Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Break (And American Revolution Resources)

Spring has sprung!  (When I started writing this post it was snowing, but thankfully, almost all of that snow has melted, and it's been like 60 degrees this week!)

In honor of the lovely spring weather, I bought a little bouquet for my classroom.  It definitely brightened things up for a couple days!  :)


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For spring break, Mr. Wolf and I took a week-long trip to Boston, Mass.  Any New England bloggers out there?  We had such a blast, and I am so excited to share our experience with you!


Our first stop was the Boston Tea Party Museum.  It was the perfect attraction for kids, because it was very interactive.  First, we held a mock town meeting to discuss what we should do with the thousands of crates of tea sitting in the harbor.  After the decision was made to throw it overboard, we went out onto the good ship Eleanor and threw some crates of tea over.  Huzzah!

We went inside the museum to learn about what happened after the Boston Tea Party, and the events to take place prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord (the shot heard 'round the world).  

(Is your elementary school history lesson starting to come back to you….?)


If you live elsewhere in the US, and still want to learn about the Boston Tea Party or the Battle of Lexington and Concord, check out Liberty's Kids.

Liberty's Kids is a show that does a really nice job of illustrating these events.  There are tons of episodes about the American Revolution.  I wish I could post them all!

Episode 1:  Boston Tea Party

Episode 6:  The Shot Heard Round the World



We also went inside the Old North Church (you know, the lanterns… "one if by land, two if by sea")


The pews in the church were almost shoulder-high.  Back in the day, it could get so cold in the church that they needed "room-like" pews to huddle up and keep warm.  I think it's so neat that this church still holds services every Sunday!


Just a short walk down the Freedom Trail was Paul Revere's house.  No photos were allowed inside, but it was really interesting to see what a typical house was like for that time period.




Speaking of Paul Revere, check this book out!

A Picture Book of Paul Revere     by David A. Adler

Aside from the Liberty's Kids videos I talked about earlier, here are some great books to supplement your lessons! 

John, Paul, George, and Ben     by Lane Smith


We the Kids     by David Catrow


Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?     by Jean Fritz

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{{Side Note:  Just down the block from Paul Revere's house was Mike's Pastry- couldn't resist a cannoli!}}

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We also took the subway to Harvard, where we visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  It had such an impressive collection!

Prehistoric skeletons...



Shells…




And a WHALE skeleton!  With the teeth (baleen) and all!




This exhibit was of GLASS flowers.  All anatomically correct, from seed to flower to fruit.  Very cool!





My favorite room, though, was filled with hundreds of rocks and minerals.  The sizes and colors were brilliant!  There was a field trip at the museum when we were there, and the kids in this room were going nuts with all of the rocks to see.



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We stopped at Boston Public Garden to visit Mrs. Mallard and her little ducklings:  Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack, and Quack.  They were all bundled up in their little scarves!  :)


If you do not have Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey in your classroom library, you must!  It's a classic!


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Another awesome attraction we visited was the New England Aquarium.  The design of this aquarium is so unique!  The center of the aquarium is a huge 4-story tank, with a spiraling ramp leading to the top.  You could view the tank from every angle!


Along the way, there were smaller tanks showing different water habitats.




This is the view from the top of the center aquarium.



And the view straight down, into the penguin exhibit!


The New England Aquarium was a great place to learn about freshwater and saltwater habitats.  If you are going on an aquarium field trip, head over to my TpT store and download my Aquarium Field Trip Recording Sheet for FREE!


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Mr. Wolf and I LOVED every minute of our trip!  We even got to see some of my cousins, which was SO fun!  :)




Whew!  I am sorry for such a long post, but hopefully you gathered some useful resources along the way!  What did YOU do for spring break??

Until next time,
- Miss Woodward

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