Lapbook Components 1. American Revolution Timeline Accordion

Lapbook Components
1. American Revolution Timeline Accordion Book – Each student will need one copy
of the timeline foldable. Follow the directions to cut, paste, and fold it to make
an accordion book. Paste it in the top corner of the open lapbook. Students
need to include the following events on their timeline. They must put each
event in order, include the year that the event occurred, and give a brief
description of the event and why it was important to the American Revolution.
Sugar Act
Stamp Act
Boston Massacre
Boston Tea Party
Declaration of Independence
British Surrender at Yorktown
Treaty of Paris signed
Battles of Lexington and Concord
1st Continental Congress Meets
2. Events that Led to the American Revolution Petal Book – Students will first cut
out the petal book on the solid lines.
There were many events that led up to
and were causes of the American
Revolution. Students are to pick six that
they feel were important and write a
brief description of each on the petals.
Make sure that students explain why
each event led to the revolution. Fold
each petal in on the dotted lines, glue
the back of the center to the lapbook.
Students should label the front of the
petal and may want to color the petals using crayons or colored pencils.
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3. Life in the Battlefield Flap Book – Students will cut out the flap book and on all
solid lines, then fold in half along the
center dotted line. Make sure that
students cut along the lines to separate
the three sections, then they can fold on
the lighter dotted line. Carefully glue
down the “Life on the Battlefield” section
only. Students will choose three items
that a soldier would have had with them
in battle (uniform, leather wallet,
canteen, powder horn, etc.) The
Eyewitness American Revolution book is
a good source for this book. On the front of each flap students will write the
name of the item they chose as well as draw and color a picture of the item. On
the inside of the flap students will describe the item and why it was needed by
the soldier while on the battlefield.
4. Important People Pocket and Cards – Students will cut out the pocket on all
solid lines then fold on all dotted lines. The flaps should fold behind the back
piece and can be glued in place before gluing the pocket to the flapbook. Print
the important people cards onto cardstock and have students cut them apart.
They will choose four of the following important people to research and make a
card for. On the blank side of the card students will draw a frame and colored
picture of the important person. On the back they will complete the required
Crispus Attucks
Mercy Otis Warren
George Washington
Patrick Henry
Thomas Jefferson
Bernardo de Galvez
Mary Ludwig Hays MacCauley
Samuel Adams
John Hancock
Paul Revere
Benjamin Franklin
John Adams
Phillis Wheatley
Thomas Paine
Martha Washington
Abigail Adams
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5. Vocabulary Fan – Students will cut out each of the eight vocabulary strips and
punch a hole where indicated. On the blank strips students will choose one of
the following vocabulary words for each. They will write the vocabulary word,
definition (in their own words) on the front side, and a meaningful sentence on
the back. When students have completed their strips they will layer them one
on top of the other (a great time to have them practice alphabetical order too!)
and place the cover strip on top. Using a pencil have students mark the spot on
their lapbook where the brad for the fan will go, then punch a hole in the
lapbook on that mark. Have them place the brad through the strips and the
hole to keep the fan book in place.
6. Continental Army vs. British Army Flap
Book – Students will cut out the flap
book on all solid lines then fold in half
on the dotted line. Under each flap
students will write details that they
learned about each of the armies. They
might include that the Continental
Army had mainly farmers who had no
military experience while the British
Army was made up of experienced
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7. Major Battles of the Revolutionary War Tri-fold – Students will cut out the tri-fold
on the solid lines and fold on the
dotted lines. The cover with the
title should be folded last so that
it is visible. The back of the center
will be glued into the lapbook.
Have students color in the
explosions on the key, blue for
Continental Army victories and
red for British Army victories. On
the inside of the tri-fold students
will sketch the thirteen colonies.
Then they will choose four major
battles of the Revolutionary War. At the location for each battle students will
draw the explosion with the correct color indicating the victorious side. They
will also label the battle with: the date, location, and name of the battle.
8. Rubric and Reflection – Students will cut apart the rubric and reflection pages.
After filling out the reflection students will glue it to the back of their lapbook.
Students will use the rubric as a checklist to ensure that they have completed
all of the mini-books/foldables. They will turn this rubric in with their lapbook.
9. Performance Assessment – The lapbook is a great
tool for a quick oral assessment of students. Ask
students 3-5 questions about the information
that they included in their lapbook to check for
understanding. Allow them to use their lapbook
as a resource for the oral quiz, or for any other
formal assessment that you may give on the
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