Did you know that Mystery of History Folder book contains answer keys for the mini books? Each figure has notes already typed and ready to be taped into the mini books. This is great for younger students, reluctant writers, or for completing a folder book in a morning. I decided in reviewing the first quarter we would spend the morning constructing (affiliate link) The Mystery of History folder book.
Over the past year I have gotten really carried away with note booking pages. Doing notebook pages and folder books can be overwhelming. I don’t recommend trying to do both since the goal for both is taking notes on the lesson.
Mystery of History Folder Book: Supplies
- Figures printed on card stock
- 2 file folders per folder book
- Double sided tape, glue or glue stick
- crayons or markers
I started my boys with cutting out the title and date figures while I put together their Mystery of History folder book. To keep them from getting tired cutting, we cut out figures for the first flap and then would tape them down to the folder book. Once they were taped down I would have the boys add some color with highlighter or crayons. Then they took turns reading the mini books aloud. Once they were done reading we would start cutting out the mini books for the next flap.
Mystery of History Folder Book: Helpful Tips for Review
- I left the labels for each section on the table for the boys to choose which one went with theme of the flap.
- I took turns helping them cut out figures and taping them down.
- We discussed which activities were our favorite while we were cutting.
- I would ask the boys why certain mini books had the shapes they did.
- If they could not remember why we would look the lesson up in the book.
- I used the answer keys for the mini books to focus on review of the material, not taking notes.
- I would recommend having a full roll of double sided tape, or even two.
Some questions to ask why constructing the mini books:
- Why is there a mountain on the island of Crete figure?
- Why is the Gideon figure in the shape of clay pot?
- Why does the Jericho figure look like a wall?
- What does the Sumerian figure look like?
It took us about two hours to complete the whole quarter one folder book. We did not add anything fancy, just cut out figures and taped them down. If you have never completed a folder book you can buy just the first semester of (affiliate link) Mystery of History folder book and give it a try.
The next day my sons did really well with quarter one wrap-up. Completing the folder book for review really helped them.
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