American Revolution Lapbook (and Notebooking Pages)

February 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm 12 comments

(Find the Downloads on the Free Stuff page)

We took three weeks on this lapbook and worked on notebooking pages at the same time. This was a biggie more than 30 pieces. I was inspired to make it after reading the book, Johnny Tremain, over the summer. It’s been sitting around waiting for us to get to it.

The book is about the events leading up to the war and ends with “the shot heard round the world.” I was fascinated (and concerned) by the similarities to today. I prepared several Bible pieces for this one to encourage discussion from a biblical point of view. The topics are: pride, fear, “Whom Shall We Obey” and “God’s Way”.

We Americans are ingrained with the value of independence from the moment we’re born. As someone who’s lived outside of America for the last 8 years, I have the benefit of realizing how culture affects our beliefs. I hope you and your family will read the Scriptures and talk about these things. It’s provided some great dinner-time conversation around here. You can see more about the Bible portion below. I’ve also included a link to just the Bible  portion if you aren’t using this lapbook but would like to include Bible study into your study of the Revolution.

Okay, here we go. This is a double lapbook. I attached the side flaps of two “file folders” together (we don’t use actual file folders just big paper). That all fold together so that it opens like a book. Then I taped on a half of a “file folder” to the back making another page. I stapled our notebooking pages onto that flap.

Here are the pictures.

First flap: Bullets, Gunpowder, Cartridges; Revolutionary Leaders; British Generals; George Washington; the British viewpoint

Inside first lapbook page: vocabulary, timeline, book about various punishments (stocks, firing squad, etc.), Declaration of Independence, Liberty Quotes (For some reason John Adams’ quote doesn’t show up, and I can’t seem to be able to do anything about it–you can put in your own. It includes two Bible verses and quotes from several Revolutionary leaders). The government piece doesn’t require any writing. It has a written description of Congress and Parliament inside. Also there is a piece for the definitions of tyranny and liberty, for the first  flag and to write about today’s tea parties.

I put an article in there about the tea party movement. I consider myself apolitical. I think salvation comes through Christ alone and not through any political party. But like I said, there are similarities to what was going on before the American Revolution, and I find it intriguing to think about. When we are kids, we think the war was about liberty and taxation without representation. When we get older, we realize that it was mostly about money (like just about everything).

Here are more pictures from that same page in the lapbook.

The directions for the PRIDE piece actually say to cut out the ovals and staple them (or use a brad). My daughter didn’t bother with the directions and made an accordion piece, problem is that it doesn’t quite close right that way 🙂

The Bible pieces have a “For Thinking Over” section. They are basically all done the same way, just in different forms. You copy the verses from your version of choice and discuss or write about the questions.

The PRIDE piece is a theme from Johnny Tremain. He is proud of his work as a silversmith and looses use of his hand seemingly as punishment for his pride. The book also mentions the pride of the British. The piece poses the question for the brave of heart what is modern America proud of and have there been consequences to that pride.

The FEAR piece is about how the British and the rebels used fear to try to control people and how we are told to fear God alone and how fear affects who we obey.

The “Whom Shall We Obey” piece has two verses. One saying we are to obey are government and one is Peter saying should we obey God or man. The questions are about when we are to obey the government and when are we to disobey. The other questions apply these standards to the Revolution and the Separatist Pilgrims.

The “God’s Way” piece has several themes. What is God’s form of government? (Is Jesus returning to establish a democracy?) What is God’s way of delivering from tyranny?

If your family gets into this theme, you might want to read The Bronze Bow. It’s not American history, but it’s a story of the Jews thinking the Messiah was going to come and deliver them from their oppressive government. In the end the main character realizes Jesus gives a greater deliverance.

Here’s the link to download just these four Bible pieces. (If you download the whole thing, they are included.)  Bible pieces

Okay, back the American Revolution.

Here is inside the second section of the lapbook. I made a correction on the questions below the map. If you already downloaded it, it can be used as is, but if you like here is the correct question (Charlestown to Concord). Map piece fix This has been fixed in the file if you download the whole thing.

Throughout the lapbook there is a mixture of blank pieces that require the student to write sentences, pieces that require one word answers, and some that require no writing. I do this so that different students of different levels can work together on a lapbook and each contribute according to their ability. It also can be useful for getting more pieces done in one day if you assign ones that don’t require writing along with ones that require more writing.

I thought this was interesting. I found two pictures of the Boston Tea Party that were very different from each other. Answering the questions inside will tell the student which painting is more accurate.

For more on the battles of the war use the notebooking pages.

Almost there…here’s the back of the second lapbook and the extra page flap I taped on.

I have the notebooking pages my daughter completed stapled above so you can only see one. Here are some more of them. I think there are about 30 of them. Sorry, they aren’t done creatively. They are all  in the same basic format.

This week my daughter is working on a newspaper about the Revolution. I’ll post about how we’re doing that next week when she finishes.

As with the lapbook and unit study materials I found a mistake among the notebooking pages as well. If you already downloaded this and want a page that says, “David Bushnell’s Submarine” instead of “David’s…” you can download just that one page here. Submarine fix The typo has been fixed in the file for anyone downloading now.

So that’s that. You can download the whole kit and caboodle by clicking on the Free Stuff! button at the top.


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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gena  |  February 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful materials! We’re finishing up Colonial Times this week, and I was about to search for some American Revolution lapbooking and notebooking stuff. You were just in time!

  • 3. Nadene  |  February 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    These are beautiful! I’m off to download mine too!

    • 4. The King Will Make a Way  |  February 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

      I recognize your picture! I’ve downloaded some of your things too 🙂 In fact, your link made it onto the sidebar. 🙂

  • 5. Neeta  |  February 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks! Beautiful materials. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless and keep you!

  • 6. Nadene  |  May 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks so much for this amazing download! At last I can share how we enjoyed your wonderful lapbook! We took a week covering the wealth of minibooks and activities and my children loved it.
    I posted some photos on a post at Practical Pages.

  • 7. Wanda  |  October 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    You are so gracious to devote so much time not only to compiling this lapbook but for making it available to others. In today’s economy, I feel it is so hard for homeschooling families financially since they not only continue to pay school taxes but curriculum cost as well. Thank for the blessing!

    • 8. The King Will Make a Way  |  October 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      I am happy to share. I make materials because I don’t buy curriculum. If I can’t find what I want for free, I create it. I am glad it is a blessing to you.

  • 9. lisa mutart  |  November 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for all your hard work! This lapbook was a blessing to our family!

  • 10. redeemingcarolyne  |  April 30, 2014 at 2:46 am

    This is awesome! My second child I am using this for….THANK YOU so very much for all your hard work!!!!!!

  • 11. marguerite  |  March 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    This is awesome!!!
    It will be of much help!
    Bless you and all your hard work, thanks for sharing

  • 12. mykittensteeler  |  April 19, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Thank you so much! I adore this lapbook. It has been so much fun to make. Your hard work has formed into my hard work as well. Thank you again!


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