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American history with a Minecraft twist
Celebration Education did this theme in 2013-2014 and 2021-2022.
Children love Minecraft. Through this theme,
they will learn to love America just as much!
Playing Minecraft is not required to participate in this theme.
Possible Weekly Topics
And Proposed Activities
Opening Celebration: Explorers and Mayflower Crossing
Component I – Colonial America
Building a Colony
Log houses, 13 original colonies, Mayflower Compact, surviving, Roanoke
Natural dyes, Colonial timeline, petroglyphs, Native American games, trading, Native American food
Colonial craft, smallpox inoculation, Colonial schools, Colonial games, Colonial food storage, hopscotch
Spin wool, Colonial chores, square foot gardening, Colonial poetry, wells, pumpkins, Farm Families game
Silversmithing, pieces of eight, shop signs, Colonial money, Poor Richard's Almanac, wheat grinding, supply and demand, wheelbarrow races
Printmaking, armonica, simple machines, logic problems, patents, fire brigade game
Component II – Revolutionary Era
Celebration: Revolutionary War Reenactment
Boston Tea Party, paying taxes, Sons of Liberty, Sugar Act, Colonial treats, tax game
Secret messages, Betsy Ross Flag, women in the Revolutionary War, Revolutionary music, Revolutionary War vocabulary, Revolutionary War food, Revolutionary games
Declaration of Independence
Fireworks craft, liberty, grievances, estimating, Preamble, pen and ink, Colonial bells, Duck, duck, goose
Gilded walnuts, kinds of government, presidential responsibilities, checks and balances, Preamble, ex post facto, debate, quoits game
The Bill of Rights
Star garland, amendments, freedom of religion, math game, right to petition, eminent domain, mock trial, search and seizure
Pommander craft, symbols of America, how a bill becomes a law, eagle populations, poetry, string popcorn and cranberries
Holiday Celebration: Colonial Christmas
Component III – US Timeline
Campaign buttons, architectural styles, coin flipping, Book of Etiquette, parliamentary procedure
Paint with soil, vote for sheriff, budgeting for trekking, Lewis and Clarke, Oregon Trail, Pony Express
Checkerboards, soldiers' items, fourscore, Gettysburg Address, Capture the Flag
Upcycling, industrialized food, recipes, 1000 words, assembly line, Model T Ford race
Trench art, WWII newspaper, Axis vs. Allies, wartime food, V-mail, moon phases, radio show, Civil War tag
Art and Science in America
Mount Rushmore, presidential timeline, Mars Rover, ages of presidents, art critic, art museum scavenger hunt, rockets, relay race
Celebration: All President's Day
Component IV - 50 States
State trees, elements, liberty, apples, minerals, Northeast food, Little League
Paddle boats, coal garden, crossing the Missippi, poetry, Music City, cake run
cork husk dolls, caves, 3D math, Windy City, rock types, corn products,
buzzer craft, tornadoes, Mount Rushmore, body language, aquifers, homesteading, Keepers of the Fire game
Potato craft, rail workers, measuring horses, stories, genetics, rodeo,
Totem poles, flower dissection, apple fractions, movies, temperate rainforests, tropical fruits
Celebration: American Road Trip
Component V - California Dreamin'
Poppies, leaf transpiration, blue whale, superlatives, tree height, nature scavenger hunt
Pinch pots, hunter/gatherers, Native American games, legends, comparisons, rhythm game
Adobe bricks, mission model, a day in the life of mission living
Prospector craft, gold rush game, flow chart, pan for gold, gold rush race
Golden Age of California
photo props, DNA model, minorities in California, movie vocabulary, red carpet, spacesuit
Closing Celebration: America the Beautiful