Reformation Day Unit Study Resources...and Free Notebooking Pages

On October 31, people around the world will celebrate Reformation Day. Traditionally October 31, 1517 is said to be the day that Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, kicking off the Protestant Reformation

Although it’s never been confirmed that Luther truly did nail his theses to the door of the church, it has been verified that he mailed them to the archbishop on that date. So this date has been considered that start of the Protestant Reformation. And Reformation Day is a great time to introduce some church history and learn about the effects of the Protestant Reformation. This year- 2017- is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so it’s an especially great time to study it with the kids.

Reformation Day unit study

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In this post I’m sharing resources that you can use to create a Reformation Day unit study. And don’t forget to pick up your FREE Reformation Day notebooking pages here. The kids can use them in conjunction with the unit study. (If you’ve never created your own unit study, this post will walk you through it in five steps, and it includes a free unit study planner.)


When Lightning Struck: The Story of Martin Luther by Danika Cooley (middle school/high school)- I reviewed this book from the author of the Bible Road Trip series here. And when you go to Danika’s site to purchase the book, you can get a free study guide.

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul Maier (kindergarten/elementary)

The Life of Martin Luther: A Pop-up Book by Agostino Traini (preschool/kindergarten)

Inside the Reformation: The Times That Change the World (upper elementary/middle school)

Audio/Video Resources

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith DVD about Martin Luther is animated and intended for upper elementary and younger middle school ages.
Martin Luther : In His Own Words is an audible book collection of some of the well-known writings of Luther.
A Return to Grace: Luther Life and Legacy is a movie version of the life of Martin Luther. It was produced this year- 2017- in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and is supposed to be one of the most accurate accounts of the reformer’s life.
John Greene’s Crash Course history is intended for high school students. This YouTube video gives a great overview of the Reformation- from a secular perspective.


Ducksters has a good overview of the Reformation for kids on this page.

BBC Bitesize has a large section about the Reformation. It includes much more than just the story of Martin Luther, looking at events going on in world history, changes in rulers and powers, and the ideas behind the Reformation.

Kahn Academy has a whole series of lessons on the Protestant Reformation.

The Five Solas are the doctrinal foundations of the Reformation. You can read about them here.

You can read Luther’s 95 Theses here.

Reformation Day unit study resources

Activities and Crafts

Use this free printable to print and color Martin Luther’s seal. You can learn about the meaning of his seal here.

This is another Reformation coloring page.

Create a simple stained glass craft with these instructions.

The Holiday Zone has a whole host of activities- including some printables- for Reformation Day. Click on the dot next to each category to find them.

Talking Mom2Mom has some intricate coloring pages for the 5 Solas for free here.

Create your own quill pen to write like Luther with these instructions.

Make beautiful illuminated letters with these instructions.

Pre-made Unit Studies, Lapbooks, and Printables

Homeschool Share has a free Reformation Day unit study that includes lapbooking and notebooking components.

Proverbial Homemaker has a free 131 page printable pack. (It looks like this may be for a limited time, but it is worth checking out!)

Find a Martin Luther Lapbook and Mini Unit from Creative Learning Connection on CurrClick.

You can also find this Reformation Day Activities book from A Godly Legacy Publishing.

Don’t forget to pick up your FREE Reformation Day notebooking pages pack. It includes six pages that you can copy as many times as needed, as well as a map of Europe so that you can mark important places as you study the Reformation.

Free Reformation Day notebooking pages

As Reformation Day approaches- or any time of the year that you want to introduce some church history into your curriculum- these resources will help you learn about the reformers and this important period of history.

Do you celebrate Reformation Day?

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