Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression Unit Study and Lap Book

by | Jul 31, 2013 | American History, Lap Books, Lego, Mount Rushmore | 9 comments

I was adding one last picture to this post earlier when something went wrong and it all (the whole post!) disappeared…  I nearly gave up – these types of posts, filled with pictures and links, are too much work the first time, let alone the second – but I started over anyways.  Hopefully I remembered to add back everything and you all enjoy this little peek at the boys’ Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression Unit Study.  They completed it during our 4th quarter of last school year and this unit study wrapped up all my original plans, though we are continuing on with a quick study of World War II and the 20th Century this summer, before returning to Ancient History in September.  

Core Text: 
  • From Sea to Shining Sea (Chapters 18: The Wild West, Chapter 19: Land of Steel and Steam, and Chapter 20: Catholics in America) 
Lap Book Printables:

Additional Books read by the Boys: (You can see our original book list here.) 

Catholics in America
The Transcontinental Railroad
Henry Ford
My children love reading the Childhood of Famous Americans series – Our library doesn’t carry them but we have slowly been building our collection.
Theodore Roosevelt
Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Orphan Trains

The Wright Brothers
Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty

  • 850-1917 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini 
  • 1858-1919 Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1858-1955 St. Katharine Drexel 
  • 1862-1869 The Transcontinental Railroad 
  • 1863-1947 Henry Ford
  • 1867-1957 Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • 1867-1912 & 1871-1948 Wilbur & Orville Wright
  • 1867 “Custer’s Last Stand”
  • 1886 Statue of Liberty
  • 1891-1927 Blessed Miguel Pro
  • 1892-1943 Ellis Island
  • 1898 Spanish-American War
  • 1903 1st successful, powered, piloted flight April 
  • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake 
  • 1914-1918 World War I
  • 1914 The Panama Canal
  • April 14-15, 1912 The Titanic Sinks
  • Jan 26-Feb 2, 1925 The Serum Run to Nome
  • 1927-1941 Mount Rushmore
  • 1929-1930s The Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression
  • 1934-1937 Oklahoma Dust Bowl 
  • 1939-1945 World War II

I asked the boys to choose five people or events from the list above to add to their History Through the Ages Record of Time timeline book during this unit.  Here are a few pictures of their entries:

Rascal’s Timeline

Captain’s Timeline
*I ordered this Statue of Liberty but I decided to save it for Christmas… 
The Empire State Building
Building the Sopwith Camel 



Left Flap:
  • Timeline
Center Folder: 
  • Women Suffragists
  • The Amendments
Right Flap: 
  • Transcontinental
  • The Indian Wars

Left Flap:
  • What Would An Immigrant See?
Center Folder: 
  • The Orphan Trains
  • Seward’s Folly
  • Grandma’s Goodies
Right Flap: 
  • Chicago’s World’s Fair
  • Henry Ford


Left Flap:
  • Visiting Mount Rushmore
Center Folder:
  • The Oklahoma Dust Bowl
  • Disasters
Right Flap:
  • Serum Run to Nome
  • Getting to know Frank Lloyd Wright

1925 Serum Race to Nome
Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright


The boys also wanted to include a couple pictures from our visit to Mount Rushmore back in June of 2006!  On our way home from one of my brother-in-laws ordinations in Nebraska we decided to take a “little” detour to visit this National Monument.  We were younger crazy back then… and ended up driving over 2000 miles in 36 hours, taking turns and driving through the night, with our 4 little ones, arriving home the next evening.  
(Click on the pictures to enlarge.) 

Our swimming lessons have been cancelled for the rest of this week, due to the thick smoke and hazardous air quality, which is freeing up a little time to get back to our summer World War II Study since we must stay indoors anyways..  Please continue to pray for all those affected by the fires and especially for the safety of the firefighters.

Now back to decluttering our bookshelves… I have a Curriculum Sale Blog Hop to host tomorrow!


  1. Charlotte (WaltzingM)

    Oh my goodness! Look how tiny! Your little Chiquita still has the same face!

  2. Jessica Gordon

    I know!! That was back in the "pre-blogging" days… We had so much fun looking through the pictures from that trip recently. 🙂

  3. Joy Beyond the Cross

    Great recap Jessica! I am glad you went through the work of retyping it because I absolutely am ecstatic that the boys learned about the Orphan Train and I immediately added the book you linked to my wish list for Elizabeth. My husband's grandfather (so Elizabeth's great-grandfather) was an Orphan Train rider in the early 1900s and ended up in MN. In fact, the history of the Orphan Train is a passion for some of my in-laws and a few years ago they received some information from the NY Children's Home Society that shed some light on the circumstances of my DH's grandfather's trip on the Orphan Train. My DH's grandfather passed away several years ago and I never met him, but my DH tells many stories about him. One of his fondest memories of his grandfather was the way he absolutely treasured his wife and children because they were essentially the only family he had (as his adoption – or not so much was not exactly all that happy. He was 14 when he was sent on the Orphan Train and while treated okay, he was more or less hired help to some farmers in need.) I had never heard of the Orphan Train until I met my DH and I think it so fascinating. Thanks again for recommending that book! I can't wait to get it for Elizabeth and tell her about her history on that side!

  4. Maggie

    I was going to say the same thing…she looks exactly the same, just smaller 🙂

  5. Kimberlee

    Another fabulous lapbook, and so fun to see the pictures of your 'little' family! Such a sweet bunch!

  6. fadfd

    Ready for the book swap… though a few things I've already sold 🙂

  7. Anonymous


    Could you give some direction on how you approach the writing portions. Do the boys copy information or do they write a mini essay and then you correct it and then they write it down?
    I plan to use the American girl lap books for my 2nd grader next year.
    Even though it seems like alot of work to retype this blog, just know how much it is appreciated by us all. God bless you and your beautiful family.

    Barbara Ann

  8. Erin

    I love to see other families' history curriculum, and these posts make me very interested in those Time Travelers lapbook printables! Do your children read all the books included for each unit, and do they read them independently or are some read aloud to them? Do you have them narrate or write a summary or anythign like that to see what they get out of each book? I am curious as to how other families do this, as we also like to use lots and LOTS of books, and I am trying to think ahead to the older grades and how to coordinate it all! I already have one who reads so fast that I can't keep up, ha!

  9. Krista

    LOVE the Sopwith Camel Lego set (but you already knew that!)!!!!!!! They do such great building! I'd love to see some MOC's for history – using Lego can soooo bring history "alive" to create battle scenes, daily life, places, etc! I plan on using it with my daughter throughout her history curriculum and have her build her own creations as well as sets that correspond to certain time periods.

    Well done, guys!!! Keep building!


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