After working our way forward from the Declaration of Independence to the abolishing of slavery we went back to the near beginning of it all with The Boston Tea Party. This was a Trinity’s choice topic. She had heard about it in passing and was very interested in finding out why “so much yummy tea was wasted.” Yup, my frugal little girl was quite put out by what she saw as an avoidable waste. “Why didn’t they just take it home, or tell them to take it back?”
So we based our unit on the DVD series Liberty’s Kids. It often goes on sale on Amazon. This 40 episode series is a great way to look at the events leading up to US independence. We actually plan to watch all the episodes over time and continue our biographies based on each featured person from history. We found a form sheet for our biographies thanks to Template.net. They have varying levels of difficulty and format to chose from. We specifically chose THIS ONE.
There was a nice selection of books to choose from at our local library.
- What Was the Boston Tea Party by Kathleen Krull
- Ropes of Revolution by J. Gunderson
- Colonial Voices Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters (We chose to have the twins go person by person and write about their reaction to the planning of the Boston Tea Party. This is a terrific book for really looking at the people and the occupations of the era)
- You Wouldn’t Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party! by Peter Cook
- America’s Tea Parties Not One But Four! by Marissa Moss (this was a little mature for our project)
- The Boston Tea Party by Steven Kroll