Colonial America Unit at Tierra Linda

It’s one thing to learn about Colonial times and the American Revolution by reading history books; it’s another to actually see history in action.  Ms. Scannell and Ms. Frick, 5th grade language arts and U.S. history teachers at Tierra Linda, developed an innovative project-based learning (PBL) unit about Colonial America in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Williamsburg is an outdoor history museum and town preserved in the time of 18th century America. Tourists can meet the townspeople, tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, women and the enslaved who explain their lives and perspectives. Last fall, supported by funding from the SCEF Educator Innovation Fund, Ms. Scannell and Ms. Frick traveled to Williamsburg to film this living history for their classes.  When they returned they posted the videos on Google Classroom, a class share site, over the course of a month.

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