the supplies listed below before teaching this curriculum.
Reader 7.0 installed (available free at www.adobe.com).
All items marked (pdf) are Acrobat Reader documents
and are included in the curriculum.
supplies such as scissors, paper, notebooks, and writing
travel brochures. (directions for obtaining included
the free, A
Look at Oklahoma - Oklahoma Student Guide (pdf)
materials: Bible, encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac,
atlas, online reference tools such as http://www.answers.com
Oklahoma Characters, A poster/coloring book
by Phillip R Buntin. Characters in the book include:
Gene Autry, Garth Brooks, Jesse Chisholm, Gordon
Cooper, Angie Debo, "Pretty Boy" Floyd,
Brad Henry, Ben Johnson, Wilma Mankiller, Quanah
Parker, David L. Payne, Sequoyah, Belle Starr, Jim
Thorpe, J. C. Watts, and many, many more. If your
children like to color, this would be a great resource
to go along with this unit. Order through the Heritage
Center, Dodge City, Kansas. 64 pages. $5.95.
(Scroll down the categories list and click on "Oklahoma." Click
through the list until near the very end where you
will find a link to this book.)
- Optional: Oklahoma
Needed to get started (pdf files): Included with curriculum.
History Online Certificate of Completion
Writing Paper, wide lines
Writing Paper, thin lines
History Blank Timeline
History Timeline pcs
track of everything done in this course on the FREE, Oklahoma
History Checklist (pdf - included with curriculum). This
is a great addition to The
Checklist by Cindy Downes (Purchase -
not required for this course).
Supplies and Instructions:
through each lesson now and make a list of the optional
supplies you will want to use. Purchase, reserve,
or request these supplies ahead of time.
supplies, art supplies, and cooking ingredients, as desired
and videos, as desired. Borrow or purchase. (OKHOL
Book List - included in curriculum)
Travel coupons (directions for obtaining
included in curriculum)
school level textbook for 9-12 student (optional)
optional resources listed in each lesson
your child is working on high school credits:
your child select a topic for an Oklahoma History term
paper due at the end of the course. For help in writing
the term paper, use How to Write a Research Report (Teacher
Created Materials #2332) or Writing Strands'
up a schedule and deadlines for researching and writing
the term paper.
set up a schedule and deadlines for him/her to read a
high school level, Oklahoma textbook for the course.
(Recommended: The Story of Oklahoma by W. David
Baird available at bookstores.)
can use the quizzes at the end of each unit or make up
your own quizzes for grades, if you desire. However, I
recommend that, instead, you grade your children on their
notebooks, compositions, activities, etc. You can choose
your own grading system or use mine. In my school, I graded
like this - if they did what I required them to do neatly
(to the best of their ability) and completely, I gave them
a A. If they didn't, the had to do it again until it was
done right. Pretty simple!
public schools, Oklahoma history is usually taught for
1/2 year each in 4th grade, 8th grade, and again in high
school. As a homeschooler, you can teach it to suit the
needs of your children. I recommend covering it at least
two times: once in grades 4-8 and again in grades 9-12
for at least 18 weeks (1/2 year) each. See History
Unit Planning Guide for more information on scheduling.
History Online is designed for 4th - 8th grade students;
however, activities for younger children (K-3rd grade)
have also been included so that you can incorporate them
in your teaching, as desired. In addition, by requiring
grade-level reading and a term paper instead of/or in
addition to the Oklahoma Notebook, this course can fulfill
high school requirements for Oklahoma History as well.
Assign credit as follows: 1/2 year course = 1/2 unit,
1 year course = 1 unit.
