In social studies we have been studying the life of Paul Revere. The students have many questions about life in colonial America. Our anchor text for this unit was Who Was Paul Revere? by Roberta Edwards, which is a part of a great series of biographies. They were most appalled to learn that children growing up during Paul Revere's time were bopped on the head by their teachers if they did not follow directions. They enjoyed reading about the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party and then watching a cartoon version of the events on Liberty Kids, which I've linked on the social studies section under the "For Students" tab on this website. The students also put themselves into Paul Revere's shoes and wrote diary entries from his perspective. A few finished examples are below.
We will go on to study eight other historical figures this year--Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Cesar Chavez.
Below are some pictures of some other things we've been doing this month.