When it came to History this year, free is ME! We studied both the World Wars.
The boys really wanted to study WW 2 and since we are studying American History chronologically, we started the year with WW 1 and moved on to WW 2 around January.
I was inspired by another mom blogger who did a WW 2 lapbook with her child. Her kid was a bit younger than my boys so I went a few steps further than her.
I found a lot of free coloring pages. (here)
I used file folders for this lapbook. We kept it simple and just stapled them like a book, using the tabs to help label the pages.
We studied the basic aspects of the war.
Each of the older 3 boys had to pick an leader from both the Allies and the Axis.
Then I had them color each leader they chose.
I gave them a page with questions that they had to answer about their leaders.
Once they answered the questions, they had to turn their answers into a paragraph about the leaders.
This was a fantastic way to get in Spelling, Language Arts, writing, typing, History, Research, did I miss anything?
This was their favorite part of the lapbook. Weapons. Boys. Sigh.
We also watched a ton of movies on Netflix about all aspects of the War. This really made the War come alive for the boys (and me) and gave us a great overview as well as a very detailed view of life during the War.
Saints and Sinners, The Longest Day, Diary of Anne Frank, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Battle of the Bulge, The Hiding Place, and A Bridge Too Far are some of the titles that we watched.
We studied Battles and the Holocaust, D-Day and V-E Day.
I'm happy with our Lapbook. It's creative and colorful, full of information, and the boys will have it in their portfolios to look back on.
There is a wealth of free information on the internet. All ya gotta do is find it.
The Lunch Lady