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Social Studies

History Quest Middle Times 3: Conflict & Struggle (Full Curriculum Grades 4-6)

In this 9-week course that uses story-telling and hands-on activities, you'll travel back in time to find how what the world was like between ancient and modern times all over the world. May be taken as a stand-alone class.
Kim Musolff
192 total reviews for this teacher
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Upon completing this class, students will have an understanding of:
-how conflict leads to change
-How different cultures of the middle ages valued different things and held different beliefs
-Basic people, places, and customs of the middle ages
I am a Colorado-certified teacher with over 20 years experience teaching children in grades K-8.  I have taught social studies in many different settings, including public schools, private schools, and homeschool environments.  I have been teaching popular social studies classes on Outschool for almost 3 years.  As I teach I make every effort to respect everyone's opinions and teach students to look at history from multiple perspectives.  
Students are required to read one chapter each week from History Quest.  They may read the chapter independently, listen as an adult reads it aloud, or listen to the audio book, available here for $34:
Students will be required to keep a notebook for this class. This can be any 3-ring binder where they can add and remove pages as needed. Students will also need to purchase the History Quest chapter book and the History Quest Study Guide (see below). The study guide includes pages needed for notebooking throughout the entire year. Due to copyright laws, I am unable to provide copies to students. However, when you purchase the Study Guide, you can use it for all other classes in this series. STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED PART 1 OF THIS SERIES DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE THESE AGAIN. History Quest Study Guide, available in print or as a digital copy for about $46. Used for the entire year: History Quest Chapter Book, available in print ($35), digitally ($21) or as an audio book ($35). Used for the entire year: Audio Book: Print Book or ebook: Additionally, students will need supplies for hands-on projects. A detailed list of supplies will be provided upon enrollment. Most of the supplies needed are common things you will find around your home. These include things like, paper, colored pencils, tape, flour, mixing bowls, etc.
I am always assessing students informally during class and adjusting my teaching based on the needs of the class.  A written test, grade, or teacher evaluation will be provided at the parent's request.  
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
History has many circumstances where we can question the perspective of the events.  For example, one group of people “conquers” another group, or a group of people form a religion around a certain set of beliefs. I make every effort to include multiple perspectives or ask questions that encourage students to think about different viewpoints.  I explain to students often that there are multiple ways to construct history, because there are so many people involved in any one part of it.  That’s what makes it so interesting!  Students are always free to ask questions and state opinions in a respectable way.  If controversial topics arise, my practice is to point out that not everyone believes the same thing, and it’s our job to try to see things from everyone’s point of view if we are to create a fair picture of what happened in the past.  

Additionally, history is not always pretty.  Death, mistreatment, and other uncomfortable concepts may disturb sensitive students.  I will make every effort to give parents a heads-up to any sensitive topics like this, and welcome any parent to reach out with questions or concerns they may have about their student.  

The activities for weeks 4 & 8 involve making food.  Please be aware that if your student has any allergies you may skip the activity or substitute ingredients that are safe for your child.  Actual cooking should be done outside of class or under the supervision of a parent during class. 
History Quest curriculum
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
What Was the Plague
Gengis Khan, by Demi
Marco Polo, by Demi
Kubla Khan, by Kathleen Krull

Books used in this class
"History Quest: Middle Times" Chapter Book
-This book was written with the intention of offering an unbiased story-telling approach to history.  The author made a concerted effort to tell the story of history with multiple perspectives and include "forgotton folks--people who don't always make it into the history books but who have inspiring stories to tell nonetheless."  

“Knights of the Round Table” by Gwen Gross


Kim Musolff
Lives in the United States
MindSpark Learning Founder & Teacher
192 total reviews
144 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm a Colorado-certified elementary teacher and a veteran homeschool parent of 4 children.  For over 20 years, I've taught hundreds of children in grades PreK-8 in a variety of settings.  In 2016, I founded and ran a microschool for 3 years,... 
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