History is taught best through stories! Indians, Red Coats, cannons, muskets, and guns, and stuff.
In this Andy Griffith Show classic, Andy Taylor mischievously gets Opie’s curiosity up with the Gun Shot Heard Around the World. Opie and his freinds learn to like history becasue of stories.
If you don’t have time fore all three videos watch #2 to see Andy captivating Opie and his friends with story of Paul Revere. ideo #3 shows the children telling what they learned to shocked Miss Crump.
The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America Part 1
Aunt Bee remarks, ” Since Dewy took Manila”? (a battle from the Spanish American War).
The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America Part 2
The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America Part 31
If Andy had the Internet I believe he would have followed up the story with a few YouTube videos.
The Midnight Ride
History is Fun with Stories
There is no need to suffer though boring history text books. Teach elementary children American History with engaging books like the Jean Fritz books.
No brain work required. Simply read the story aloud and combine with narration, copywork, activity or Internet research.
1. Read “George Washington’s Breakfast.”
2. Memorized some facts (year of birth, names of first 3 presidents, etc.).
3. Copy a section of the book for handwriting exercise.
4. Made and eat same breakfast George had (read the book to find out what it was).
Most of the time you can search Google a related worksheet and search YouTube to find a related video. Quick and easy!
Suggested American History Books