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Russian Revolution Lesson

Updated on November 17, 2014
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

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!

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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.

Communism

Enduring a "Communist" Lunch

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

Marx and Marxism (An Impact Book)
Marx and Marxism (An Impact Book)

This was the best children's book on Karl Marx that I could find. It's a chapter book that covers his personal life and then goes through his theories. It is written in such a manner that even my 10 year old could understand it.

 

YouTube Clips We Enjoyed on Karl Marx & Communism

World War I

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 "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. If you're looking for chapter books, I'd recommend "Flying Aces of World War One" by Gene Gurney.

America Becomes a World Power: 1890-1930- Graphic U.S. History (Saddleback Graphic: American History)
America Becomes a World Power: 1890-1930- Graphic U.S. History (Saddleback Graphic: American History)

This is a graphic history (comic book style) book focused on American history. It includes the period during World War I.

 
World War One: 1914-1918 (Campfire Graphic Novels)
World War One: 1914-1918 (Campfire Graphic Novels)

This is a longer graphic (comic book style) novel that depicts World War I including Russia's participation. It has some violent illustrations so is not suitable for younger children.

 

Our Favorite YouTube Clip on World War I

Russian Revolution

Creating soviet flags

The Royal Diaries: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914
The Royal Diaries: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

My daughters are not old enough to read chapter books, so we didn't read this. It does focus on Anastasia and includes the Russian Revolution.

 
Angel on the Square (Russian Saga)
Angel on the Square (Russian Saga)

This is a good historical fiction chapter book about a girl who becomes a lady in waiting to the Romanov family and friend to Anastasia. She describes what life is like prior, during, and after the Russian Revolution.

 

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.

Eva's Gift
Eva's Gift

This is a shorter (76 page) chapter book about a girl who solves riddles about Russia in order to uncover her Russian heritage. One chapter is committed to the Romanov family.

 
Russian Revolution (Wars That Changed the World)
Russian Revolution (Wars That Changed the World)

This 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.

 

Need More Activities and Ideas?

The below free unit studies are geared toward 7th graders:

The Russian Revolution

Seeing Red at the Winter Palace

Playing Capture the Flag:

The Reds vs. The Whites in the Russian Civil War

Ready for more?

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

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.

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