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Keywords: American History, Boston Tea Party, Historical Simulation, Smart Board, Sequencing, Digital account
Subject(s): Video, Technology, Animation, Reading, Information Skills, Photography, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Drama, History
Grades 3 through 5
School: Blaney Elementary School, Elgin, SC
Planned By: Allison Burnham
Original Author: Allison Burnham, Elgin
Lesson Objective(s):
The students will view a poem on the Smart Board and memorize it.
The students will explain the causes and events of the Boston Tea Party and sequence the events on the Smart Board.
The students will simulate the Boston Tea Party.
The students will create a digital account of the Boston Tea Party.

Preparation:
The teacher will set up the Smart Board lesson. The teacher will set up the materials needed to make the Sons of Liberty disguises.

Introduction to the Lesson: The teacher will read aloud the poem (chant) on the Smart Board. Students will repeat after the teacher.

Lesson Activities:
1. The students will sequence the events of the Boston Tea Party by taking turns at the Smart Board.
2. Class discussion of events and consequences of their actions that followed the Tea Party.
3. Students will make their “Mohawk” disguises to simulate the Sons of Liberty members that dressed as Indians to dump the tea. The students will use newspaper to make a headdresses and tomahawks for the disguises. Colored paper may be used to make feathers for the headdress.
4. Students will chant their poem, “Rally Mohawks, bring out your axes, tell King George we’ll pay No taxes!” as they sneak down the hallway, headed to the Boston Harbor!
5. Students will “dump” their tea bags into the harbor (baby pool). Students will use flip cameras and digital cameras to record the simulation, documenting the events to recreate history.
6. Class discussion of consequences from the tea party. Students will list the consequences in their scrapbooks.
7. Students will work in small groups, using laptops and the recorded simulation to complete a digital account of the Boston Tea Party.

Comments
When students become part of history, in historical simulations, they remember what they have learned!!
Follow-Up
Students share the digital accounts of their Boston Tea Party with the class.
Materials: Whiteboards, Video Cameras, Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, DVD Camcorder, Hi-Def Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Point and Shoot, Yearbook, Digital SLR, Projectors, Digital Voice Recorders, Printers, Batteries, Memory Cards, Power, Flash/USB Drives, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Slideshow, Timeline, Hardware Devices