History: Boston Tea Party

Weeks 28 and 29 of school we learned about the Boston Tea Party using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 17.

We added to our timeline. For the first time we had to put some on the facing page because the main timeline page is completely full.

We did mapwork.

We decorated cookies to demonstrate taxation without representation. After they spent some time making their cookies as pretty as they could, I told them I was taking a tax of one cookie each and they had no choice in which I took. Then I told them we were going to vote on having a cookie party later in the day and on how many cookies they would each contribute to the party. They got to choose which ones they wanted to contribute. We talked about how the first way was like taxation withOUT representation and the second was taxation WITH representation.

We made a model of Faneuil Hall.

We watched lots of YouTube videos including the Boston Tea Party episode of Liberty’s Kids.

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History: British India

Weeks 26 and 27 of school we learned about British India using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 16.

We added to our timeline.

We did mapwork (twice).

We watched two YouTube videos, one on nabobs and one on the Sepoy Rebellion.

We made a diorama of Cornwallis and elephants. I’m still not sure why the boys decided the background needed to be a unicorn with a cupcake on its rump.

History: Slave Trade

Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about the slave trade using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 14.

We added to our timeline.

We watched several YouTube videos including a documentary on the Middle Passage.

We labeled the parts of the triangular trade route on a map.

The boys held a debate on the pros and cons of the slave trade. Adrian was against, Fritz was for, and Cameron was the moderator. Fritz did a pretty good job of arguing for something he feels incredibly strongly against. He said he could do it because of playing Dungeons and Dragons.

The boys got under some chairs in a very small space (Cameron wasn’t actually able to fit at all) to show how uncomfortable it was on the slave ships.

History: The Thirteen Colonies

Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about the thirteen colonies using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 13.

We added to our timeline.

We did mapwork.

We watched YouTube videos on making candles.

And then we made beeswax candles. The boys very much enjoyed burning them.

We made toys and games with things we found around the house. Cameron made a turtle out of cotton and string, Fritz made a button stringing game, and Adrian made a sort of bowling game with pencils and a rock (and then the little boys played it for about 40 minutes).

We made hornbooks.

We watched a YouTube video on making quill pens and then we took turns writing with a quill and ink.

We had Colonial food for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was corn cakes, rice and raisin pudding, and breakfast hash. Dinner was chicken and dumplings, Indian fry bread, and Johnny cakes. Both meals were delicious!

We identified what last names go with which professions.

We watched a documentary on the Salem Witch Trials and a YouTube video on pirates and their ships.

History: Settlers

Weeks 18 and 19 of school we learned about settlers using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 12.

We added to our timeline. Some pages still have some space. Some are completely full.

We did did mapwork about Jamestown.

We watched YouTube videos about Roanoke and the Mayflower.

We watched YouTube videos about Plymouth.

And on building a wetu.

And then we made a model of one.

We did some mapwork.

We ate hasty pudding for lunch.

History: Conquistadors

Week 17 of school we learned about conquistadors using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 11. That was our last one week unit of the school year.

We added to our timeline. Some of the pages are getting crazy filled.

We did mini reports on conquistadors and put them inside conquistador hats.

We used the big wall map to figure out where the Inca Empire was compared to the countries of today.

We watched several YouTube videos.

We built a Galleon out of Legos.

We went hunting for hidden treasure (chocolate coins).