Free Resources for the “Who Was” Book Series – Part 3

Free Resources for the Who Was Book Series – Part 3

Welcome to our third and final post featuring the Who Was book series. Each post features three titles from the series, so check out Part 1 and Part 2 for more free resources!

Who Was Alexander Hamilton?

Reading level and book specifics:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 112 pages

Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman who had a profound influence on America’s political system.  His life was filled with accomplishments despite and amid difficulties.

Learn more about Alexander Hamilton:

Take a virtual tour of the Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

Download a FREE Junior Ranger book about Hamilton from the National Park Service.  (After following the link, click the link under “Become a Junior Ranger” for the book.)  These fun downloadable activity books are made for a visit to the national parks, but many of the activities can be done without a visit.

Watch a short American Experience video about the early life of Hamilton. (Free registration may be required.)

View a short American Icons video that features a general overview of Hamilton’s life.

Hamilton wanted a National Mint to provide a unified central currency.  Watch a video to learn why this was important, then discover more with online games and activities.

There are only three non-presidents on current American paper money, and Hamilton is one of those three.  Learn ten facts about Hamilton on the $10.00 bill.

Auditory learners can listen to three old-time radio show episodes featuring stories about Hamilton: You Are There – The Burr Hamilton Duel; The Cavalcade of America – Ready on the Right; and The Cavalcade of America – The Gentleman from the Islands.

Who Was Daniel Boone?

Reading level and book specifics:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 112 pages

Daniel Boone was a frontiersman who, along with 28 companions, built the Wilderness Road, This path was important because it became the main route to the region then known as the West, and it helped make the first settlements of Kentucky possible.  Boone’s adventures inspired incidents in multiple works of fiction, and he served as the model for James Fenimore Cooper’s character Natty Bumppo from The Leatherstocking Tales.

Learn more about Daniel Boone:

Watch a short PBS video about Daniel Boone.

See the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail on the map. Use the interactive symbols to learn more about each stop on the trail.

Read some classic articles from Boys’ Life magazine: Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout (January 1922 issue) or Daniel Boone: The Opening of the Wilderness (October 1954 issue).

Listen to a story about Boone on The Cavalcade of America.

Who Was Robert E. Lee?

Reading level and book specifics:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 112 pages

Confederate General Robert E. Lee commanded the largest Confederate army and later became general-in-chief of all Confederate land forces.

Learn more about Robert E. Lee:

Watch a Civil War in 4 minutes video about Robert E Lee.

Download a FREE Junior Ranger book about Lee and Arlington House.

View a video about Lee and the Battle of Antietam.  Sadly, this battle gave us the bloodiest day in American history.

Lee reportedly said, “I don’t believe we can have an army without music.”  Listen to music that would have been part of the battlefield, the camp, and the homefront during the Civil War, then learn more about the roles the music played.  After reading about the different ways music was used, think about what songs you would want to hear if you were in the same situation.

Listen to a story about Lee on The Cavalcade of America.

Other Activities

Create a newspaper describing events in the life of one of the featured historical figures.  You can use a free printable template or create your own!

Use a comic-book format to retell an event from the story.  Choose from any of these free templates or design your own template.

If you missed part 1 or part 2 of this series, check out the “Other Activities” section of each post for more ideas to use with your studies!


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