American Revolution Unit

The American Revolution is such an exciting and inspiring time in our country’s amazing history!  As always, we learned so much through our literature-based, project-based unit study.

My children were in 5th and 2nd grades during this four+ week study.

American Revolution Resources

DK Eyewitness Books: American Revolution: Discover How a Few Patriots Battled a Mighty Empire from the Boston Massacre toRevolutionary War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and RecipesThe American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series)American Revolution (Hands-On History)Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series

 

Internet Scavenger Hunt

Living Literature

We read and listened to many, many books – picture books, chapter books and books on tape. Some of our favorites were:

If You Lived At The Time Of The American RevolutionThe Fourth of July StoryYankee DoodlePaul Revere's RideWhen Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young PatriotsThey Called Her Molly PitcherKatie's TrunkGeorge WashingtonBenjamin FranklinGeorge Washington's Socks (Time Travel Adventure)Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin As Written by His Good Mouse AmosThe Matchlock GunCarry On, Mr. BowditchSarah BishopJohnny Tremain

 

Below is a wonderful book my husband bought from the HSLDA table at our homeschool convention. I highly recommend it!

Why America is Free: A History of the Founding of the American Republic, 1750-1800

 

The America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty curriculum had many nice lessons for things such as the Declaration of Independence, George Washington, John Hancock, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I think you can order a FREE CD-ROM of the lessons by going to their site!

Final Projects

Mahayla’s final project had to include an Easy File Folder Reports biography of a notable figure from the war, some sort of presentation about a famous battle during the war, and a complete time line of important revolutionary dates.

Here’s what she came up with. 🙂

A file folder biography about Molly Pitcher.

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!
Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

An oral report about the Battles of Lexington and Concord, complete with maps and a model of the battle.

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!
Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!
Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

She even decided to make a little flip book of her battle.

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

And a time line three legal pages long!

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

Caleb’s assignment had to include a file folder biography and a presentation of a famous battle. Here’s what he came up with. 🙂

A file folder biography of George Washington.

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!
Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

And a reenactment of George Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River to battle the Hessian soldiers, complete with Daddy as Washington’s horse!

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!
Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

Here are two more pictures of the file folder biographies – the title page and a not-so-great close-up of the little clay figures they made.

Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!
Children will love this hands-on, literature-based, project-based free American Revolution unit study!

I promise, if you give your children a little guidance and a lot of freedom, you’ll be amazed at the results!

For Older Children:

A History of US: The New Nation: 1789-1850 A History of US Book Four (A History of US (4))American Heritage Series - Ten DVD Set

 

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8 Comments

  1. Cindy,
    I love your new look!
    And I can’t believe that you all just finished up an American Revolution unit. We’re doing a Colonial unit the whole month of Dec. and I was just now surfing around looking for good book lists and ideas when I decided to take a break and visit my fave blogs, and there was your post waiting for me! Thanks so much for sharing your kids’ hard work. Their projects turned out great!
    Blessings,
    Shannon

  2. The paper battle figures are so cute!
    My little son loves making paper soldiers.

  3. Tell the kids that their projects look awesome! Thanks for link as well!

  4. Wow! I was really impressed by all the cool stuff your kids did for their assignments.

    Riding Daddy as a horse while having a sword fight with sister must have made learning a lot more fun. 🙂

    I found your blog on The Mom Blogs directory and I’m glad I stopped by.

  5. Lots of great information and great inspiration. Thanks for sharing. I have “Why America is Free” on my Amazon wish list. Can’t wait to read it.

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