This week in our hands on revolutionary war for kids history unit we learned about the Declaration of Independence for Kids, make our own DIY Spy Cipher, go on a virtual fieldtrip and more.
In week 3 of our fun, hands on history unit on the American Revolutionary War we watched episodes 13-22 from the outstanding Liberty Kids video series.
Note: If you have middle school+ age children you might want to check out The Founding of America Megaset
We also added this weeks’ events & famous people to our lapbook. You can download the American Revolutionary War Lapbook at the bottom of the post.
Declaration of Independence for Kids
Revolutionary War Timeline for Kids
2nd Continental Congress & Declaration of Independence July 1776
- “There, I guess King George can see that!” John Hancock
- “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal…” Thomas Jefferson
Independence Hall which is here our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Franklin’s print ship in Philadelphia, PA. See a mock up of the printing press and even get your very own copy of the Declaration of Independence made on a real printing press.
Crossing the Delaware & Battle of Trenton
(Crossing The Delaware: A History In Many Voices) – December 26, 1776
After crossing the Delaware River you can see the Old Barracks in Trenton. They were built in 1758 to house the British during the French-Indian Wars. The Hessians were housed here before Washington’s attack making a turning point in the war on December 26, 1776.
Congress prescribes flag
Betsy Ross may have made the first American flag, we do not know for sure. But we do know the first flag was made June 14, 1777. So the kids & I made our own original American flag.
Although no one knows for sure who made the first American flag, Betsy Ross was a seamstress who could have made it. We toured her house and met an actress who told us about life at that time.
Daniel Morgan and The Battle of Freeman’s Farm September 17, 1777
Saratoga – turning point in war Aug-Oct 1777
Our activities for the week were fieldtrips (part of our Revolutionary War Road trip).
Famous People of the Revolutionary War for Kids
George Washington for Kids
George Washington was the first President of the United States of America (1789-1797). He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783, and presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787.
Spy Nathan Hale for Kids
Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered to be a spy in New York City but was captured by the British. He is best remembered for his last words before being hanged: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”
DIY Spy Cipher – Revolutionary War Spies
Paine was an English American author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America’s first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. As Treasurer he established a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain.
Baron von Steuben
Baron Von Steuben was a Prussian-born military officer who served as inspector general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He taught them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual, the book that served as the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812
We practiced drilling to become our own army.
Lafayette was a French aristocrat & military officer who served as a major-general in the Continental Army under George Washington during the Revolutionary War. He returned to France to negotiate an increase in French support. On his return, he blocked troops led by Cornwallis at Yorktown while the armies of Washington prepared for battle against the British.
NOTE: Sometimes we skim through these books. I cannot guarantee the books thoroughly as we only uses parts or look at pictures. So forgive me if there is something in these recommendations that I don’t see =-)
Declaration of Independence for Kids Worksheets
We also added this weeks’ events & famous people to our lapbook. You can download the American Revolutionary Lapbook here.