Our class was divided into two groups to rehearse and perform "Paul Revere's Midnight Ride" by Robert Reed. Everyone had at least one part from a narrator to a Swiss yodeler. Some of the larger parts were General Gage, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, William Dawes, John Hancock, Captain John Parker and Major Pitcairn. After the performance, the students were able to share insightful connections from the play to actual historic events. More photos are on the website.
The Continental Army and British forces clashed as Mr. Quick led OMS fifth graders in several different demonstrations from the Revolutionary War. One battle that was highlighted was the Battle of Cowpens. Ask your child how the Continental Army defeated the British with their creative strategies. Visit the class website to see more photos!
How was the Revolutionary War like a game of tug-of-war? In many ways, this war was like a game of tug-of-war with surprising results! The team with more players, who were stronger and larger in size was very much like England with their large, trained soldiers. However, colonists had determination, knowing their victory and freedom was worth the sacrifices. They also had advantages fighting a defensive war with additional team members (allies) joining in. Our class participated in a meaningful discussion about the surprising "rules of the game" in our classroom followed by an actual game of tug-of-war where we could be safe, in the commons. Hopefully, this experience will provide a memorable connection for our students.