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Learn About Uncle Sam and You

How It Works

All of the instructions for how to use the course are included in Uncle Sam and You Part 1 and Part 2 so you do not need a separate Teacher's Manual. The daily instructions are very easy to follow. Most students will be able to follow the instructions on their own. At the beginning of each weekly unit, an introductory page gives a list of the lessons and a list of what additional books the student will be using while studying that particular unit. While this course is designed for children in grades 5-8, younger children can listen to the lessons and participate in the family activities.

Your child can read the daily lessons on his own or you can read the lessons aloud. The full-color pages are richly illustrated with both modern and historical photographs and illustrations. At the end of each regular (non-holiday) lesson is a list of several supplemental activities. Students are not necessarily expected to complete all of these activities. You may choose which activities you wish to assign. Depending on how many activities you assign, most students will need 45-90 minutes to complete one lesson. The types of activities vary from day to day. They include:

  • Thinking Biblically assignments
  • Creative writing assignments
  • Vocabulary assignments
  • Short research assignments to look something up or ask a family member
  • Assignments to draw a picture or take a photograph
  • Reading assignments from The Citizen’s Handbook or a literature title
  • Assignments in the Student Workbook or Lesson Review

One special family activity is assigned each week that corresponds with the holiday lesson you choose. These activities include craft and art projects, themed meals, and other multi-age activities. Your student may need extra time for Uncle Sam and You on the day you do the family activity.

For more information, read the Introduction to the Curriculum from the book or watch the following video in which author Charlene Notgrass gives a quick overview of the course.


Author Charlene Notgrass Explains Uncle Sam and You. Click here for our other civics videos.

What the Lessons Cover

Uncle Sam and You Part 1 and Part 2 each contain fifteen units for a total of thirty units. Your child can study Part 1 during the first half of the school year and Part 2 during the second half. Each unit has four lessons. At the back of each book are fifteen lessons on America’s patriotic holidays. You may do one of these lessons as the fifth lesson each week. You might enjoy using these lessons and the corresponding activities on a family night so that Dad can join in.

An important part of civics is celebrating holidays with family, friends, and communities. Since families who homeschool can schedule their school year in many different ways, we designed Uncle Sam and You so that you can choose when to study the various holidays. If you start the curriculum in January, you don’t want to study Thanksgiving in April! We arranged the holidays in chronological order from Independence Day to Inauguration Day in Part 1 and from Martin Luther King Day to Father’s Day in Part 2. Each holiday lesson has a corresponding family activity.

View the Table of Contents.

The Books Used

The Uncle Sam and You Curriculum Package includes the first four books listed below. You may also purchase the optional, consumable Student Workbook or Lesson Review; and any of the recommended literature.

Uncle Sam and You Part 1

This book has 75 lessons that introduce the American system of government and focus on elections, the presidency, and Congress. Hardcover. Color and black and white illustrations. 523 pages. View a Sample Unit

Uncle Sam and You Part 2

This book has 75 lessons that cover the military and emergency workers, state and local government, the judicial system, and government involvement in transportation, tourism, and more. It also includes an index to the curriculum. Hardcover. Color and black and white illustrations. 528 pages. View a Sample Unit

The Citizen's Handbook

This is a collection of primary sources related to American government, politics, and civics, such as letters, memoirs, speeches, articles, songs, and poems. The book also includes Virtue Stories about how Americans have served and sacrificed for the benefit of others. Hardcover. Color and black and white illustrations. 183 pages. View Sample Readings

Uncle Sam and You Answer Key

Includes answers for the end-of-lesson assignments, Student Workbook, and Lesson Review. Saddle-stitched. 44 pages. View the Answer Key

In addition to these core books, we offer two optional books to help measure your student's understanding of the material. Most parents choose one or the other for each child, though you can use both for one student if you wish.

