Mini Unit Study and Flapbook

Chapter by chapter resources and links for Story of the World:

Volume 2 Chapters 31-40

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Activities are aimed specifically at elementary age

Activities for middle school age

Activities for both age ranges

(I will continue to update as we work through these chapters and I find more resources to incorporate, as well as add pictures.)

Options for each chapter:

  • Read chapter
  • Answer review questions from activity book either written or orally (I usually write the questions in the notebook, leaving space between each for them to write the answers. It takes a little extra time to write the questions myself, but it helps me keep up to date with what they are learning and to know what to ask about.)
  • Mapwork from activity book
  • Coloring page from activity book
  • Pick a craft project from activity book
  • Timeline Entry or Timeline Cards  (We stapled the printable timeline inside the back cover of the notebook and add pages as we need them by taping them to the last one. It will end up accordion-like.)
  • Chapter Test

Chapter 31: Exploring New Worlds

    • Watch Animaniacs- Magellan Song**

    • Play the Spice Trader Game
    • Watch Crash Course World History #21: Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners**

Chapter 32: The American Kingdoms

  • Watch Chichen Itza-10 facts** [This one also mentions human sacrifice]

  • Watch Time Warp Trio- Me Oh Maya**

  • Read more about The Aztecs
  • Watch Ask History: What Happened to the Aztecs?**

Chapter 33: Spain, Portugal, and the New World

  • Watch Hernan Cortes: The Conquistador of the the Aztecs**

Chapter 34: Martin Luther’s New Ideas

  • Watch ‘Crash Course World History 2- Luther and the Protestant Reformation #218’


Chapter 35: The Renaissance

  • Watch Crash Course World History- The Renaissance: Was It a Thing? #22**

Chapter 36: Reformation and Counter Reformation

  • Read about The Reformation (read all sections; you can skip over Martin Luther if you already read it with chapter 34)
  • Watch A Fun, Animated History of the Reformatin and the Man Who Started It All**

  • Reformation Crossword Puzzle
  • Watch Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation** (this is a bit long-55 minutes- but covers a lot of good information)

Chapter 37: The New Universe

  • Watch Meet Galileo Galilei**

  • Copernicus Lapbook piece (page 19)
  • Just for fun, you could watch American Hero Classics: Galileo**

Chapter 38: England’s Greatest Queen

  • Watch Elizabeth I (1533-1603) Queen of England**

Chapter 39: England’s Greatest Playwright

  • Watch The Story of William Shakespeare for Kids**

  • Watch William Shakespeare-Playwright**

  • Shakespeare Word Search (at time of posting, this was a free download on
  • Shakespeare Lapbook piece (page 21)
  • Watch Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth (Part 1) and Gender, Guilt, and Faith-Macbeth (Part 2)**

Chapter 40: New Ventures to the Americas

  • Watch The Lost Roanoke Colony**

(Last updated 5/8/19)

I will continue to update with pictures and additional resources as we work through these chapters and I find more resources to incorporate.

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