History that makes learning fun is the most memorable lesson, and the Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods make the learning stick.
We were able to choose 2 items from the huge list of Á La Carte products to supplement our history studies. We choose Mercenary Madness! File Folder Game and Journey Through the Middle Ages File Folder Game because we love a good competition.
The Á La Carte products are organized by historical era, and also by product type. You can choose from Ancient history, world history, early America, 19th century America, 20-21st Century America and Bible Times. Projects types include: Timelines, File folder projects or games, 3-dimensional projects, games, lapbooks & lapbook projects, notebooking projects and newspapers.
The products are downloadable and printable PDF files. Easy-to-follow instructions help guide you in the printing process. All you need is a file folder, some cardstock, a scissors, and glue! Once assembled, the games are flat and easy to store, with minimal pieces to keep track of :-)
We choose two file folder games - I love teaching and reviewing with games. Anytime we can add some fun competition, it doesn't feel like learning. We have been studying the Middle Ages this year, so the era fit perfectly to use as review. Both games are very easy to learn, and the main focus is reviewing facts from that particular era. Once printed, it was easy to cut out and color to personalize, it helps to have a paper cutter handy!
Our first one is Mercenary Madness! File Folder Game - This is a game designed for 2-4 players in grades 3rd-8th.
Players are mercenaries hired by their king in order to protect them. Each player races along their own path through the battelfield by answering questions about the Renaissance and Reformation.
Each correctly answered question earns a florin. Spoils and Spoilers along the path increase your chances of earning more florins. Arrive safely back at the castle and count your florins! The one with the most florins wins.
My testers loved this game! My testers range in age from 3rd - 7th grade. Since some had studied this time period, they did a bit better. But, the questions vary in difficulty and detail, so even my younger testers had fun. The game is fairly short, but you could play as long as you wanted to because there are numerous question cards. The only downside...cutting out all those tiny florins!
Our other game was called - Journey Through the Middle Ages File Folder Game. This game is for 2-6 players, grades 3rd-9th. In this game, you are a pilgrim on a journey through Europe during the Middle Ages.
You move along spaces by answering questions from this era. At each castle, you collect colored cards and once a pilgrim has collected one from each region, they win.
The questions cover a wide variety of topics with a theme of the Middle Ages. Questions about food, clothing, famous people, customs and more.
The board is a map, so you get to work on basic geography too. They are learning so much, but having fun along the journey!
I LOVE how these simple games have made reviewing history facts much more entertaining. My testers like them so much, they have played them over and over! They are extremely budget-friendly, and easy to assemble.
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