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An Ohio Chronicles TEXTBOOK!

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We've added another video--to our growing collection!  This one advertises our NEW--

Ohio Chronicles TEXTBOOK!


What? A textbook without a Teacher's Guide? NEVER!

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Last time I talked about our great new textbook.  Some of you seemed to have thought that we would publish a textbook without supporting the teachers that want to use it.  That has never been the case.  The Ohio Chronicles Textbook is a great resource and can certainly be used by educators in any way that they wished. However, we have also included a FANTASTIC Teacher's guide to go with it. 

I certainly understand all the work that teachers put into their classroom. Long hours grading papers, setting up bulletin bords and creating exciting lesson plans to reach those students who struggle to master all the things required of them during the school year are common to every teacher. That's why Ohio Chronicles wants to help.

This Teacher Guide has two-day lesson plans for each issue with suggested activities and pacing. Trust me when I say that there are far more activities than could be completed in two 40-minute sessions of Social Studies.  there is a reason for this--Ohio Chronicles wants to provide teachers with options!  The worksheets and assessments in the Teacher Guide are based around the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts (CCSS) and the Ohio Social Studies Standards for 4th grade (OSSS).  These materials are not just fluff--they are designed to improve students' abilities for that test in the spring. In addition, students will complete writing assignments that are not only fun and challenging, but allow the students to have a choice! The worksheets are generally brief (5 questions) and easy to grade thanks to the "TEACHER ANSWERS" page for each reproducible. And because teacher's sometimes need help to come up with interesting talking points for Open House, School Assemblies, and Parent/Teacher meetings, Ohio Chronicles has included "Big Projects" pages for each issue.  This allows students to work together in groups to create murals, plays, games and more that can be presented to the school.

All of this for an INCREDIBLY REASONABLE $5.  Combined with multiple copies of our textbook, you could create a work station or learning center for less than $30 (5 books and a Teacher Guide) that could be used all year long!

Our first Textbook!

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Now there has been little doubt that Ohio Chronicles would make a perfect addition to the classroom!  If you check out our documents section, you can see some of the examples of teacher materials we have created for just that purpose.  What makes our latest project special is that this collection of three stories is designed to be used in the classroom and priced for overworked, underpaid teachers!

The textbook is only $5.00 each and features THREE of our best stories--The Land Ordinance of 1785, The Battle of Fallen Timbers, and Battle of Fort Donelson. With 60 pages of story including historical fiction, informative non-fiction and primary source materials, this is perfect for the classroom. Students can learn quite a lot from the reading of the issue besides just places and dates.  The  illustrations present students with accurate interpretations of the tools, weapons, and clothing of the period.  the issues also present information in a way that is easy to understand and enjoyable to read.  Students will not only WANT to read about Ohio history, but will become ENGAGED in Ohio history.  They can discuss what they read, because the author presents BOTH SIDES to each conflict.  This allows students to figure out for themselves what they think is right or wrong.

The inexpensive price for 3 stories, in black and white with color covers,allows teachers to buy multiple copies for the classroom. This presents a perfect "learning center" in the classroom, and because it addresses topics that are discussed throughout the fourth grade surriculum, it can be used all year long. The primary sources provide students with lots of information. teachers can easily create activities that involve their students. Tthese materials will also be fantastic for differentiated learning. Students who struggle to understand a textbook will find these materials far easier and more enjoyable to use.

All in all, Ohio Chronicles is thrilled to present this first textbook. It is hoped that teachers, librarians, home schooling parents and administrators throughout Ohio will look at these materials to supplement the instructional materials already available to them.


Now THAT'S a Teacher's Edition!

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Our latest Teacher's Edition:  The Battle of Fallen Timbers, features six different games that can be played with students.  The games relate to the mini-comic (also included in the Teacher's Edition) and the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

  • Presidential Powers is a card game where players try to find and collect 5 presidential powers before their opponent.
  • Race to Fort Washington is a board game where students must answer questions using map scales in order to safely make it back to Fort Washington.
  • Ohio Indian Wars Timeline challenges players to gather the five events needed to complete their timeline before their opponents, but be careful--they could use a "TIME THIEF" card and steal one of your events!
  • Vocabulary Matching is the classic game of Concentration but with an educational twist--students must match vocabulary words and their definitions.
  • Fallen Timbers is a variation of the card game War, only this time all the cards are historical figures from the Ohio Indian Wars!
  • In Build Fort Defiance, players must remember key events from the mini-comic in order to gain the parts they need to build their fort--but watch out!--someone may throw a raiding party at you or worse yet, the dreaded THUMB SKIRMISH!

All in all there are over 110 pages in the Teacher's Edition, so you know that it's a bargain for the price. Six exciting classroom games, a mini-comic story to read and writing and coloring activities as well.  Who says school has to be boring?

Wizard Mid-Ohio Comicon!

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you in central Ohio this weekend, please drop by and see us at Mid-Ohio Comic Con!  We'll be on the main floor in booth 1116!  We hope to see all of our fans this weekend!  Our artist--Lee Smith--will be there signing issues and maybe even working on one of our future issues!  Drop by and get a peek at our upcoming topics!

The Land Ordinance of 1785 TEACHER'S EDITION!

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We've just gotten the Land Ordinance of 1785 TEACHER'S EDITION back from the printers!  It's everything an educator needs to teach about the Land Ordinance. 

You get:  Lesson plans, correlations to NEW Ohio Standards, worksheets, activities, games, assessments and (of course) a "copier friendly" edition of the comic book to share with your students!  Check it out in the PRODUCTS section.