Win a Nine-Volume, American History-Themed “Who Was” Book Set!

Giveaway and Resources

I’m so excited to offer one special reader a nine-volume set of American history-themed books from the Who Was series. This week I’ll be featuring the books on the blog along with additional resources that can be used to enhance your studies.  Since there are nine books in the set I’m giving away, I’ll feature three books per post.  Instructions for contest entry are at the end of this post.

Who Was Davy Crockett?

Reading level and book specifics:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 112 pages

Davy Crockett was a frontiersman who served as a congressman for Tennesee.  He also fought in the Texas Revolution against the Mexican army and later died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Learn more about Davy Crockett:

Download a free audio dramatization of The Story of Young Davy Crockett. While you’re there, be sure to download the free listening guide as well!

Read more about Davy Crockett and look at an interesting photo gallery on Kiddle.

Read the Signature Biography, The Story of Davy Crockett, for free online (e-mail registration is required and well worth it if your learners like to read older books)!  Another classic story option is Davy Crockett from the American Adventure Series.

Just for fun, listen to The Story of Davy Crockett from the vintage album by Disneyland Records.

Davy Crockett was a congressman.  Use the Congress for Kids website to find out the roles of a congressman.

Many tall tales emerged about Davy Crockett, especially after his death.  Because of this, it has been hard for some to separate the stories about Davy Crockett the folk hero and Davy Crockett the person.  The source of many of the myths was the Davy Crockett Almanac. No one knows who published the Davy Crockett Almanac, but these publications serve as good examples of early American humor.  See one of the almanacs here.

Get free lesson plans and printables about The Alamo, where Davy Crockett is said to have died in battle.

Who Was Sacagawea?

Reading level and book specifics:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 112 pages

Sixteen-year-old Sacagawea made history when she made the remarkable journey with Lewis and Clark.

Learn more about Sacagawea:

Sacagawea was part of the Agai-Dika Shoshone Tribe (later re-named Lemhi-Shoshone by Mormons). See a sampling of Lemhi words, then scroll to the bottom of the linked page for learning activities and printables.

Read an interactive version of Sacagawea’s story.

Learn more about the Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin.

Discover more about Sacagawea with this Encyclopedia Britannica entry.

Use this interactive resource from The National Park Service to learn more about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Who Was Johnny Appleseed?

Reading level and book specifics:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 112 pages

Known for bringing apple trees to the midwest, Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman, got to see the country spread westward!

Learn more about John Chapman:

Read the story of John Chapman online. Then scroll to the bottom of the linked page to get some activities and printables.

For your younger learners, download a free literacy activity pack about Johnny Appleseed.

Chapman was a member of the Swedenborgian Church, which forbade tree grafting.  Because of this, most of the apples he planted were unpalatable. Reliably safe drinking water was rare in colonial America, and since most apples during this time were used to make cider rather than eaten, the fruit of Chapman’s labor was beneficial to settlers.  Cider, which was a mildly alcoholic beverage about half the strength of wine, was safer to drink and was even served to children. See how grafting is done to produce an edible apple.

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine endowed Chapman with national fame in 1871.  Click here to read the original story, Johnny Appleseed: A Pioneer Hero.

Other Activities

Host a Living Wax Museum (all links for the Living Wax Museum come from Penguin Publishing Group). This idea is designed for classroom use, but it easily can be adapted for home use.

With or without the museum you can use the fun activities to make the learning stick! Create your own word-search, make Who Was magazine covers, create biography cubes, and more with these free, interchangeable activities, also from Penguin Publishing Group.

Davy Crockett, Sacagawea, and Johnny Appleseed have all had postage stamps made in their honor.  Design your own postage stamp with one of the featured individuals.

Make a simple biography poster using watercolor paints.

Design a biography bottle doll and retell the story!

Create a lapbook for any of the books in this series.  Use these free templates to design your lapbook exactly the way you want it!  If you don’t want to design your own, you can use this simple biography lapbook template.

Enter to Win a Nine-Volume Set of “Who Was” Books!

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