Evan Moor’s History Pockets: Moving West, Grades 4-6 is part of our Winter Promise (American Story 2) curriculum. History Pockets work well for people like us who enjoy paper crafts and lapbooking. Here is the book and our pocket.
I mostly made it part of Sprite’s “On My Own” work. Each week I give her page numbers, and I let her choose which of the activities she’d like to photocopy and complete. Some of the reproducibles are more interesting than others.
I was a tad disappointed in the amount of reading pages in the History Pocket. You copy them, affix them to cardstock and read them. Not very interactive, but I used them as a chance for Sprite to practice identifying key points with a highlighter.
We use lots of living books in our studies, so reading information on reproducible pages is not necessary for us. I guess that if one used History Pockets as a stand alone curriculum/unit study, the factual pages would be essential. At any rate, we chose only the most interesting and relevant pages to read.
There were quite a few fun activities that you can see here — a quilting craft, a buffalo, a covered wagon shape book, a trunk, an animal mobile (that we converted to a minibook), a pop up train, and a poem. These are the parts Sprite enjoys the most.
There are also a timeline and a mapping activity included.
Overall, I find History Pockets a worthwhile supplement for a child who likes papercrafts. Like anything, we pick and choose which to do and what to omit. I plan to use the grades 4-6 Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt History Pockets next year.