My goal for the kids is to understand what caused the Revolutionary War. I also want them to see both sides of the conflict. Anthony is a true Patriot. He feels that America is always right. Jerimiah, being a bit older, is more levelheaded. He sees that the treatment of the Colonies wasn't right, but that some of the actions of the Sons of Liberty were not right either.
The Stamp Act of 1765 is a great resource to explain the different taxes and limitations placed on the Colonies by King George III. From this book, the boys created note cards that defined each of the Acts and Proclamations that led to the Revolutionary War.
Eventually, we will be using these note cards to create a timeline of the Revolution. The kids enjoyed this activity, and I enjoyed that they enjoyed it. :)
We also reviewed the Boston Massacre. We watched the video at Mr. Nussbaum's web site. I love this site! I use it all the time. We talked about how the behavior on each side was responsible for the tragedy.
Next week we will start working on simple machines in Science, and we will study the Boston Tea Party in Social Studies.
How was your week?