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Making a Valley Forge Mini-Booklet

I love learning about United States history, especially events that happened here in my home state of Pennsylvania.  I try to pass that love of history on to my fifth graders.  This Valley Forge lesson is one of my favorites because we get out of the textbook and dive in hands-on learning style.

Uusing our textbook isn’t always the best way to accomplish this, especially since the readability is at least an 8th grade level. (grrrr…..)  So, creativity is key!  My students love making anything interactive, including mini-booklets.  So, this week, as we were learning about the Revolutionary War, we put together a mini-book about Winter at Valley Forge (which is part of my Revolutionary War Resource Unit).  This Valley Forge lesson is always a hit and one the students don’t forget.

Here’s what we do:

First, we colored and cut out all the pages of the Valley Forge Mini Book.
Next, we placed a page on top of a paper bag and cut out a front and back cover about the same size. (It isn’t important for the cover to be perfect, since we wanted it to appear antique and aged.) Then, we crumpled the cover a bit and gathered some twine and a paper punch.
We punched the pages and covers and then tied them together with twine.


Here it is!  Our finished Valley Forge mini-book!


If you like the mini-booklet, you can find it HERE or you can have your students write their own and then follow the steps above.  Have fun!

Looking for more Engaging Ways to Teach Social Studies?

Check out these other blog posts for ideas on teaching social studies concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Shelly Rees

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  • The Whimsical Teacher March 30, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I really need this for next year! My students loved putting together your MLK timeline. Wishlisting!!!

  • Shelly Rees March 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks so much! 😀

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    I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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