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Russian Revolution Lesson

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This is part 3 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Play the Russian Civil War version of Capture the Flag, endure a "Communist" lunch complete with trying to trade food on the black market, create Communist flags, and more while learning about the Russian Revolution. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used as we studied the Russian Revolution and Communism using the fun unit study book Russia: Land of Endurance by Konos Curriculum. Use these ideas with your class, family, or homeschool co-op group!

Included in this lens you'll find some of the activities we did along with our favorite books we read and YouTube clips we watched while we studied the Russian Revolution. Topics featured include Communism, World War I, and the Russian Revolution.

Enduring a "Communist" Lunch

Enduring a "Communist" Lunch

Enduring a "Communist" Lunch

  • I taped a Soviet flag to my shirt and announced we are having a Communist lunch. I am the Communist government.
  • We will not pray because Communists don't believe in God and only believe in the material word. Communists are atheists.
  • Everyone must pass their lunches to me because I represent the government, so I own everything. There was no private property, only communal property. "They are not your lunches - they are the property of the state."
  • If anyone protests, they will "executed" or be sent to a "labor camp in Siberia" (the bathroom where they'd have to clean for 3 minutes) for "the good of the state." No one is allowed to dissent or have objections or differences of opinion other than mine (the government's). "If the sate must execute you all, it will be for the good of the state."
  • I "redistribute" the wealth", deciding who gets what. I took large portions from each plate because the state gets its share first. I then unfairly passed out everything else, giving small portions to some, only one item to others, etc. I remind them they do not have choices. If they dissent, they're going to Siberia.
  • If they wanted something that someone else had, they could try to secretly trade it on the "Black Market" (usually under the table), but if they got caught, they're go to the "labor camp in Siberia."
Learning about the black market: Trading 4 peanuts for 1 cherry

Learning about the black market: Trading 4 peanuts for 1 cherry

Potato markets & price-fixing

Potato markets & price-fixing

Chapter Book on Karl Marx

Treaties between countries causing instability like blocks getting knocked down

Treaties between countries causing instability like blocks getting knocked down

Great Books on World War I

We did not spend much time on World War I. If you'd like to add more picture books that discuss World War I (none of which focus on Russia though), you can look for:

  • World War One: 1914-1918 (Campfire Graphic Novels)
  • Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story by Deborah Hopkinson
  • The Donkey of Gallipoli: A True Story of Courage in World War I by Mark Greenwood
  • War Game: Village Green to No-Man's-Land by Michael Foreman
  • One Boy's War by Lynne Huggins-Cooper
  • Fly, Cher Ami, Fly!: The Pigeon Who Saved the Lost Battalion by Robert Burleigh
  • Pigeon Hero! by Shirley Raye Redmond
  • Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War I by Tony Robinson
  • Flying Aces of World War One by Gene Gurney (chapter book)
  • America Becomes a World Power: 1890-1930- Graphic U.S. History (Saddleback Graphic: American History)

Our Favorite YouTube Clip on World War I

Creating soviet flags

Creating soviet flags

More Good Books We Read

  • Russian Revolution (Wars That Changed the World) was the best book we found that covered the various events related to the Russian Revolution. It has illustrations rather than photographs and gives a short summary of each event.
  • The Royal Diaries: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914
  • Eva's Gift
Playing Capture the Flag: The Reds vs. The Whites in the Russian Civil War

Playing Capture the Flag: The Reds vs. The Whites in the Russian Civil War

Good YouTube Clips on the Russian Revolution

My children loved "Peace, Land and Bread" and sung it over and over again. We watched the entire documentary on "In Search of a Lost Princess." We only watched parts of the other video clips.

Painting a Russian Orthodox triptych from Lesson 1: Russian Geography and Early Russian History Lesson

Painting a Russian Orthodox triptych from Lesson 1: Russian Geography and Early Russian History Lesson

Designing and launching rockets from Lesson 6: The Cold War and Arms Race

Designing and launching rockets from Lesson 6: The Cold War and Arms Race

Cook borscht and blini, study and paint like the famous artists of Russia, perform a miniature "Nutcracker" ballet performance, dramatize a Communist lunch (complete with sentencing to "Siberia" for the non-compliant), and more in the fun 8 part study on Russia!

  • Russian Geography and Early Russian History Lesson - This is part 1 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Paint a Russian Orthodox triptych, taste caviar, play the Russian Temperate Zone Game, read classic Baba Yaga tales, and more while learning about Russian geography and early Russian history. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Russian geography and early Russian history.
  • Russian Czars Lesson - This is part 2 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Construct a model of the Red Square, attempting Cossack-style dancing, decorate eggs like Carl Faberge, read classic Czar tales, and more while learning about Russian Czars. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Russian Czars.
  • Russian Revolution Lesson - This is part 3 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Play the Russian Civil War version of Capture the Flag, endure a "Communist" lunch complete with trying to trade food on the black market, create Communist flags, and more while learning about the Russian Revolution. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the Russian Revolution.
  • Siberia Lesson - This is part 4 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Sketch an Aurora Borealis landscape scene using pastels, making grape jelly to demonstrate the smelting process, cut out various shapes of snowflakes, dress up as and pretend to be musk oxen, walruses, Siberian tigers, and reindeer, and more while learning about Siberia. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Siberia.
  • Russian Ballet Lesson - This is part 5 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Perform a miniature production of The Nutcracker, learn the basic positions in ballet, watch videos of and read about famous Russian dancers including Anna Pavlova, Nijinsky, and Baryshnikov, and more while learning about Russian ballet. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Russian ballet.
  • The Cold War and Arms Race Lesson - This is part 6 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Design and launch various types of rockets, dramatize the Berlin Airlift and the Chocolate Pilot, prepare and eat blini, and more while learning about the Cold War and the Arms Race. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the Cold War and the Arms Race.
  • The Space Race and The Olympics Lesson - This is part 7 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Make a full-size model of Sputnik 1, learn gymnastics moves and host a miniature Olympics gymnastics competition, experiment with sugar while learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more while learning about the Space Race and Russian Olympics. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the Space Race and Russian Olympics.
  • End of the Cold War and Russian Artists Lesson - This is part 8 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Recreate Kandinsky’s and Marc Chagall’s works, build and then knock down a model of the Berlin Wall, decorate pysanky eggs, make and eat kulich, and more while learning about the end of the Cold War and contemporary Russian artists. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the end of the Cold War and contemporary Russian artists.
  • Russia: Faberge, Chess, & Borscht – This lesson provides a simple overview of Russia. I have compiled all you will need to locate Russia on a map, cook a Russian meal, watch YouTube clips on Russia, color the flag, create a Russian craft, read a great book about Russia, and more!
  • Ukraine: A Missing Mitten, Pysanky Easter Eggs, & Babka Bread – If you would like to learn a bit more on Ukraine, visit my lesson at which I have shared all you will need to locate Ukraine on a map, cook a Ukrainian meal, watch YouTube clips on Ukraine, color the flag, create a Ukrainian craft, read a great book about Ukraine, and more!

Russia: Land of Endurance

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All of the above activities featured in the photos are just some of the many excellent activities featured in Russia: Land of Endurance by KONOS Curriculum. The curriculum is easy to follow, with a lesson full of activities for each day of the week. You can either buy the book or you can buy the lesson book along with needed craft supplies and books.

© 2013 Shannon

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