Looking for help covering the American Revolution in your homeschool? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve got 100 ways to help you learn about the people, places, and events surrounding it.
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The following is a list of books, videos, websites, activities, and unit studies to help you explore the American Revolution with your kids.
Studying the American Revolution in your homeschool? Here are 100 ways to help you learn.
100 Ways to Study the American Revolution
Online American Revolution Resources
It’s no surprise that there are lots of American Revolution resources available online, but it may be a bit surprising that many of them are free. Take a look at some of my favorites:
1. DK Find Out’s American Revolution – This interactive site allows users to click through scenes to learn the details surrounding people, places, and events from the American Revolution.
2. Mission US Game – From Crown to Colony – My oldest loved exploring the American Revolution through this free game!
3. Boston Tea Party Interactive – Here’s a fun way to learn about this significant event from the revolution.
4. Mr. Nussbaum’s American Revolution page – There’s plenty to do here, but I especially like the interactive map. You can find it and a great timeline once you scroll down a bit.
5. American Revolution Profile from Ducksters – There’s a wealth of information on this site. It includes a timeline, articles on specific events, biographies, and battles, and activities.
6. Road to the Revolution Game – This is a fun interactive way to review events from the revolution.
7. Patriotism or Treason? – Another interactive way to learn about the American Revolution, this activity encourages students to analyze the causes of the revolution from different perspectives.
8. The Global Village – This interactive site from PBS Learning Media is an interesting way to learn about daily life for the colonists during the American Revolution, military perspectives, and who controlled the rest of the world during the time of the war.
9. George Washington’s Revolutionary War Bed – This is a great look at daily life on the battlefield during the revolution.
10. Have Fun with History’s American Revolution page – There’s lots of info here organized by topic, but there’s also a section with short videos.
American Revolution Biographies
There are more key figures in the American Revolution than I can possibly list here and there are tons of kid-friendly biographies available on those figures. Even so, hopefully these will give you a good starting point for learning about them.
13. Thomas Jefferson – Want to dive into Thomas Jefferson’s role in the American Revolution? Who Was Thomas Jefferson?, Thomas Jefferson for Kids, and Meet Thomas Jefferson are all good places to start.
16. Molly Hays – Want to explore the life of a Revolutionary War hero that often goes unnoticed? Molly Pitcher: Young Patriot and They Called Her Molly Pitcher both tell the story of an American soldier’s wife who made a big difference for the troops around her.
20. Alexander Hamilton – Alexander Hamilton is another founding father whose name comes up when studying the American Revolution. Alexander Hamilton: the Outsider, Who Was Alexander Hamilton?, and Alexander Hamilton: From Orphan to Founding Father are all good choices for learning more about this key revolutionary figure.
Picture Books and Historical Fiction
Picture books and historical fiction are also good ways to explore the American Revolution. Here are some reading suggestions to consider:
21. Johnny Tremain
26. Liberty or Death
29. Katie’s Trunk
There are also lots of nonfiction options for learning about the American Revolution with your kids. Here are a few of them:
Revolution-themed Art & Craft Ideas
Perhaps you’ve got kiddos who like to get creative when they learn. If so, check out these American Revolution-themed arts and craft ideas.
41. A watercolor resist version of the first American flag – This is an easy art idea to go along with your studies. Have your kids draw out the first American flag with a white crayon or oil pastel. Next, they can paint the flag with blue and red watercolor paints. That’s all there is to it!
42. How to draw a cartoon George Washington from Art for Kids Hub – Here’s a step-by-step drawing tutorial for a cartoon version of George Washington.
43. How to draw the Liberty Bell from Art for Kids Hub – Here’s another step-by-step tutorial, but this one is of the Liberty Bell.
44. Draw and Write Through History: Pilgrims, Pirates, and Patriots – This isn’t exclusively connected to the American Revolution, but it’s for older elementary and middle school students and includes several related drawing tutorials and copywork exercises. ($)
45. Our Anthem Activity – This mentions Australia’s national anthem as the primary example, but the “Star Spangled Banner” could easily be used in its place to emphasize the connection between the anthem and the post-Revolution tension between America and Great Britain.
46. Star Spangled Banner Activity – Here’s another art activity inspired by our national anthem. Bonus: this one includes a writing prompt.
47. Chalk Pastels American History Video Art Lessons – It’s always a good thing when you can use chalk pastels with your history studies, right? ($)
48. Great Colonial America Projects – This book of crafts isn’t exclusive to the Revolutionary War, but it focuses on colonial American in general. ($)
49. Washington Crossing the Delaware Interactive – This art appreciation activity provides insight on the famous painting. Teaching tips and background information are both included.
50. Draw Write Now: United States, From Sea to Shining Sea, Moving Forward – Similar to Draw and Write Through History mentioned above, this book has lots of good drawing tutorials and copywork exercises centered around early American history. This one is especially good for younger learners who aren’t quite ready for the detailed drawings or longer passages in Draw and Write. ($)
American Revolution Unit Studies
51. American Revolution Unit – This unit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus has tons of valuable information to help you study the revolution and includes a lapbook.
