Intro to the 1900’s

The beginning of our semester long unit about the 20th century is off to a great start!  Besides WWI (which we’re going to do next), we have covered the main topics from 1900-1919.  For now, I’m only planning one small project per section of the unit.  When we get to the end, a big explosion of projects will wrap-up our study.  The small project for this part of the unit was to write and present a book report on their assigned reading books.  Above, Mahayla is sharing about her book Thimble Summer.

Below are the resources that have been in the sidebar.  Through these wonderful books (and other sources) we covered the topics of: what life was like, early flight, early automobiles, women’s sufferage, Industrial Revolution, factory safety, hours and wages, child labor, pollution, orphan trains, John Muir and the Panama Canal.  A lapbook from A Journey Through Learning called An Overview of the 20th Century is helping us to document some of the topics we’re covering.  I’ll give you a peek into that lapbook when we reach Y2K.

Introduction to the 1900’s

Welcome to Samantha's World-1904: Growing Up in America's New Century (American Girl Collection)If You Lived 100 Years AgoThe Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 (Picture Puffin Books)Eat My Dust! Henry Ford's First Race (Step into Reading)Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child LaborThe Gate In The WallTrain to SomewhereThe Panama Canal: The Story of how a jungle was conquered and the world made smaller (Wonders of the World Book)John Muir: My Life with Nature



  1. Allison Weeks says:

    Hi, Cindy. I’ve been following your websit for several months and I really enjoy your posts. I follow a similar approach to homeschooling. We are in our 6th year of hms. We have an 8th grade DD, 6th grade DS, 3rd grade DS, and 1st grade DS.
    We are finishing up a 3-week unit on WWI this week. I wanted to share some of our resources with you and your readers.
    My older two read “After the Dancing Days” to learn about the affects of war on lives of returning soldiers and families. Great story..although it was quite sad (I read it last summer to preview). We read through “Letters From the Battlefield: WWI” as a spine book. I like this series because they cover all of the main events in good order, while the excerpts from actual letters give them a great “living-book” quality. We have also used “Where Poppies Grow” as a resource for their final project (a WWI scrapbook, as if done by a soldier or family member during or directly after the war). My 6th Grade DS has really gotten in to this project. He has designed and cut out paper models of planes and tanks!
    The younger two and I read through “Ruthie’s Gift”, a charming tale set in the heartland just before America enters WWI. It touched on the War in a round-about sort of way. I also read aloud to the younger 2 “The Donkey of Gallipoli”, which presented more of the reality of war through a true tale of bravery and sacrifice of both man and beast.
    Hope this info may be helpful to someone.
    Thanks again for creating such a great site!
    ~Allison Weeks, Texas

  2. Allison!!! WOW! Thank you so much for the WWI recommendations. I’ve been so stumped on where to go for the living aspect of this part of the unit. Give me WWII and I’m on a roll, but WWI just hasn’t been as easy for me. I’m headed to my library’s search catalog right now to see if any of your suggestions are available!

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