Oklahoma History Online as a multi-level
unit to all your children at once. If you have a
child in high school who needs Oklahoma History, teach
it to the rest of your children at the same time, regardless
of their grade level. Your children in grades 4-8 will
not have to take it again until they need high school
credit. Include your children in grades K-3, also; however,
they will need to take Oklahoma History three times,
scheduled as follows: (1) included as desired in grades
K-3, (2) eighteen weeks in grades 4-7, and (3) eighteen
weeks in grades 8-12 for high school credit.
recommend that you teach Oklahoma History for 20 - 45
minutes per day for 18 weeks or 45 - 90 minutes per day,
two times per week, for 18 weeks. If you and your children
enjoy the subject, you can teach it for a complete year
as long as it fits into your schedule. For more information
on scheduling, see Sample
Homeschool Schedule. In order to complete
this course in a year, you will need to allow two (2)
weeks per Unit. For a 1/2 year course, you will need
to allow one week per unit.
child will NOT complete everything in this curriculum! I
have included much more than you can possibly do.
Pick and choose the books, videos, and activities
that will be the most meaningful and age-appropriate
for your child THIS YEAR. Cover as much of the
materials as you can in the time period you have
allowed. Then leave the rest for another year.
When you teach it the second (or third) time, choose
activities from the ones you missed the previous
curriculum is not dependent on specific books. Only the
optional activities require books and videos and these
are available in the Oklahoma library systems, either
locally or through interlibrary loan, or at bookstores.
There are two exceptions: Boom Town Boy and A
Child’s Story of Oklahoma. I listed these
in case you are able to find them at used bookstores
as they are excellent resources.
large part of the curriculum involves research on the
Internet. Please review all websites for content before using.
I recommend that you do this part of the lesson together.
grade levels indicated next to books, websites, and activities
are based on interest level, not reading level and even
this is arbitrary. Each child is different and develops
at different rates. Use your own judgment as to which
resources you should use with your children. Generally
speaking, try the resource. If it doesn’t work,
by Step Instructions to do Before Teaching Each Lesson:
Obtain the supplies needed.
Download and print any documents needed from the Internet.
Make a copy of reproducible activities needed for each
If using videos, watch the night before the lesson as
Family Movie Night. Don’t forget the popcorn and
coke (or fruit smoothie, if you're trying to be healthy!).
Prepare your Oklahoma Timeline
in curriculum). Cut apart the blank
Timeline along the dotted line. Tape the pieces together
end to end, horizontally, so that the years are in numerical
order. (I’ve included one Timeline page with no dates
so that your can add your child's birthday and other events
that happened after WWII.) Hang up so that your child can
paste on the timeline pieces as appropriate during the course.
Read over the “Notes” for each lesson and skim
through the web pages ahead of time so that you can guide
your child’s learning.
Go over the “Notes” with your child, as desired.
Research the topic on the Internet using the website links
provided. Work together or assign individually.
Have your child paste the timeline
in curriculum) on the blank
Oklahoma History Timeline (pdf
in curriculum) as appropriate.
Older students may want to create their own timelines on the
computer, but whatever method you choose, having your children
make a timeline will help them put the events and people of
Oklahoma history in perspective.
Have your child work on their Oklahoma notebook as appropriate.
Have your child complete the Bible Study lesson, if desired.
Have your child complete one or more age-appropriate
activities listed for your child’s learning
Choose activities from as many learning styles as you
desire. These suggestions are just to get you started.
Most children work in more than one learning style. For
more information, see learning styles.
for After the Lesson:
For older children, assign “after-school”
homework such as reading additional books, doing online
research, and/or writing composition projects.
If your child is working on high school credit, have
him/her work on his/her term paper and/or reading,
you will not get everything done! Do as much
as you can in the time you have allowed for Oklahoma History.
If your children only remember one thing about Oklahoma
history from each lesson, they will have learned more
than most of us did when we went to school!
If possible, take family field trips to the places suggested
as they fit into the topic of study. If you can’t do
this in the time period suggested, make it a point to visit
as many of these places as you can. If it is not possible
for you to actually visit the recommended place, take a “virtual”
field trip by looking at the suggested field trip’s
website. Many of them have lots of pictures and information
online that is well worth viewing. Check out Cindy’s
Field Trip page for help planning field trips.
Give the Unit Quiz orally or written, if desired. Personally,
I don't like quizzes. I only put them in for those of you
who do. Remember, a test only tells you what your child DOESN'T
know. To find out what your child DOES know, ask him or her
to tell you what he/she learned or have him/her write compositions.
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