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This week we watched episodes 6-12 from the outstanding Liberty Kids video series. (If you have middle school+ age children you might want to check out The Founding of America Megaset) Goofy so looks forward to each exciting & informative new episode! I find in his free time he is often times roll playing scenes from the series!
We studied the following events from the Revolutionary War this week.
- Lexington & Concord - April 18, 1775 (we acted this out beginning with Paul Revere’s Ride performed by Tinkerbell =-)
“One if by land, two if by sea.” Paul Revere
“The British are coming! The British are coming!”
“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war; let it begin here.” Captain John Parker
- We held minute man drills – We practiced being minutemen who were ready in a minute to fight the British. We grabbed a backpack, gun, and hat. This was so much fun all week long. Goofy reminded me as he went to bed that the British might come in the middle of the night =-) They did wake him up a couple of times – like this one!
- Raid on Fort Ticonderoga - May 10, 1775 The Americans raided the fort to get needed ammunition. (Ethan Allen, Green Mountain Hero)
- Bunker Hill June 17, 1775 – To the shock & surprise of the British, Col William Prescott’s troops built a a fort on Bunker hill almost overnight. Bunker Hill was the first large battle. They did not have very much ammunition – so the patriots were told “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” Col William Prescott (saying originated with Prince Charles of Prussia)
- Paul Revere’s midnight ride – was an American silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. "The British are coming. The British are coming."
Paul Revere was a silversmith so we made a silversmith pot using a foil pan, hammer & nails.
- Thomas Jefferson – was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801-1809). He also represented Virginia at the Continental Congress, as their governor, and after the war as minister to France.
- John Hancock – was one of the wealthiest men in Colonial America, was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the 2nd Continental Congress and as Governor of Massachusetts. His large, stylish signature was the first on the Declaration of Independence making "John Hancock" synonymous for signature in the United States.
We practiced making our own stylish signatures.
- John & Abigail Adams - John Adams was an American Founding Father, lawyer, Massachusetts statesman, diplomat and political theorist. A leading champion of independence in 1776, he was the second President of the United States (1797-1801). Abagail is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses.
- Daniel Morgan - was an American pioneer, soldier, and United States Representative from Virginia. One of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War leading "Morgan's Riflemen" (he is included in other books from the Timeline section)
Check out the rest of the American Revolutionary War Series below and for more fun history units check out my Colonial American / Early Settlers Unit and Early Explorers Unit below.
- American Revolutionary War # 1 – War is Brewing
- American Revolutionary War #2 - The Shot Heard Round the World
- American Revolutionary War #3 - Declaration of Independence
- American Revolutionary War #4 - Freedom at last!
- 3 Dinosaurs has several great posts with: books, trips, a sensory bin, and activities for studying the Revolutionary War.