Week 1 Victorian Era
Queen Victoria biography
The changes in British underling the era
***watch DVD on queen Victoria focus on accomplishments and colonization
M: listen to disc 1 track 10
Houses / museum website
Activities for middle class
Explore bbc Victorians website
Fashion from homeschool in the woods
Food and games
Review conditions of the lower working class
Fill out worksheet from bbc on working class
DARWIN / Evolution
Geology Darwin bonus disc
Same problems different solutions
Powerpoint with images and quotes from individuals and their opinion of government involvement.
Introduce Charles spurgeon
disc 2 track 1 - 3
Civil War in the US (quick review)
Plan a tea party
When planning your tea some things to consider are:
Invitations ~ Hand written, computer generated, or a phone call. If hand written, use lovely stationery, do not abbreviate anything. A computer invitation can be very elaborate. A phone call should be your last choice, but as a follow up to a written invitation, a phone call is fine.
The theme of your tea ~ Some themes might be some occasion like a birthday, wedding or baby shower, a holiday, a mother and daughter occasion, to honor someone, a celebration of a season.
The decorations ~ A fall tea might be decorated with a bowl of fall leaves, pine cones, anything from your yard. Candles or lovely kerosene lamps can set the mood. Try them on mantles and side tables. Put them in front of mirrors for a great effect, or sit them on mirrors laid on the tables. Flowers are a must. The Victorians loved roses, but don't forget the great flowers found in Victorian gardens, pansy's, hollyhocks and snapdragons. Even wild daisies, queen annes lace, and clover blooms look lovely in an arrangement.
The "props"~ Are you going to ask your attendants to come dressed up in any way? You might provide big hats with yards of tulle for your guests to wear, easy enough with straw hats and tulle by the yard, or an assortment of gloves, or ask guests to wear a long skirt. Not enough teacups? Ask them to bring their favorite cup and saucer.
The Menu~ The most important part. Choose your menu from some of the recipes in "The Pantry" a collection of authentic vintage recipes and modern adaptations contributed by several Complete Victorian members.
Research a Victorian menu...
host a victorian tea party
MEANWHILE in the United States...
a peek at American History during this time <note: my students completed their American History Studies through this period last year> These activities will help the students recall events already studied in detail.
Choose to listen to at least one of the audios below. Draw and write about what you have just heard.
Audio Recordings of Stories and choose to complete an activity to complete:
Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America 1809-1865 (Civil War)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1840s (United States)
Literature, Art and Science
Here are some individuals that would make excellent research and reporting projects:
All the Victorian writers, poets, painters glorified English culture.
Audio Story: Christmas Carolas read by Jim Weiss A Christmas Carol & Other Favorites
(Dick Spindler's Family Christmas)
1850 (California Gold Rush)
Thackeray exposed the middle class hypocracy in his �Vanity Fair�. It was a great age for novels.
Women writers: the Bronte sisters, Mrs Gaskell flourished as never before.
Thomas Hardy and Henry James were Victorian novelists too.
Painters of the group called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood expressed the great Victorian nostalgia for the Middle Ages.
Victorian science was to become greatly influential on the developments in the Modern Time. Charles Darwin the founder of the modern theory of biological evolution shocked the world.
BBC History Overview of the Victorian Age: this source provides easy to read summarized information on the Victorian Age in Naval Supremacy, Politics, The Industrial Revolution and Ireland.
Young Queen Victoria: her young life
The Victorians: this source compares the conditions of the working class and the poor. A focus on technology, industry, transportation and popular culture.
After reading the articles take a moment to fill in this activity sheet
Try your hand at being a Victorian Millionaire interactive
This website /blog has a link to a variety of videos for this era. These need to be reviewed.
Queen Victoria Resources
MEANWHILE in the United States...
a peek at American History during this time
Audio Recordings of Stories
American Tall Tales
1800s (United States)Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America
1809-1865 (Civil War)Women in Blue or Gray
1850-1865 (Civil War)The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1840s (United States)
Exploring Darwin and Dinosaurs
A dinosaur-size Web site where you’ll discover a mountain of knowledge and amazing discoveries. How do dinosaurs fit into the Bible? You’ll find the answer to this and many more of your questions. Play games, browse and learn. Includes many helps for teachers and parents. “The world’s largest and most elaborate dinosaur site.”
Creation Super Library - lots of videos and articles to review.
Short show about Dinosaurs and Humans coexisting