Appletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

I LOVE finding new curriculum/new homeschooling sites, don’t you?  And then, of course, sharing them with my friends.  🙂  That’s what I’m doing today.  I’m letting you know about Appletastic Learning Inc. and specifically about their Social Studies Activities for the Year bundle for kids in Grades 4 – 8.  The bundle includes 15 fun and engaging Social Studies units that teach United States History, Government, and Geography. Each of the 15 packets include all or some of the following components:
  • An Interactive Notebook (I love interactive materials, don’t you?)
  • Foldables (Again, I’m a fan!)
  • Bulletin Board Sets (Fun!)
  • Writing Activities (Always needed)
  • Timeline Activities (More fun!)
  • Mini Books (Yah!)
  • Worksheets (Gotta have them)
  • Information Guides (I appreciate these)
  • Photo Examples (Very helpful!)
  • And Other Fun Activities (Yah again)

What do I like about the Appletastic Learning Inc. Social Studies Activities for the Year bundle?

  • I’m a fan of just about everything, including the interactive notebo0ks, foldables, timeline activities, mini books and more.  My kids love everything interactive – I bet yours do too.
  • So much info is included.
  • The material is very flexible.  If you only want to cover some of the included events, it’s very simple to adjust a packet’s contents to suit your own needs.
  • The price – $59 for a year’s worth of materials.  Such a deal.
  • FREE extras! In exchange for my e-mail address, I received access to the Appletastic Freebie Library – I LOVE the Book Report and the Book Report resources!  Plus, there are regular follow up emails – with great info/resources.

When you purchase the Appletastic Social Studies Activities for the Year Bundle, you SAVE 20%.  Instead of paying $75 (the price for all individual units), you pay just $59.00.

You can purchase the bundle HERE.

And here are some screen shots from the Appletastic Learning Inc. Social Studies Activities for the Year bundle.

 

I’ve included info about EACH of the 15 packets below:

 

Appletastic Learning Inc. Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle

Maps, Globes And Landforms Appletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

This hands-on resource includes foldables, activities, and guide sheets for continents, major oceans, 22 landforms, types of maps (physical, political, weather, road), as well as latitude and longitude info.

 

Appletastic Learning Inc. Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle

World Explorers

Explorers covered in this unit include Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Juan Ponce de Leon, Hernando Cortes, Ferdinand Magellan, Jacques Cartier, Fransisco Coronado, Fransisco Pizarro and Henry Hudson.

Plus, the packet has 4 components:

1.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable mini file folders for each of the 10 explorers mentioned above. Each mini file folder has areas to write personal information, goals, and discoveries of the named explorer.

2.)  Timeline Activity.

3.)  Information Guide: Students can use the information guide and interesting fact sheet to help complete the interactive notebooks and learn about the explorers.

4.)  Bulletin Board Display: Includes bulletin board header, illustrated explorer flaps, information boxes, and photo directions.  You can add the students’ timelines to the board.

Appletastic Learning Inc. Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle

Road To The Revolutionary War -Appletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

This packet addresses the following Revolutionary War events:
the French & Indian War, Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, First Continental Congress, the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, and the Battle at Lexington & Concord.

This packet has 3 components:

1.)  Create a Timeline: Students construct a timeline of the major events leading to the Revolutionary War using the printable timeline boxes.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable foldables for each of the major events can be used for student note-taking and learning the chronology of the events.

3.)  Large Pennant Timeline: Use these to identify the chronology of the events leading to the Revolutionary War. Includes both B/W and Red-Bordered Pennants for your printing preference.

Appletastic Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle

Events Of The Revolutionary War

This American Revolutionary War packet offers 5 fun activities:

1.)  Time Line Activity: Students construct a timeline of the major events of the Revolutionary War using the printable timeline boxes.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable foldables for each of the major events can be used for student note-taking and learning the chronology of the events.

3.)  Large Interactive Bulletin Board Timeline: Use these to identify the chronology of the events leading to the Revolutionary War. Includes bulletin board header and large foldables.

4.)  Winter at Valley Forge Mini Book: Students create a mini book using the illustrated pages.

5.)  Valley Forge Writing Activity: Students write letters from a Valley Forge soldier’s viewpoint and then create a Revolutionary War postage stamp.

Appletastic Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle The 13 Colonies

The 13 Colonies unit includes:

1.)  Mini Maps for Notebooks: Includes maps of 13 American Colonies – Southern Colonies, Middle Colonies, New England Colonies.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable foldables for each of the 13 colonies can be used for student note-taking.

