Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Friday!

Our classes finished our read aloud, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963. This wonderful story brought many class discussions about the the Civil Rights Movement as seen through the main character, Kenny's eyes. These conversations led to a short discussion about different kinds of civil rights in order to prepare us to visit our 8th-grade buddies civil rights projects.

We also prepared this week to begin our new read aloud, My Brother Sam Is Dead. This is a fast paced edge of your seat book. A Newberry book classic, This is a story about one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War.

All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave -- and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of the rebellion. Most are supporters of the British -- including Tim and Sam's father.
With the war soon raging, Tim knows he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father.

Students worked together to learn and define colonial and Revolutionary War vocabulary in order to better understand the plot. By researching and sharing this new vocabulary, they were also preparing for our trip to Boston. While in Boston, these colonial vocabulary words will come up throughout our day of learning, especially when we step back in time at The Old South Meeting House to argue for and against the Boston Tea taxes...trouble will be brewing!
Below is our itinerary for our day of fun in Boston. Please refer to my earlier email regarding preparations for our trip. We leave HMS at 7:15. Please have your child at school by 7:00. Pick-up at 6:00pm.

 Beginning at Bunker Hill

9:30-10:00    Arrive at Bunker Hill Monument

10:00-11:30 Bathrooms, visit museum- two flights up from bathrooms, climb, presentation

11:30 - 11:45    Bus pickup (drop off at North End Playground)

11:45 - 12:30
   *    North End Playground to Old North Church (stay for talk)

   *    Old North Church to Paul Revere’s House

   *    Paul Revere’s House to Faneuil Market

12:30 - 1:15    LUNCH AT FANEUIL HALL

1:15 - 2:00

Old State House to Ben Franklin Statue

Ben Franklin Statue to Kings Chapel and site of the first school house in America

2:00-3:00  Old South Meeting House (Tea is Brewing - 1 hour program)

3:00   Granary Burying Ground to Boston Common / Massachusetts State House   for bus pickup.

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