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AMERICAN GIRLS CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS - Samantha, Rebecca, Kit, & Molly

Class
Kristi Rodenbeck
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(462)
In this one time course, you will learn about all of the different ways that the different American Girls celebrated the different winter holidays with respect to their historical time frame.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Students will learn different elements of American holiday traditions in different time periods of history using the American Girl "Surprise" books as a reference.
Hi there! 
My name is Mrs. Rodenbeck and I am a middle school history teacher! I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th, grade history for the past 5 years! Before that, I taught high school history. I absolutely LOVE learning about people from the past! I like understanding how people lived in different times in history. 

I studied anthropology in college. My goal as a kid was to be Indiana Jones! Archaeology and cultural anthropology are my favorite disciplines. I like to learn about what past peoples have built and how those things impact their culture. I’ve even done work for Chicago’s Field Museum since 2007. Now I work in the education department at the Field Museum with other teachers and bringing history topics into their classrooms. 

I love teaching about the American Girl books and their periods of time in history because I used to WORK at the American Girl store in Chicago. I worked there all throughout my college years. I loved American Girl when I was a kid and I loved it, even more, when I worked at the store in college! 

I hope that from this course, you can take some of my passion for history and for American Girl and get a little more excited about learning about other people. There are so many fun and exciting things to learn about! I can’t wait to share them with you! 
The holidays that are discussed in this class come from the books of Samantha, Rebecca, Kit, & Molly in the American Girl book series. Samantha (1904), Kit (1934), and Molly (1944) celebrate Christmas in different time periods of American history. Rebecca (1914) celebrates Hanukkah. This class teaches students how the characters in the book celebrated traditions in their respective holidays based on the historical events at the time. For example, during Molly's time period of 1944 on the American home front, I discuss how Christmas cookies were much more rare based on the rationing of sugar. This is not a course that focuses on the religious aspect of the holidays, but rather the secular traditions within the historical events of the time that the book was written. Examples can be found in the American Girl books. 
If questions arise about religion, students will be directed to discuss and create a conversation with their parent/guardian. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(462)
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Hi there! My name is Mrs. Rodenbeck and I am a middle school history teacher! I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th, grade history for the past 7 years! Before that, I taught high school history. I absolutely LOVE learning about people from the past! I... 
Group Class

$15

per class
Meets once
45 min

Completed by 37 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
1-10 learners per class

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