3.)  Interactive Notebook Sorting Activity

4.)  An Interactive Bulletin Board Display: Includes bulletin board header, maps, 13 colonies labels, answer key, and photo directions. Use the pieces to  help students classify the 13 colonies according to New England, Middle, or Southern regions.

Appletastic Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle

Colonial LifeAppletastic Learning Inc.

This Colonial American Life unit includes:

1.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable concept maps for each region of the 13 Colonies. Each map has pre-printed notes or you can choose the blank template if you want your child to research/write her own notes.

2.)  Mini Book: The mini book helps kids gain a better understanding of daily life in Colonial America.

3.)  Writing Project: Using the provided templates, your child can write a journal entry from the perspective of a Colonial American child, and then create a daily time schedule of a normal daily routine.

4.)  Large Bulletin Board: Includes bulletin board header, illustrated accent pieces, and photo directions. You can use these for a bulletin board to display the student journal entries and daily schedules from the writing activity.

Colonial Jobs

The Colonial American Jobs addressed in this packet include: Basketmaker, Blacksmith, Brickmaker, Cabinetmaker, Cobbler, Cooper, Peruke (Wig) Maker, Printer, Silversmith, Tailor, and Town Crier.

Educational activities include:

1.)  Create a Mini Book: Students construct a mini book using the provided Colonial American Jobs printable pages.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Foldables for each of 11 occupations can be used for student note-taking.

3.)  Large Interactive Bulletin Board Timeline: Includes bulletin board header and large foldables.

4.)  Job Application Writing Activity: Students fill out a job application for the Colonial American job they are most interested in. They then use the application as a pre-writing organizer to write a letter of interest to their imaginary employer. Includes “You’re Hired!” certificates.

Lewis & Clark Expedition – Appletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

The interactive notebook includes these events from the Lewis and Clark Expedition:
Congress Approves Expedition
Lewis Begins Training
Louisiana Purchase Announced
Lewis Recruits Clark
Camp Wood
The Journey Begins
Sergeant Floyd Dies
The Great Plains
Crew Meets Sacagawea
Fort Mandan
Sacagawea’s Son is Born
Great Falls of the Missouri
Bitterroot Range Crossing
The Nez Perce
The Continental Divide
Sacagawea Finds her Brother
The Columbia River
The Pacific Ocean

This packet has 5 components:

1.)  Map it Out: Students identify main locations on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable foldables for each of the major events can be used for student note-taking and learning the chronology of the events.

3.)  Information Guide: This printable is helpful for student note-taking and for use throughout the unit.

4.)  Letter-Writing Activity: Students can write a letter home from the perspective of an expedition member.

5.)  Bulletin Board: Kids can create a fun, engaging bulletin board with 12 true or false statements about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Appletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

The Oregon TrailAppletastic Learning Inc. 

This packet has 5 components.  They include:

1).  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable concept maps for the What, Where, When, Why, Who, and How of the Oregon Trail. You can use the pre-printed notes or the blank template.

2).  Map it Out: This mapping activity has students trace the Oregon Trail and create a foldable map which can be used in your child’s interactive notebook.

3).  Mini Book: Students create an informative mini book to gain a better understanding of the Oregon Trail.

4).  Packing the Wagon Activity: Using the provided Weight Guide Sheet and the Shopping Guide, students plan and prepare a shopping list of items to take on the Oregon Trail. The total weight of the supplies cannot be more than 2,400 pounds.

5).  Bulletin Board Set: Includes bulletin board header, letters, illustrated accent pieces, and photo directions.

Appletastic Learning Inc. Product ReviewThe Gold Rush

The Gold Rush Packet has 6 components. These include the following:

1).  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable layered book with tabs and pages for definition, dates, key people, locations, and effects of the Gold Rush.

2).  Map it Out Foldable: Students identify the locations of California, San Francisco, and Sutter’s Mill on a foldable map.

3).  Timeline Activity: Students create a Gold Rush timeline to gain a better understanding of the early explorers.

4).  Information Guide: Students can use this information guide and interesting fact sheet to help complete the interactive notebooks and learn about the Gold Rush.

5).  Letter Writing Activity: Your child can write a letter home from the perspective of a gold miner at camp. Illustration sheet also included.

6).  Bulletin Board: Includes bulletin board header, Gold Rush illustrated accents, and photo directions. You can also add your child’s timeline to the board!

