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Adventure stories to get excited about learning –
Choosing books and stories that have an adventure theme can make learning fun. Let’s face it – unless you have the attention of your students, they aren’t really learning. Information will only sink in and be absorbed when the subject matter is of interest to the ones who are supposed to learn it.
In our homeschool family of three boys, I’ve found that using living books vs. text books can be extremely effective. Furthermore, using historical fiction to enjoy a story of adventure – with plenty of facts and historically correct information woven right into the fabric of the stories – helps my boys remember the important details about any era or event.
We read true stories as well as fictional ones, but the important thing is for the characters and the topic to be ones that work around an exciting event or person. I read out loud, use audio books, and have the boys take turns reading out loud to each other in order to make the most of our reading time.
They get much more than reading practice as family reading time leads to deep discussions about history, science and our views of the world. The boys learn about character traits, both good and bad, from characters we read about. Opening books together to enjoy adventure stories has made a wonderful difference & is one of our favorite things about homeschool.
The Captain’s Dog
Take off on an exciting adventure as you follow the story along with Seaman the dog and Captain Meriwether Lewis. Seaman finds himself on a path that will make history. Lewis is setting off on his landmark search for the Northwest Passage, and he takes Seaman along.
Paddle to the Sea
A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle’s journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region. Audio version available –
Heart and Head
On becoming a Knight . . . Illustrated and replete with accurate historical detail, the book includes a reading guide to the Middle Ages for parents, teachers and readers. The guide includes a dictionary of unfamiliar words and their meanings and a brief overview of the Middle Ages. Other books by Fleury Sommers have received rave reviews from readers. Suitable for ages nine and up, “Heart and Head” is also appropriate for parents to read to younger children.
A riveting tale of intrigue, spies, counterspies and secret agents, George Washington, Spymasteris a unique and entertaining account of one of the most important chapters in our nation’s history.
Joseph Bruchac brings the Navajo Code Talker’s stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.
The Adventures of Munford
In this adventure, Munford finds himself slap into the middle of the Klondike Gold Rush. He catches gold fever on this dangerous, yet thrilling, adventures. Meet some of the Gold Rush’s most famous characters, like gold baron Alex McDonald or the tricky villain named Soapy Smith. Take a ride on the Whitehorse Rapids, and help Munford as he pans for gold. This is an adventure you won’t soon forget!
Harriet Tubman – Underground Railroad
This inspiring biography of Harriet Tubman tells how she helped free over 300 slaves as a “conductor” for the Underground Railroad and how she became a nurse, a scout and spy for the Union Forces during the Civil War.
Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them–straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.
“The lion’s jaws gripped David Livingstone’s arm. Razor-sharp teeth pierced his flesh as the lion savagely shook David in the air like a rag doll. A gunshot rang out. ‘God help us,’ David moaned, as the lion dropped him and turned to charge David’s friend Mebalwe.”
With the heart of an explorer and the passion of an evangelist, David Livingstone mapped vast, unexplored areas of Africa, sharing the gospel with whomever he encountered. His stamina, perseverance, and dogged determination created the legacy of a trailblazing explorer with an undying hunger to make Christ known wherever his steps led him.
Rush Revere & the First Patriots
Jump into the bustling streets of Boston in 1765, where talk of revolution is growing louder. I said LOUDER. You’ll have to SHOUT to be heard over the angry cries of “Down with the king!” and “Repeal the Stamp Act!” that fill the air. You’ll meet fierce supporters of liberty like Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and my idol, Paul Revere, as they fearlessly defy British rule. It’s an exciting, dangerous, turbulent, thrilling time to be an American…and exceptional young patriots like you won’t want to miss a minute. Let’s ride!
FREE Book Review Printable:
Use this free printable book review sheet to have students list the important information from the books they read. Sketch pictures from the story – List major plot points for the beginning, middle, and ending – Summarize the story and choose how many stars to rate the book.
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