Friday, June 17, 2011

A Summary and Review (1900-2009) Project Pack (Modern American History) Lapbook Review!

Modern American History Lapbook
Modern American
One of the  aspects of homeschooling I love is the hands-on learning projects incorporated into our days.  So much more meaningful than a worksheet, lapbooking offers a creative way to retain information while having fun!

The basic idea behind lapbooking is taking 'apart' a subject and doing creative paper cut-outs on which your student writes the information they've learned about a particular question.  Once various cut-outs are completed, they are mounted on folded file-folders to be kept for a fun reminder of that topic and/or review.

We started using lapbooks 4 years ago.  Our favorite company hands down is In the Hands of a Child .  Started in 2002 by 2 homeschooling Moms, they really understand the needs of home educators.  HOAC offers many genre selections from Pre-K through Highschool.  You name it, they've got it!  And, if they don't have it, they can create it!

Throughout the years we've done Curious George, Butterflies, Spiders, The Great Ice Age, American Girls, Pioneers and many more.  Fitting in perfectly with our 20th century studies this year, I am thrilled to be able to review A Summary and Review (1900-2009) Project Pack  .  (Modern American History)

After downloading the ebook and printing the activity pages on multi-colored paper, I set out to work to plan our our lessons.  (Other versions available include:  printed, cd-rom, and combo packs)

SURPRISE!  It's already done for me!!!

This particular study is laid out over a period of 12 days and each day includes vocabulary, a reading guide, lapbook activities to complete (with directions) and a timeline of events.

Topics covered are:  The Titanic, World War I, Roaring 20's, Woman's Suffrage, Great Depression, World War II, NATO, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, Persian Gulf War, 9/11, War in Iraq and War in Afghanistan to the present.

This particular lapbook is unique in that it is very helpful for doing a 'quick review' of Modern American History or can be easily stretched out to last weeks or months.  For our purposes, I stretched out the 'days' to match our weekly topics and the lapbook activities are used to check my boys' comprehension and to help retention of knowledge they have learned.

I should point out that this lapbook is for grades 6-12.  I have a 5th and 8th grader using this lapbook.  The wonderful thing about lapbook from HOAC is that they can be tailored 'up' or 'down' depending on your child's need.  Both boys love History.  My 5th grader is the more creative of the two, but, takes a bit longer writing the information.  My oldest hasn't been a big fan of lapbooking UNTIL this particular study because Modern American History is his absolute favorite. So far, it's been a great fit for both children!

We also decided that instead of putting the activities into an official lapbook, that we would mount them on a tri-fold board in a timeline-like fashion that will be used in a History Fair later on in the year.
My 5th grader filling out the 'Titanic' activity:

World WWI Leaders lapbook element
World WWI Leaders lapbook element

My 8th grader working on the 'World Leaders During World War I' activity:

World WWI Leaders lapbook element

What the activity looks like when it is folded up:
World WWI Leaders lapbook element

Axis & Allied Powers:

Axis and Allied Powers lapbook element
Axis and Allied Powers lapbook element

All folded up and tucked into their envelopes:

Axis and Allied Powers lapbook element

I am so pleased with this lapbook and my boys' reaction to it that we will continue to use it throughout this year, adding it to our Weekly Wrap Ups as well!

To view more of this lapbook and see pictures of what a finish product looks like click here.

I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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