The Civil War always fascinated me. It happened in our own country, therefore it’s crucial for our kids to learn about it. If you want your kids to know more about American History, these resources and hands-on activities for studying the American Civil War will be all the information you need.
It is so interesting to me that there was a civil war in America. I know it had to happen, but to believe that it had to get to that point is intriguing to me. This war literally shaped their future. It shaped our today.
Why did the American Civil War even start?
I think when we think about the American Civil War, what we think about is the abolishment of slavery. I was hoping there wasn’t an ulterior motive. We genuinely hope the war was solely about freeing slaves.
History books say the war was primarily a result of the disagreements over the institution of slavery. Other sources state that the broader reason was the economics of slavery and the political control over the system.
I am overly simplifying the event, so bear with me. From what I gathered:
The Southern states didn’t care for the federal government’s laws, especially their right to own slaves. They also wanted to expand their territory westward and wanted to take their slaves with them.
The Northern states did not agree with slavery. At the same time, the Republican Party was growing and didn’t agree with the South’s ideas of western expansion.
Abraham Lincoln was from the Republican Party, and the Southern states knew they no longer had influence needed to have their way. Therefore, they decided to secede from the union, and this eventually led to the war.
It is obvious why we need to teach our kids about this monumental 4-year war on American soil.
The American Civil War was the deadliest war in American history. The North’s win over the Civil War led to the abolishment of slavery. Where would America be without this?
Our country is a melting pot right now, but had it not started with this civil uproar, what then? The result of the war changed the whole route of America’s future. The unjust and inhumane act of slavery had to go.
Studying the Civil War in your homeschool can get slightly dull for kids if you don’t teach it in a way kids can stay engaged.
Engaging activities for our kids when studying history can make all the difference. Scroll down for all sorts of free resources you can use to study the Civil War in your homeschool.
These hands-on activities for studying the Civil War will help get your kids excited about American History:
Project-Based Slavery and Civil War Unit Study | Our Journey Westward
Civil War Deck of Cards Project–No PREP! | Red Stick Teaching Materials
Salute to Social Studies with Civil War Projects! | The Social Studies Whisperer
Causes of the Civil War PBL: Worlds of the North and South Newspaper Project | Amped-Up Learning
Civil War “Housewife” Craft Activity (FREE Download) | Education.com
American History Crafts & Projects: the 1800s | A Book in Time
Civil War and Reconstruction Hands-On Review Puzzles | Active History Teacher
Create Your Own Trading Cards – Civil War Activities | Heart 2 Heart Teaching
Civil War Uniforms Internet Scavenger Hunt WebQuest Activity | Jersey Girl Gone South
Hands-On Civil War Activities for Kids | Educationpossible
CIVIL WAR Lapbook – Social Studies Activity | Project Based Learning with Elle Madison
FREE Civil War Timeline, Cover Page and Chart | Rockin Resources
Civil War Stations FREE Anchor Chart | Nadine Gilkison
FREEBIE! Civil War – Battles (Activities) | Bring Lit On
Mini-Interactive FREE Civil War Notebook | Karla’s Kreations
Civil Rights Timeline FREE Worksheet for Kids | Squarehead Teachers
Battle Station Activities – Civil War | Lit in Focus
Civil War ESCAPE ROOM! | Amped-Up Learning
I Have, Who Has/Looping Cards-Civil War | Amped-Up Learning
Civil War Battles: Station Activity Emoji Activity (baggies) | Active History Teacher
Need some help with resources to teach about the American Civil War in your homeschool?
I got you covered.
Grab these excellent resources to teach your kids all about the Civil War.
Grades 1-5 Civil War Unit Study | Creekside Learning
Causes of the Civil War Primary Source Analysis FREE Handout | Michele Luck’s Social Studies
FREE Civil War Quiz | Education.com
Civil War Notebooking Unit | Write Bonnie Rose
Copywork Civil War Activities for Kids | Write Bonnie Rose
Leaders of the American Civil War Coloring Book-Level B or C |Write Bonnie Rose
Civil War History Curriculum (FREE Educational Resource) | CivilWar.org
FREE Civil War Foldables for Interactive Notebooks | Not so Wimpy Future
Hands-On Civil War Unit Study | Susan’s Homeschool Blog
Civil War Important People Classroom Posters | Jersey Girl Gone South
FREE Civil War Facts & Worksheets | kidskonnect
15 Civil War Units for 5th Grade and Middle School | The Clever Teacher
American Girl Addy Civil War Unit Study | Field of Daisies
7 Teacher Approved Civil War Videos for Kids | The Clever Teacher
Learning about the Civil War for kids | 123Homeschool4Me
Differences Between North & South (Civil War) | Live Teach Wander
American Civil War Civil War Unit study | Adventures in Mommydom
32 Virtual Field Trips for American History | Bookshark.com
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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