Evan-Moor History Pockets are one of the first resources we purchased when we began homeschooling 6 years ago. We grabbed these interactive workbooks in hopes they would help spice up our history lessons with Amelia. Years later, we are still using our History Pockets and have purchased additional editions over the years to coordinate with our history curriculum.
I wanted to share a little on how the History Pockets work, how we incorporate them into our history lessons and my opinion on them in general.
When we first started using the History Pockets, we were using the Native Americans edition. Amelia was only in 1st grade so we were just touching on the topic in history. She wasn’t very interested in listening to the textbook being read aloud so I wanted to find something she could work on while I read to her. I introduced the workbook and together we set up her first history pocket booklet.
I will say, it seems like a lot of work at first – gathering your supplies, cutting and gluing your booklet together, copying and cutting out the parts – but once you get the idea of how it all comes together it’s really not so bad.
Each edition will create a History Pocket book. The books have anywhere from 7 to 11 pockets which focus on a different aspect or category within the topic. For example, the Native American edition features different tribes, the Life in Plymouth Colony edition has pockets titled “Building a Village”, “The Family”, “Working in Plymouth Colony”.
The kids will cut out many of the components and glue them into the pocket or onto cardstock or construction paper. There are several items to color or complete. Also included are short informational pages that they can decorate and you can read together.
I suggest using the 12″x18″ construction paper for the pockets. We simply fold over the sheet to create the pocket and glue the sides down. Then we attach the pockets together using yarn or binder rings. This saves lots of time when setting up your booklet.
There are also some recipes and additional activities that require other supplies or prep work. We skipped a few of these activities for time reasons and filled them in later.
Supplies You’ll Need for History Pockets
- https://amzn.to/3gALcUFhttps://amzn.to/3gALcUFConstruction paper (we like the 12×18)
- Glue sticks
- Colored Pencils
- Yarn or Binder Rings
My Thoughts on History Pockets
Overall, we love using the History Pockets. It adds just enough hands on activity to our read aloud time and allows the girls something to discuss further. Many times we have talked about something mentioned in one of the pockets and used that to follow a rabbit trail for further learning.
There is also a Words to Know section that will allow the kids to create a vocabulary flip book or dictionary. This has been great for us because we add to it as we continue our lessons. Over time we end up accumulating flip books for each time period that we study.
I love that these are easy to pick up and start working in quickly. Other than having the supplies handy, there isn’t much prep work to the pockets. The additional activities and recipes may require some extra time and planning but you can always come back to those later or skip them completely.
Helpful tips – unless you are dead set on having the physical copy of the book, I suggest purchasing the e-book copy. Once I realized that with the e-book copy I can just print the pages as we work on each pocket it cut the prep to hardly any time at all.