52. American Revolution Unit Study from Adventures in Mommydom – I especially like the hands-on ideas in this one.
53. Cindy from Our Journey Westward shares how she covered the American Revolution in her homeschool in this unit study.
54. This American Colonies Unit Study is a good overview of the colonies and some of the events that led to the American Revolution. ($)
55. A Complete Unit on the American Revolution – This huge unit contains 150 pages and is a great option for anyone who wants the convenience of a prepared unit study. ($)
56. American History II: The New Nation is a great unit study for kindergarten through 2nd grade. It contains plenty of activities, videos, projects, and more. ($)
57. American History II: The American Revolution Unit is designed for grades 3-5 and includes activities, games, projects, mapwork and more. ($)
58. This American Revolution Unit Study is a smaller option, but includes lesson plans, worksheets, and activities. ($)
59. This History Revolutions unit is an interesting option for studying the American Revolution because it also covers the European Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the connection between the three. ($)
60. I like this American Revolutionary War Unit Study because it’s inexpensive and it can be used with any book. ($)
American Revolution Videos
61. American Revolution in 9 Minutes – This one is exactly what it sounds like and it’s worth watching, for sure!
62. Liberty’s Kids – You can watch some of these videos for free on YouTube, but it’s worth buying the entire series on DVD. ($)
63. LEGO Battle of Bunker Hill – It’s not perfectly accurate, but a fun watch for your LEGO lovers.
64. Valley Forge, 1777 Cartoon – This short video spotlights the horrible winter conditions American soldiers faced as they camped at Valley Forge.
65. Ben and Me – Here’s a cartoon spotlighting the life of Ben Franklin.
66. What If the United States Lost the Revolution? – An interesting look at what things could be like if the American Revolution ended differently.
67. Bet You Didn’t Know: American Revolution – This quick video is a look at some lesser-known Revolutionary War facts.
68. Crash Course: Prelude to the Revolution – This engaging video dissects what was happening in the colonies before the American Revolution.
69. Crash Course: Who Won the American Revolution – This Crash Course video looks at specific battles from the war.
70. Revolution’s Last Legacy – This short video from The History Channel discusses how the American Revolution shaped the political principles of the United States.
Revolutionary War on Wednesday Resources
This group of American Revolution resources goes along with Revolutionary War on Wednesday from the Magic Tree House series. The book alone is a great way to give younger readers an idea of what it might have been like as George Washington crossed, but the other resources build nicely on the book.
71. American Revolution Fact Tracker – This is the nonfiction companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday, but it can be read without the Magic Tree House story if preferred. ($)
72. Magic Tree House Teaching Resources – You can find Revolutionary War on Wednesday and Fact Tracker resources on the Magic Tree House website. You have to scroll down the page a bit, but four free resources are listed.
75. Reading Comprehension Worksheets ($)
76. Vocabulary Worksheets ($)
77. Revolutionary War on Wednesday Pockets of Time – My oldest kiddo enjoyed working through this packet when he was younger. It’s especially good for practice with sequencing and cutting. ($)
78. Teaching with Magic Tree House ($)
80. This Magic Tree House Research Bundle includes a Revolutionary War on Wednesday focus and is a great way to teach kids how to research and compose reports. ($)
More American Revolution Resources
81. History Pockets: The American Revolution – History Pockets offers students the chance to learn about the revolution through projects, timelines, crafts, and more. ($)
82. Story of the American Revolution Coloring Book – This coloring book would be great to have around during read aloud time. ($)
83. Heroes and Heroines of the American Revolution Coloring Book – Here’s a coloring book dedicated to men and women who made great contributions to the revolution. ($)
84. Modern Times Notebooking and Coloring Pages Bundle – This bundle from Notebooking Pages contains Revolutionary War pages for significant events, battles, important people, the colonies, and more. ($)
85. Education.com has tons of American Revolution resources available for free. There’s a lot to choose from there, but the worksheets and games are a good place to start.
86. American Revolution Lapbook from In the Hands of a Child – This 100+ page resources includes a historical guide, information on lapbooking, and the lapbook templates to help you study the American Revolution. ($)
87. American Revolution Express Quick Lapbook – This lapbook from A Journey Through Learning is a good option for anyone who prefers a shorter project to accompany the American Revolution. It’s 29 pages, includes study guide, lapbook templates, and coloring pages, but can be finished in a few days. ($)
88. Daughters of Liberty – I love Embracing Destiny’s article about women in the American Revolution.
89. Leaders of the American Revolution Bingo and Quiz Game – You can get the American version, the British version, or both for a fun way to help your kids learn about key figures involved in the American Revolution. ($)
90. American Revolution Paper Soldiers – This PDF bundle contains figures for American and British soldiers, French artillery, George Washington, and Betsy Ross. Oh, and this bundle is quite large. There are more than 200 paper figures in this one! ($)
92. All American History – Want to go all in with your study of the American Revolution? All American History from Bright Ideas Press is designed for grades 5-12 and is presented from a Christian worldview. ($)
93. Quotes from Goodreads – a list of quotes from different authors and notable figures about the American Revolution.
94. Interactive 3D Maps: American History – This collection ins’t only for events from the American Revolution, but it does include a few. ($)
95. When on Earth? – My kiddos love this book! It’s chockfull of world history, but includes a spread about the American Revolution. ($)
96. Revolutionary War Sites – Anyone up for a road trip? This article includes 12 different historical sites connected to the Revolutionary War.
97. American Revolution Timeline Game – This digital game can be used to introduce or review a study on the revolution and is designed for older kids, middle schoolers, and teens. ($)
98. Easy Simulations: American Revolution – This looks like a great way to help the events of the American Revolution come alive for your kids. It includes step-by-step directions, worksheets, and maps to help the simulation process go smoothly. ($)
99. This Spies in the American Revolution lesson is a fun way to explore the revolution.
100. This American Revolutionary War Poetry unit is a great idea for getting cross-curricular with your American Revolution study. It features 30 different varieties of poems! ($)