This is the first of our series called Modern American History by the decade. I love the idea of dividing American History up into decades for our children to better grasp the whole of the nation’s history. These resources to teach kids about the 1900s are where we will start our journey into modern American History by the decade.
The turn of the 20th century was an interesting period. It was an exciting time that began with planes, televisions, and even computers. Can you imagine where we would be today without some of these?
I feel as if it was a turn in our American history that birthed the information age and the inventions that helped shape where we are today. How would we travel as fast as we today? How would we get the instant information that we do now if not for the innovative minds that invented the first computer?
The 1900s as a whole wasn’t only of innovative adventures but also wars, end of wars, revolutionary movements, social equality, and space exploration.
The first decade (1900 – 1909) kick-started extraordinary scientific and techie evolutions that we can’t ignore. The very first flight took place by the Wrights Brothers, Henry Ford developed the very first Model-T vehicle.
Albert Einstein birthed the Theory of Relativity, in 1905.
The first decade of the 1900s experience hardships like the Boxer Rebellion and the San Francisco Earthquake. It also experienced exciting happenings like the silent movie industry, and the invention of something just about all of us have had at one point in our lives – the teddy bear.
I have gathered some resources to Teach Kids About the 1900s on the first day that started the century:
Resources all about the first decade of the 1900s.
1900 FREE Printable Timeline Cards | Instant Display
1900-1909 Research Questions for 20th Century American History | Mister Mitchell’s Education Resources
1900’s Turn of the Century~Unit Study | Fields of Daisies
Year specific history resources
The 1900 Galveston Storm | 1900Storm.com
The Great Storm of 1900 | Amped Up Learning
The New York City Subway System (Began 1900)| Education World
William McKinley Presidential Term ends 1901 FREE Printable | Raising Our Kids
Year In Review: 1901 American League | Baseball-Almanac
1902 Cuba Gains Independence from American | Britannica
The First Great American Road Trip 1903 | History.com
The 1st teddy bear was introduced in America in 1903.
1904 Theodore Roosevelt Activities and Assessment | Frogs Fairies and Lesson Plans
The Wright Brothers Unit Studies and FREE Printables (1st Flight in 1905)
Immigration Primary Source Worksheet: Immigrating to America, 1905 | History Wizard
1905 Las Vegas, Nevada was formed (Craft Ideas for Kids) | 3 Boys and a Dog
Albert Einstein FREE Printables (1905 Theory of Relativity)| ThoughtCo.
History of Las Vegas facts for kids | Kids.Kiddle
(Morse Code was adopted as the national Morse code distress signal or SOS.)
7 Secret Spy Codes for Kids with FREE Printable List | Learn in Color
Morse Code FREE Printable Alphabet | Education.com
On January 23, 1907, the first Native American Senator, Charles Curtis, from Kansas, was elected to office. He became the first Native American and first person of documented non-European heritage to serve in the vice-presidential seat of the United States.
Maria Montessori opened her first school in Rome in 1907. Check out Montessori Nature for some FREE Montessori inspired printables
The History of Child Labor 1908| HistoryPlace.com
1908 The very first New Year’s Ball dropped in New York City’s Times Square. That traditional still lives today to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.
New Year’s Word Search Printable | Crayons and Cravings
The very first Gideon Bible was put in a hotel room in 1908.
Year in Review Printable For Kids | Fun-Loving Families
This year, Henry Ford’s company builds its first Model T car.
President William Howard Taft elected 1908, Printable and Facts | Raising Our Kids
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1908.
FREE Black History Information | Five O’Clock Teach
Black History Comprehension Worksheets | Samson’s Shoppe
Spanish-American War Reading Passage with Response Questions (Ended in 1909) | Little History Monster
FREE Spanish-American War | Karin Turnmire
These books were written in this decade and all are worth reading!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (illustrated from 1900), 1st Edition: FIRST EDITION, ILLUSTRATEDRebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Classic Starts)NILS: The Wonderful Adventures of NILS and The Further Adventures of Nils Holgersson: Combined Unabridged Editions-Two Books in OneAnne of Green Gables: A Graphic NovelPeter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington GardensA Collection of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories
Don’t miss out on this new series to explore the 1900s with your children. One thing I do wish I would have done with my kids at an early age is to start teaching them about history in America. It’s never too late, I guess. We will travel on this journey together.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!