Mr. & Mrs. David Dupee Grant: Walking the Freedom Trail

  • School Year: 2016-2017
  • Applicants: Matthew Dicks, Lead Teacher
  • School: Wolcott
  • Subjects: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology

Fifth grade students at Wolcott Elementary School will walk the Freedom Trail in Boston as part of their study of the American Revolution. In the fall and winter, these students will study colonial Boston and the Revolutionary War from their classrooms using books, online resources, and a colonial simulation game. This field trip in April will enhance their studies by allowing them to experience the history firsthand. The students will visit the Bunker Hill Monument and tour the USS Constitution in addition to walking the Freedom Trail and stopping at historical sites such as the Boston Common, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, several graveyards and Paul Revere’s home. They will experience the history while videotaping and photographing their visit in order to produce a video of the events of the day. In post production, back at school, students will write scripts for voiceovers of the videos and photographs. The final product will be a DVD of the trip that each student will receive at the end of the year. This unique opportunity will enhance the 5th grade social studies curriculum by bringing material in books to life, in addition to providing students will the opportunity to read and write with great authenticity.

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