Appletastic Learning Inc. Product ReviewRoad To The Civil WarAppletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

Events covered in this packet include: the Missouri Compromise, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, the Wilmot Proviso, Compromise of 1850, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Bleeding Kansas, the Dred Scott Decision, John Brown’s Raid, Abraham Lincoln’s Election, and the Battle of Fort Sumter.

This study topic has 5 different activities:

1.)  Create a Timeline: Students construct a timeline of the major events leading to the Civil War using the printable timeline boxes.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable foldables for each of the major events can be used for student note-taking and learning the chronology of the events.

3.)  Map It Out: This foldable activity helps students better understand the geography of some of the major events in this time frame. Perfect for adding to interactive notebooks.

4.)  Information Guide: This printable is helpful for student note-taking and for use throughout the unit.

5.)  Bulletin Board Timeline Display.

Appletastic Social Studies Activities of the Year Bundle Civil War – Appletastic Learning Inc. 

This packet covers the following events: the Battle of Fort Sumter, Robert E. Lee Joins the Confederacy, the Anaconda Plan, First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Shiloh, 2nd Battle of Bull Run, the Emancipation Proclamation, Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg Address, Union Leadership, Lincoln is Re-elected, Slavery is Abolished,  the Appomattox Campaign, and the Assassination of President Lincoln.

Included:

1.)  Create a Timeline: Students construct a timeline of the major events using the printable timeline boxes.

2.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable foldables for each of the major events can be used for student note-taking and learning the chronology of the events.

3.)  Information Guide: This printable is helpful for student note-taking and for use throughout the unit.

4.)  Bulletin Board Timeline Display: Use these to identify the chronology of the events during the Civil War.

U.S. Constitution

This unit includes the following:

1.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Printable layered book with tabs and pages for background information, dates, key people, location, and parts of the Constitution.

2.)  Preamble Puzzle: Students match phrases from the Preamble with their meanings with this Interactive Notebook puzzle activity.

3.)  Writing the Constitution Mini Book: Students create an informative mini-book to find out about the Constitutional Convention.

4.)  Information Guide: This sheet in included for convenience in note-taking and foldable completion.

5.)  Bulletin Board Display: Use these pages to create an informative bulletin board display about the Preamble to the Constitution. Includes bulletin board header, illustrated accent pieces, and photo directions.

Appletastic Learning Inc. Product Review3 Branches of U.S. GovernmentAppletastic Learning Inc. Product Review

The 3 Branches of Government Packet includes:

1.)  Mini File Folders: These mini file folder foldables are perfect for helping your students discover the duties, members, and checks and balances of each of the 3 branches of government.

2.)  Foldable Interactive Table: Students create an interactive table to explore and learn about the checks and balances of the 3 branches of government. This table is ideal for use in your child’s interactive notebook.

3.)  Writing Activity: Students use the provided application form to apply for a job in the government branch of their choice. A letter-writing template is also included for letters of application and interest.

4.)  Information Guide: This sheet is included for convenience in note-taking and foldable completion.

5.)  Bulletin Board Display: Includes bulletin board header, illustrated accent pieces, and photo directions. Use these pages to create a bulletin board with an informative display about the 3 branches of government.

Appletastic Learning Inc. Product ReviewElections: Road To The White HouseAppletastic Learning Inc. 

The Election Process Packet has 5 components:

1.)  Interactive Notebook Foldables: Flaps and information boxes for showing the Road to the White House. Includes Primary Elections and Caucuses, National Conventions, The Campaign, Election Day, The Electoral College, and Inauguration Day.

2.)  Electoral College Interactive Notebook Activity: Students use an electoral vote map to determine which candidate wins an election. Guaranteed to help students have a better understanding of electoral votes.

3.)  Information Guides: These resources are good for building background knowledge and providing help with note-taking. Guides for Electoral College and Road to the White House are included.

4.)  Electoral College Worksheet and If I Were President Activity Sheet: Students explore the electoral college with this worksheet. Answer key provided. Use the “If I Were President” printable to let students think about actions they would take as President.

5.)  Large Bulletin Board Set: Use these pages for a bulletin board to create an informative display about the Road to the White House. Includes bulletin board header, pennant banner, and photo directions.

Wow!  A LOT of info!  

And FYI – Appletastic – Shelley Rees has a Teacher’s Pay Teachers store where her ratings are AMAZING!  She has over 31K four -star reviews (the highest TPT rating possible).   Wow again!  🙂

In addition, Appletastic offers Close Reading printables, Math resources, freebies, homeschool/classroom decor, an informational blog and MORE.

 

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