Russian Revolution Activities

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

The Russian Revolution includes a series of events that took Russia from imperial rule to the formation of the Soviet Union. These activities are designed to provide hands on opportunities for learning about the Russian Revolution.

Egg of the Czars

Faberge eggs were treasured by the czars of Russia. This activity allows students to make their own gilded treasure.

Materials

  • Photos of some of the Faberge eggs of the Russian czars
  • Raw eggs
  • Paper cups or bowls
  • Pins
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Paints in assorted metallic colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue

Instructions

  • Begin by showing the class the photos of the Faberge eggs belonging to the czars of Russia and explain to them that they will be creating their own version.
  • Now pass out the raw eggs, one per student.
  • Have the students use the pins to carefully pierce the shell of the eggs at both ends.
  • The students will blow through one of the holes to eject the inside of the egg (yolk and white) out of the other hole and into the bowl or cup. This will be discarded.
  • Now have the students use the water to clean up any residue left in the egg.
  • Ask students to use the paper towels to carefully dry their empty eggshells.
  • Then, students should paint their eggshells in the style of the Faberge eggs portrayed in the photos.
  • Once the egg has been painted, students should decorate it with rhinestones in the Faberge style.

Mapping the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

The USSR held one of the greatest land masses in history. This activity allows students to map out the locales that together, constituted the USSR.

Materials

  • Large heavyweight white paper
  • Colored pencils

Instructions

  • Have students begin by researching the land mass of Russia pre and post revolution.
  • Once they have gathered the necessary information, students should begin to create their map of the USSR.
  • They should draw each territory and label it with the name and any key information about the region and its demographics.

Timeline of the Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution occurred over a period of time where the government transitioned from imperialism to communism. This activity allows students to chronicle key events in the process.

Materials

  • White butcher paper
  • Markers

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