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:
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!
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