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Lyceum 2008 Summer Camp
Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp... Learn More About It!

Day 1: 1900s/Twentieth Century

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Read More About It!: Books to Read

Books to Read Aloud Together

Houston, Gloria and Lloyd Bloom. But No Candy. New York: Philomel Books, 1992.
Five-year old Lee looks forward to her special treat each day – a nickel’s worth of candy from her father’s general store if she’s good. But when America starts fighting in the war, Uncle Ted leaves to fight and the candy disappears from the shelves of her father’s store. This picture book shows the war through the eyes of a young child as she grows up in America during World War II. You can find it in the Alexandria and Fairfax County libraries.

Stevenson, James. Don’t You Know There’s a War On? New York: Greenwillow Books, 1992.
Author and illustrator James Stevenson recalls his childhood efforts to win the war by looking for spies, planting a victory garden, writing a newspaper, and collecting tinfoil. You can find it in the Arlington and Fairfax County libraries.

More Advanced Readers

Potts, Steve. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Photo-illustrated Biography. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 1996.
Photographs and text tell the story of the life of our 32nd president in this biography for elementary school-aged readers. You can find it in the Alexandria and Fairfax County libraries.

Sinnott, Susan. Doing Our Part: American Women on the Home Front During World
War II.
New York: Franklin Watts, 1991.
Highlights what life was like for American women at home and work during World War II through text and photographs. You can find it in the Alexandria and Fairfax County libraries.

Let’s Do It!: Kids Activities on the Web 

Poster Coloring Activity
Businesses and the United States government used posters during World War II to urge Americans to support the war effort in many different ways. Use this page from The National World War II Museum to learn about these posters, and click on the images to print out a .pdf version to color.

BBC – Children of World War 2 (1939-1945) 
Wartime for children in Britain was both similar and different than wartime for children in America. Follow Vera, a British girl, on a virtual tour of wartime home. Go shopping in 1943 with your ration book and see what you can buy. Read excerpts from letters and look at pictures. Contains a parents’ and teachers’ guide for more ideas and resources.

 Imperial War Museum Learning Resources 
Interactive games and online resources, including “What was life like in the Second World War?” which uses text and pictures to answer questions about life in Britain during World War II, including “What did they wear?” “What did they eat?” and “What was life like for children?” Be sure to check out the teacher resources linked to each topic.

National Archives – Pictures of World War II – The Home Front 
A selection of photographs and posters of America during World War II. Be sure to click on image #16 “Sugar Rationing” to see an example of lining up for rationed items. Image #17 shows a boy using his ration book to buy a can of vegetable juice.

Let’s See It!: Places to Visit to Learn More 

Victory Garden at the National Museum of American History, Washington, DC 
This outdoor exhibit will reopen in Spring 2009 when the National Museum of American History reopens.

 Day 2: 1800s/Nineteenth Century

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Read More About It!: Books to Read 

Books to Read Aloud Together 

Fleming, Candace and S. D. Schindler. A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999. The author’s version of the creation of a “Mammoth” cheddar cheese wheel (weighing 1,235 pounds!) by the citizens of Cheshire, Massachusetts and its journey as a gift to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. You can find it in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County libraries.

Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and E. B. Lewis. Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000. Author Fitzgerald imagines the story of her great-aunt Virgie’s seven-mile walk to her first day of school with her brothers. Virgie and her six brothers attended a Quaker school for former slaves in post-Civil War Jonesborough, Tennessee, and she bases this book upon stories told by her relatives and her own research. You can find it in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County libraries.

Pingry, Patricia and Meredith Johnson. The Story of Robert E. Lee. Nashville: Candy Cane Press, 2004. An easy-to-read board biography of one of Alexandria’s most famous citizens. You can find it in the Alexandria libraries.

Turner, Ann and Wendell Minor. Abe Lincoln Remembers. New York: Harper Collins, 2001.
This beautifully illustrated biography is written as if Abraham Lincoln is retelling his life to he reader, on the eve of his visit to see a play at Ford’s Theater at the close of the American Civil War. You can find it in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County libraries.

More Advanced Readers 

Avi and Don Bolognese. Abigail Takes the Wheel. New York: Harper Collins, 1999.
In easy-to-read chapters Avi tells the story of Abigail and her brother Tom who travel from New Jersey to school in New York each morning on their father’s boat the Neptune. When her father helps pilot a damaged ship, Abigail must pilot the Neptune safety into New York harbor. You can find it in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County libraries.

Broida, Marian. Projects About Plantation Life. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2004.
The background information in the text and projects highlight three plantation settings in three time periods: Virginia, 1770; South Carolina, 1850; and Mississippi, 1860. Nine projects total. Contains maps, glossary, and additional reading and website suggestions. You can find it in the Alexandria and Arlington County libraries.

Let’s See It!: Places to Visit to Learn More

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, VA 
This apothecary shop served citizens of Alexandria from 1792 until it closed its doors in 1933. Now operated as a museum by the City of Alexandria, it looks like it would have in the mid-nineteenth century.

Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Fredericksburg, VA 
Now that you’ve visited Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, visit a historic apothecary shop in another town. Visit the adjacent herb garden to learn about medicinal plants.

Day 3: 1700s/Eighteenth Century

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Read More About It!: Books to Read

Thomas, Peggy and Layne Johnson. Farmer George Plants a Nation. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2008.
Author Thomas focuses on George Washington’s work as a farmer and scientist at his Mount Vernon estate, and how those roles contributed to his leadership in helping to create an independent nation. You can find it in the Alexandria and Fairfax County libraries.

Van Leeuwen, Jean and Marco Ventura. The Amazing Air Balloon. New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2003.
Van Leeuwen imagines the story of a boy named Edward Warren, the first person to ride in a balloon in America, which Edward did in Baltimore, MD in the summer of 1784. You can find it in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County libraries.

Willoughby, Bebe and Bobbie Dacus. Saving Emma. Alexandria, VA: King Street Books, 2004.
Nathan’s baby sister Emma has a fever. He goes to Alexandria to find a doctor, but the doctor is out. So he visits Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop in Alexandria where Mr. Stabler makes some medicine for Emma. You can find it in The Lyceum Museum Shop.

More Advanced Readers 

Miller, Brandon Marie. George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2007.
The accompanying biographical text detailing George Washington’s life is written for middle and high school readers, but the 21 activities provide a range of creative projects adults can do with younger children. You can find it in the Arlington and Fairfax County libraries.

Let’s Do It!: Kids Activities on the Web

Kids Dig Reed: Reed Farmstead Archaeological Site 
This interactive website teaches children about archaeology by using the nineteenth century farm site. In Discovery Zone, children follow what archeologists working at the Reed Farmstead site would have done, and shows videos of archaeologists at work for each step. Other sections include “Games and Puzzles” and “Artifacts” where children can click on artifacts from the Reed Farmstead site to learn more about them.

Let’s See It!: Places to Visit to Learn More 

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Alexandria, VA 
Visit the museum, participate in family dig days.

The Lyceum:
Alexandria's History Museum
201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Fax: 703.838.4997

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
.Admission - $2.00

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