Paul Revere’s Ride


Story Disk:

Bub colored our story disk and placed it on Massachusetts.

Cover Page:

Since the illustrations in Paul Revere’s Ride were created with watercolor, I asked the boys to use watercolor to create their cover art too!


Bible Verse:

I created a Paul Revere’s Ride Bible Verse pack.

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On Monday, the boys traced their Bible verses.

On Tuesday, I cut apart their Bible verse and they glued them in their FIAR Notebook.

Light of the World:

I created a John 1:5 Light Overcomes Darkness CRAFTivity.

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Lantern CRAFTivity:

First, the kids assembled their lanterns.

Next, they colored their candles and glued them in the lantern.

They glued on the Bible verse and placed them face-down on the contact paper.

They added yellow, red, and orange tissue paper squares.

They taped them on the sliding glass door. They looked beautiful.

Bible Verse:

The boys traced their verses on Monday.

On Wednesday, the boys glued their Bible verse in their FIAR notebooks.

Overcoming Darkness:

We talked about how God’s light ALWAYS overcomes darkness. We gathered light sources (i.e. a lantern and a flashlight) and headed for a dark closet.

After sitting in a dark closet, we brought in our lantern and saw how the light illuminated everything.

Afterwards, we used the flashlight to make shadow puppets. The kids LOVED this simple object lesson that doubled as a brain-break!



Jordan and I read Celebrating Massachusetts from the 50 States to Celebrate series.

Parker loved reading Larry Gets Lost in Boston.

Revolutionary War:

Jordan and I read If You Were a kid During the American Revolution.

Afterwards, we added “The Tea Party”, “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “Independence Day” in his FIAR notebook.

Paul Revere:

We spent a little time learning about the midnight rider.

Jordan read A Picture Book of Paul Revere.

Parker read the Step Into Reading version of Paul Revere’s Ride.


Calculating Age:

I created a Founding Fathers – Calculating Age worksheet set.

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As the boys completed their worksheets, they realized that some of our founding fathers lived long lives.

Colonial Coordinates:

The boys also worked on mapping the thirteen colonies on a Colonial Coordinate worksheet (The Mailbox).

Secret Codes:

We talked about signals and codes were helpful in winning the Revolutionary War.

I found a “pig pen” cypher code activity for the boys to work on.



I created a Paul Revere’s Ride Vocabulary worksheet.

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I converted the cut & paste vocabulary worksheet into a crack-the-code activity, because Parker really enjoyed the pig pen cypher activity.


The boys had to memorize a poem for their Sonlight Program. Originally, I planned to have both boys memorize Paul Revere’s Ride.

Paul Revere’s Ride:

I created a Paul Revere’s Ride Poetry Booklet.

You can download your FREE copy here at our TPT Store.

After a few stanzas, I realized it was too much for the time alotted. Jordan was already using a Wadsworth’s Hiawatha poem for his weekly dictation source.The boys chose a Robert Louis Stevenson poem instead.

Pirate Story:

Jordan chose to memorize Pirate Story. I created a Pirate Story Poetry Booklet for him to trace and illustrate as he memorized it.

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Jordan worked through his booklet, as he memorized his poem.

Windy Nights:

Parker chose to memorize Windy Nights. I created a Windy Nights poetry booklet for Bub a few years back. I printed a copy for Parker to trace and illustrate.

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Parker worked through his booklet, as he memorized his poem.


Light, Shadows, & Refections:

Jordan and I read Oscar and the Moth and All About Light.

Afterwards, Jordan made a shadow puppet.

We talked about how shadows appear any time something blocks the light.

Jordan also read The Magic School Bus Gets a Bright Idea.

Bub was inspired with a “bright idea” of his own. He got out his TOPs electricity bin and rigged a lightbulb.

Jordan and I also read Shadows and Reflections.


We read Hide and Seek Fog by Alvin Tresselt.

We headed to the kitchen to create fog in a jar. It was an easy way to see “the fog over the river” that Wadsworth described.


Colonial Architecture:

Jordan and I reviewed some of the elements of colonial architecture.

Jordan even tried to simulate some elements on Minecraft. In hindsight, I think Legos would work much better.

We also thumbed through some colonial books, looking for doric doors, rose windows, and pediments.

We also read Windows and searched for some of the colonial elements in modern-day buildings.

Water Reflection Art:

We read Reflections by Ann Jonas.

First, they sketched their scene with pencil.

Then they painted their water-reflection scene.

Parker painted the water then folded the page on itself to make a reflection of the moon and stars appear on the water.

Tin Lanterns:

I filled tin cans with water and placed them in the freezer.

The kids created their lantern designs.

I helped them punch the holes in their tin cans.

We put tea lights in the lanterns and watched them glow.


Pinterest Board:

You can find most of the activities, ideas, and printables from this post on our Paul Revere’s Ride Pinterest Board.

Youtube Playlist:

As with our other rows, we created a Paul Revere’s Ride Playlist with read-alouds, music, science, and other clips.

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