Kick off your homeschool year with a cool history unit study, and maybe even a family field trip! On September 1, 1752, the Liberty Bell completed its journey up the Delaware River and arrived in Philadelphia. Take the opportunity to incorporate a Liberty Bell unit study into your curriculum.
Tara Ross posts a variety of “This Day in History” study topics on her website. Check out her brief timeline of the bell’s usage here.
If you’re planning a trip to Philadelphia, Constitutional Walking Tours offers a variety of guided tours featuring over 20 historic sites, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
If a physical field trip doesn’t fit into your plans this fall, you can download a virtual version of the Philadelphia walking tour (requires completion of a request form). The Powerpoint presentation is also an excellent planning resource, whether you want a sneak peak before you take a guided tour or would like some ideas of must-see locations for your own self-guided field trip.
This blog post from Unschool Rules chronicles a family field trip to Philadelphia and includes a variety of resources they used in the planning and for further study.
A hands-on project can be an invaluable part of any history unit study, particularly for kinesthetic or tactile learners. This Liberty Bell art project allows for a lot of creative influence and experimentation with different mediums and art styles. It’s a great project for a group of students of different ages to all participate in together, or as a simple way to keep little hands busy while being read to or while older students work independently.
This kid-friendly historical fiction account of the Liberty Bell’s precarious position during the Revolutionary War is surprisingly accurate and well-researched, as well as engaging for younger students:
Saving the Liberty Bell by Megan McDonald