Welcome to the teachers’ guide to the Tennessee History for Kids booklet Across the Ocean.
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Chapters One through Three
There is a lot of information in these chapters about Native American culture. This can be very difficult to summarize because there isn’t really one “Native American” culture. There is Cherokee culture, Navajo culture, Chickasaw culture, etc.
Click here to check out the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. If you are able to make it there (and I strongly recommend the place), make sure you also check out the nearby Oconaluftee Indian Village, where you can step into and explore things such as a summer house and a council house.
Speaking of Cherokee culture, you can also learn a lot of it at places such as the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and at occasional powwow events such as the ones put on Indian Creek Productions, Red Clay State Historic Park and Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park.
It’s pretty far away, but if you ever get a chance to go, check out the Jamestown Settlement, which contains (among many other things) a Powhatan Indian Village. As you can see from the photos taken at the Jamestown Settlement, there are wonderful examples of wigwams there.
A few years ago a man named Morgan Sanger created an exact replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship the Nina and turned it into a floating museum. Sanger has passed away now, but the organization he founded (the Columbus Foundation) continues and can be found at www.thenina.com.
The cover of this booklet features one of the ships owned by the Columbus Foundation.
The maps on pages 18-19 and 21 are pretty busy. Click on the images of them here to see larger versions of them.
For much more detail about de Soto and his journey across the present-day Southeastern United States, click here for a fascinating Tennessee History for Kids virtual tour “In Search of de Soto.”
Click here for a history channel story from 2015 about new developments in the search to find out what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
If you go searching on the internet for more information about Jamestown, you may get confused. Let me try to clear this up: The actual site of the Jamestown Colony is now a federal government owned national park called Historic Jamestowne, where the land and structures are heavily protected and where little living history is staged. Because it is so geographically close to the site of the Battle of Yorktown, this park is administratively run as part of another national park called Yorktown Battlefield, which contains and preserves parts of the actual battlefield.
Meanwhile, there are several privately-run historic attractions in the same area that heavily incorporate living history into what they do (and I strongly recommend all of them). One of them is Jamestown Settlement. Another is the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. And a third is Colonial Williamsburg, which is the closest thing to a “living history theme park” in America.
On page 27 I mention Plymouth Rock. This may lead to some obvious questions such as “How big is this rock?” and “Where can you see this rock?”
Show your students theses two photos. One is of Plymouth Harbor. The dignified structure in the middle houses Plymouth Rock.
On the other photo is of the actual rock. It may not be as large as the students actually think it would be!
Rob Rambo’s portrayal of Little Carpenter (page 31) makes an appearance in the Tennessee History for Kids video “Happy Times at Fort Loudoun.” Click here to see it.
Who is Georgia named for? What colony was known for its toleration of Catholics? What colony was associated with Quakers? What colony was split into two colonies?
By the way, this chapter is repeated in the fall fourth grade booklet called Upon a Pivot, because I don’t necessarily think students will remember every single thing that they learned in third grade when they get to fourth. Just FYI!
On page 42 it is mentioned that Dorchester, Massachusetts, was the site of the first elementary school in America. It was called the Mather School.
Get this: It is still there, and still an operating elementary school! Click here to be taken to its website.
Do realize that students will (or should, at least) learn more about slavery in grades 4, 5, 8 and the high school U.S. history class. They will learn more about the slave trade, and about how slavery spread across the United States, and about the conditions of slavery.
It is, however, important they learn the basics about what slavery was and how it was similar and different than indentured servanthood. After all, more than half of the colonists who came to the United States came as indentured servants–click here to learn more about this.
Chapter 10 and 11
I will admit that I love writing about Thomas “Big Foot” Spencer. Click here to read a column that I wrote for Tennessee Magazine about the man.
By the way, among the places named for Spencer are the town of Spencer, Spencer’s Creek in Williamson County, and Spencer’s Mountain (or Hill) in Cumberland County.
There is a rock high above I-40 in Crab Orchard near where he was killed. In my opinion the rock even looks like the head of a large man. Click on it on the right and ask your students what they think.
Click here for a video where “History Bill” meets Daniel Boone and gets his help through the Cumberland Plateau.
The social studies standards didn’t necessarily require that I included the content of chapter 12. But I thought we badly needed to address a few obvious things about life in the frontier that may not be included among the list of names and dates.
The best way to learn some of the content in this chapter is to go to a living history event that covers the frontier period. Here are a few suggestions, in no particular order:
* Rocky Mount, in Sullivan County
* Daniel Smith Days at Rock Castle, in Sumner County
* Heritage Days in Manskers Station, in Davidson County
* The Museum of Appalachia, in Anderson County
* Sycamore Shoals State Park, in Carter County
* The Tennessee History Festival at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Davidson County
Chapter 13: Grand Divisions and Resources
There are maps on pages 66 and 67 of this booklet. You can click on those same map here to see larger versions.
Click here to see a pretty darn funny video starring “History Bill” about Tennessee geography.
You may scratch your head about the photograph of the oil well on page 68. As it turns out, there are 11 counties in Tennessee that have oil wells! Click here to learn more about this.
By the way, Grainger County is so famous for its tomatoes that it even has an annual tomato festival. Click here to see some photos from it.
Chapter 14: Pencils and Paper
Click here for a virtual tour of the Musgrave Pencil Factory in Shelbyville.
Also, if you would like to buy some pencils with a specially made logo or name on the side of them, I strongly recommend Musgrave!
Chapter 15: Imports and Exports
Chapter 15 tackles what I believe to be the most difficult Tennessee social studies standard–not just for third grade, but for all 13 grades. Standard 3.15 requires students to “interpret a chart, graph, or resource map of major imports and exports in Tennessee.”
I spent quite a bit of time on this topic, and left about a dozen voice mails with officials at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. (I finally gave up on them.) However, the folks at the Business and Economic Resource Center at MTSU did help me to get this chart (to the right). I am grateful for their help.
Chapter 16: Supply and Demand
The photo on page 80 was taken in front of the Pancake Pantry restaurant in Nashville.
In case the students ask, the toy store photographed on page 81 is the Phillips Toy Mart in Nashville, which may be the largest privately owned toy store left in the state.
Chapter 17 Local Community, World Economy
Click on these two photos for larger versions of the very interesting photographs on pages 86 and 87.