Wars are very expensive to fight, and by the end of the French and Indian War King George needed money. But when the British king decided that citizens in America should provide that additional cash, it sparked a lot of anger. So much anger that it eventually led Britain into yet another war—this time with its own colonies! While learning about events surrounding the Revolutionary War, students are challenged to copy and understand the Declaration of Independence and portions of the Constitution. Literature transports us back to this exciting time through the eyes of George Washington, a 12-year old boy, some young patriot soldiers, and an adventurous water molecule. Of course, getting to know this little molecule leads directly to an investigation of atoms, molecules, water, clouds, and storms. State research and mapping continue through most of the Southern region, along with study of the seasons and rock cycle—all topped off with regional cooking and period songs, games, and activities!
In addition to the core resources, the Freedom Decided unit uses the following materials:
- Freedom Decided teacher manual
- Freedom Decided Student Notebook pages (three grade levels in downloadable .pdf format)
- The American Revolution (Munford Adventure)
- Guns for General Washington
- George Washington
- The Eve of Revolution
You will need to print student pages from the included PDF download file. For your convenience ready-to-use printed student pages are available for each grade. The six weeks of student notebook pages are only $15 for each grade level. (Hint: preprinted student pages save time, pre-planning, and wear on your printer/toner cartridges.) We really want to make life easier for you—if you buy all six units at once we'll give you one of them free!
Projects and games in the Freedom Decided unit include:
- Cornhole Platform
- Watercolor Activity
- Freedom Decided Bingo