brenda,
Thanks for stopping by. I found the DNA idea on the internet somewhere. Since I downloaded the PDF instructions, I lost track of where I found it, so didn't include the link. Still, it is a pretty straight-forward idea, easy to figure out without instructions!

Yes, the kids ate them soon after we snapped the photo. Funny thing, though: Only Toby liked the gummy bears. Too rubbery.

Mrs. Edwards said...

Oops, I double-clicked the publish button. Sorry!

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