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4th grade student , were in SOTW final book and I'm apprehensive about the intensity of the stories, WWI and II and Nazis - although we covered civil war very well and resurgence of nazis in American news has to be confronted


I guess I just miss the initial volumes where the conflicts were more abstract because they took place so long ago. I'm hoping someone can tell me that this was a great year for them and what their highlights were...

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Why not take a break from SOTW and make your Modern History for 4th grade all about the more exciting and interesting events and people of the past 150 years:


- inventions

- discoveries

- medical break-throughs

- scientists

- explorers

- technology advancements

- art/music movements and

- biographies of famous 20th century history people


Alas, no matter what I do for searching today, I can't seem to find and pull up some of the great past threads with specific book titles and biographies for doing a "cheerier" modern history. These were the only ones that came up in my search:

- "The sunnier side of Modern History"

- "Movies to supplement Sonlight's Core D"


And book and movie ideas from Guest Hollow:




History Timeline: 20th Century (with ideas of lighter topics/events -- here are some highlights:

1901 - First Nobel Prizes Awarded
1901 - First Trans-Atlantic Radio Signal
1903 - First Flight at Kitty Hawk
1903 - First World Series
1904 - Trans-Siberian Railway Completed
1905 - Einstein Proposes His Theory of Relativity
1906 - San Francisco Earthquake
1907 - Picasso Introduces Cubism
1909 - Plastic Is Invented
1909 - Robert Peary Becomes the First to Reach the North Pole

1911 - Ernest Rutherford Discovers the Structure of an Atom
1911 - The Incan City of Machu Picchu Discovered
1911 - Roald Amundsen Reaches the South Pole
1912 - The Titanic Sinks
1913 - Henry Ford Creates Assembly Line
1914 - Panama Canal Officially Opened

1920 - First Commercial Radio Broadcast Aired
1922 - Insulin Discovered
1922 - Tomb of King Tut Discovered
1924 - First Olympic Winter Games
1927 - Babe Ruth Makes Home-Run Record
1927 - The First Talking Movie, The Jazz Singer
1927 - Lindbergh Flies Solo Across the Atlantic
1928 - Penicillin Discovered

1930 - Planet Pluto Discovered (lol -- and demoted to planetoid in 2006)
1931 - Empire State Building Completed
1932 - Amelia Earhart First Woman to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic
1936 - Hoover Dam Completed
1937 - Golden Gate Bridge Opened
1939 - Helicopter Invented

1940 - Stone Age Cave Paintings Found in France
1941 - Mount Rushmore Completed
1945 - First Computer Built
1947 - Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier
1947 - Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered
1947 - Polaroid Cameras Invented
1949 - First Non-Stop Flight Around the World

1950 - First Organ Transplant
1951 - Color TV Introduced
1952 - Polio Vaccine Created
1953 - DNA Discovered
1953 - Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest
1954 - Roger Bannister Breaks the Four-Minute Mile
1957 - Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age

1960 - Lasers Invented
1961 - Soviets Launch First Man in Space
1965 - Japan's Bullet Train Opens
1967 - First Heart Transplant
1969 - Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man on the Moon

1970 - Aswan High Dam Completed
1972 - Mark Spitz Wins Seven Gold Medals
1973 - Sears Tower Built
1976 - Nadia Comaneci Given Seven Perfect Tens
1979 - Mother Theresa Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1980 - Mount St. Helens Erupts
1980 - Rubik's Cube Becomes Popular
1981 - Personal Computers (PC) Introduced by IBM
1983 - Sally Ride Becomes the First American Woman in Space
1985 - Wreck of the Titanic Found

1990 - Hubble Telescope Launched Into Space
1991 - Bronze Age Man Found Frozen in Glacier
1994 - Channel Tunnel Opens, Connecting Britain and France
1997 - Pathfinder Sends Back Images of Mars
1997 - Tallest Buildings in the World Built in Kuala Lumpur
1999 - The Euro the New European Currency
1999 - Fear of Y2K Bug



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Tried one last search, coming at it from an oblique angle, and managed to come up with these additional past threads with ideas for Modern History for younger elementary ages:


General info

Modern history in 4th grade?

What to do with a third grader when the rest of the kiddos are on 1850-Modern cycle?

If you use SOTW 4, what do you use with your younger kids?

SOTW 4 alternatives?

Story of the World for Youngers



Videos/DVDs/Movies for Early Modern Times - age appropriate for a 7-year-old, please

Library Video Company: Schlessinger Media: History videos -- check for these at your library


Books (Fiction/Non-Fiction)

SOTW 4 - best literature picks

A Book in Time -- chronological list of books to go with history periods; by general age ranges

Home's Cool: Sonlight Books in WTM Order -- check out the list of titles in the Grammar stage for Modern

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For the record I delayed the modern era for my sensitive don and do not regret it

I appreciated the preceding post that addressed the goodness of this era. I mysel am alive because if the goodness of this era. Delaying teaching about evil and darkness for Rhys she group is appropriate.

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I have a 1st grader, 4th grader, 7th grader doing modern history this year.  We are not going to skip over the harshness of modern history.  DH is a WWII enthusiast .  They have been hearing about that since birth. :)  We will have some deep discussions.  But,  when we get to 1900, we will study a decade a week.  We will study the inventions, science progress, music, fashion trends, fads, toys, etc.  It will be fun.  I will use these websites:  http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/index.html      and     http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/


And this book: https://www.amazon.com/Century-Food-Americas-Fads-Favorites/dp/B0003P4XWI




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We're going to go use SOTW but add inventions, family history, etc. (Fortunately, my great-grandmother wrote about her everyday life in the early 20th century, and my grandmother gave me a copy.)


Here are some timeline cards. On the version for us, I made ones for when DH and I got married, when our house was built, when DS was born, etc.

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It's amazing to me how spotty MY modern history is. I'm reading my public schooled 8 th grader SOTW and I'm learning things for the first time, getting the seeds of some of our current conflicts and issues. So glad that SWB wrote these books. Thanks again for the help with the time lines and links. Getting a handle on this year

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