American Elephants

How America Grew: An Animated Atlas of the Growth of a Nation by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a great lesson in geography and history.  Our students are graduating from school without much knowledge of their own country and no sense of the big picture of how our nation developed.

History ought to be fascinating and fun. I can’t say that any of my teachers made it so.  I remember a college professor whose idea of drumming history into young heads was Saturday morning 8 o’clock snap quizzes where you were supposed to list what happened from, say 1874 to 1883.  Dates were the important knowledge, but we had no sense of a framework into which to enter the dates.  I suspect he turned out no future historians.

I still remember, hazily, a fourth grade textbook called Pilots and Pathfinders about the world’s great explorers and adventure. Just the right thing for 4th grade. Explore this version, and if you like it, you can buy a more elaborate version for your student.

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