Student Workbook

A book of crosswords, find-a-words, matching, drawing assignments, and other handwork activities which review and reinforce information learned in the daily lessons. This book is designed for students in 5th and 6th grades, but it is suitable for older students who enjoy these kinds of activities. Plastic coil. Consumable. 150 pages. View Sample Activities and Tests

Lesson Review

A book of daily lesson review questions, literature review questions, and weekly quizzes. This book is designed to help parents measure their student's comprehension of the material. This book is designed for students in 7th and 8th grades, but it is suitable for younger children who prefer this kind of review. Plastic coil. Consumable. 94 pages. View Sample Review Questions and Tests

The Literature

Uncle Sam and You Literature PackageEight works of literature are assigned in the Uncle Sam and You curriculum to give your student a richer perspective on the various topics studied. The student is usually given two weeks to read each book, with 1-3 chapters assigned each day. The first three books go with Part 1, and the next five books go with Part 2.

  • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Units 5-6)
  • A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young (Units 10-11)
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (Units 12-14)
  • Basher Five-Two by Scott O'Grady (Units 16-17)
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (Units 18-19)
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Units 22-24)
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (Units 25-26)
  • Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler (Units 29-30)

What Parents Are Saying

Favorite School Book

"Uncle Sam and You is by far my 13-year-old son's favorite school book!" (Jill R., Alabama)

Independence and Diligence

"My 11-year-old has thoroughly enjoyed the Uncle Sam lessons, and I have enjoyed her independence and diligence in completing assignments." (Linda R., Indiana)

Renewed Interest in Learning

"My son and I are both learning so much! This is written in such a way so that all the pieces make sense, and now it has given me a renewed interest in learning about our great country. As a parent, it has helped me in being able to teach him better. Love the colored pictures too!" (Maria H., Tennessee)

Bringing It to Life

"I love that you give so many options to do with each lesson and unit and that we can pick and choose what we’d like to do. I love the way the lessons are written and organized, and I love the pictures that are in each lesson bringing it to life." (Brandy M., Georgia)

Holiday Activities

"The rich materials are fascinating and by all means allow us to study history and not feel like it's dry and boring. I look forward to starting the family activities and the holiday activities." (Jessica N., Washington)

He Just Keeps Saying Awesome!

"We are 'officially' scheduled to start our new school year August 12, but my son has already been reading through the Uncle Sam and You books. He just keeps saying awesome!" (Tammy F., Missouri)

About the Authors

Ray and Charlene NotgrassRay and Charlene Notgrass are veteran homeschooling parents. They met in the political science department at Middle Tennessee State University and were married in 1974. They began writing homeschool curriculum in 1999. Exploring America and Exploring Government by Ray and America the Beautiful by Charlene are some of their popular titles. Ray and Charlene enjoy classic literature, traveling together, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.


Mary Evelyn McCurdy and Bethany PooreMary Evelyn McCurdy and Bethany Poore were homeschooled by their parents, Ray and Charlene Notgrass. Mary Evelyn enjoys traveling, sewing, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and their children. Bethany enjoys being in the kitchen, delving into history and literature, and spending time with family and friends. She is blessed to be a wife and mommy.

Products

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Uncle Sam and You Curriculum Package

Uncle Sam and You is a one-year civics and government course for students in grades 5-8. Daily lessons teach your child about the foundations of American government, the elections process, and how Federal, state, and local governments work. The Curriculum Package includes Uncle Sam and You Part 1, Uncle Sam and You Part 2, The Citizen's Handbook, and the Uncle Sam and You Answer Key. Ages 10-14.
Price $89.95
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Uncle Sam and You Student Workbook

A book of crosswords, find-a-words, matching, drawing assignments, and other handwork activities which review and reinforce information learned in the daily lessons. It also has weekly tests. This book is designed for students in 5th and 6th grades, but it is suitable for older children who enjoy these kinds of activities. Plastic coil. Consumable. 150 pages. View Sample Activities and Tests
Price $11.95
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Uncle Sam and You Lesson Review

A book of daily lesson review questions, literature review questions, and weekly tests. This book is designed to help parents measure their student's comprehension of the material. This book is designed for students in 7th and 8th grades, but it is suitable for younger children who prefer this kind of review. Plastic coil. Consumable. 94 pages. View Sample Review Questions and Tests
Price $9.95
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Uncle Sam and You Literature Package

These eight books are assigned in the Uncle Sam and You curriculum to give your child a richer perspective on the various topics studied.
Price $54.95
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