Thursday, September 7, 2017

Paul Revere's Ride

Our latest FIAR (Five in a Row) read (Volume 3) was Paul Revere's Ride, the famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand.  This was a fun book to study.
To learn more about the colonial times, we read through Evan-Moor's History Pockets: Colonial America ...
... and Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World by Laurie Carlson.  (Later on in this post, you will see we completed several projects out of this book.  I highly recommend this one.)
We then read pages 88-92 of The Complete Book of Unites States History, entitled, "The Shot Heard Round the World" ...
... followed by ... If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore ...
... and Who Was Paul Revere? by Roberta Edwards.  (We love these books.)
We then read about "A Massacre in Boston" on pages 88-92 of A History of Us: From Colonies to Country: 1710-1791 (Book 3) by Joy Hakim.  (The cover depicts that same event.)
We colored and placed our story disk over Boston next.
I love looking at all of our old disks, remembering our many book studies.
It was time for some hands-on work!  We used this Scholastic Colonial America activity book to put together a "Map of Old Boston" and the "Boston Town Meeting Pop-Up Book" (pages 23-26).
Here is Maggie's map.
We colored the "Old South Meeting House" and the "Paul Revere House" to set them apart on our map.
To know how to color the Paul Revere house, we watched a short documentary on the real place at (below).
The Old South Meeting House is featured on a video by the same tour company at (below).
Here is Maggie's pop-up of "A Town Meeting in Boston."  She colored the man at the back (with Revere's signature tricorn hat) only to represent Revere among the others.
We then watched Liberty's Kids' "Midnight Ride" episode at (part 1 of 2), below, and ...
... at (part 2 of 2), below.  (Maggie enjoyed these.)
After that, we watched the "No More Kings" and "The Shot Heard 'Round the World'" songs on our School House Rock! DVD.  (Those same videos are below.)
Here is "No More Kings" (at ...
... and "The Shot Heard 'Round the World'" (at  (Maggie loves these videos!)
To summarize what we had learned about Paul Revere up to this point, Maggie completed a notebooking page that we found at
For lunch one day that week, she had clam chowder, a favorite among the colonists.
Later, we listened to the same poem by Longfellow again, read with pictures, on YouTube at (below).
We read another of his poems, "There Was a Little Girl," on page 63 of Evan-Moor's Read and Understand Poetry workbook.
We then watched a fun video with puppets called "The Midnight Ride of Me and Paul Revere" at (below).  Maggie giggled through it.
We talked a lot about the art of this book, including the use of light as a main theme, the use of light and contrast, the colonial architecture in the paintings, and the reflections in the water.  We decided to make a picture that depicts reflections in the water like we saw in the book using the instructions at  First, Maggie folded a piece of copy paper in half, and using a Crayola Washable marker, made a distinct line through the middle of the sheet along the fold.
Then, continuing to use the washable markers, she drew a scene on the top half of her paper.  (She chose to draw a large, colonial-style house.)  Once drawn, we took a spray bottle filled with water and squirted the bottom half of her paper to get it good and wet.
Then we folded our paper in half again, bringing Maggie's drawing down onto the water.
Once open, you can see her drawing is now reflected on the bottom half, like the home sits on the edge of a pond or lake.
All dry!  It looks great!
Reflection art.
Paul Revere was a silversmith by trade, among other things.  We watched a fun, informational video about his many talents at (below) ...
... before we watched another video about "Colonial Silversmithing" at (below).
We decided to "Silver Plate a Tray" using the instructions on pages 32-33 of Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World (mentioned at the top of this post).  First, using some yarn dipped in glue ...
... Maggie made designs onto a small, metal tray I had in our junk box for just such projects.  (Our cat, Emmett, always shows up when we have a yarn craft, sneaky guy!)
Once the glue had dried, she carefully covered the tray with a piece of aluminum foil, being sure to press it against her yarn design.
Then she took a toothpick to the foil to gently engrave more designs onto her tray.
Silversmith Mags!
For dinner that night, we had shepherd's pie (another colonial favorite).
Also from Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World, we got the idea to make a quill pen and homemade ink using walnut shells (pages 104-105).  Here, Mags is cracking twelve walnuts for their shells.
We then rolled over them with a rolling pin to get smaller pieces.
According to the book, the smaller your pieces, the better.  We didn't do too well.  If my husband had been home, we would have had him take a whack at them, but we made do.  Here are our shells, on the stove top to extract some of their color.
After twenty-four hours, we had plenty of brown liquid, but I feared it was not dark enough.
We cut the quill of our turkey feather as instructed, and dipped it into our homemade ink.
Yes, it was way too light.
Luckily, I had some regular ink.
The quill worked great!
In the poem, Longfellow references fog on Revere's ride.  We talked about what fog is and read the April 2016 issue of Ask magazine (the Up in the Clouds issue), including the cute cartoon on the back cover about fog.
We then decided to make the "My Pet Cloud" in a jar, as instructed on page 28 of that same issue.  For the same, we used a jar filled with 1/2-inch of hot water ...
... the jar's lid filled with ice ...
... and a lit match.  Waving the lit match over the opening of the jar, we quickly blew it out, dropped it in (capturing some of the smoke) ...
... and placed the lid full of ice on top, as shown below.  Immediately, a cloud started forming in our jar.
We talked about why and how this happens and in a few minutes, we were ready to let our pet cloud escape.  We lifted the lid and watched our cloud float out of the jar and dissipate into the air.  Neat!
Next, we decided to make the "Gingersnaps" recipe on page 41 of Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World, and we were glad we did.  They were DELICIOUS.  I'll share.  (Click on the image itself to see the recipe larger.)
 We got right to work making our gingersnaps!
Maggie loved rolling them in the sugar!
Our house smelled amazing!
And they tasted so good.  Maggie had six!  I couldn't believe it.
Before it was all over, we looked through The First American Cookbook: A Facsimile of "American Cookery," 1796 by Amelia Simmons.  This was an interesting read!  We learned how to cook a turtle (gross) and learned how much the colonists liked their puddings.  The British influence was evident.  We decided to make our own pudding, "Hasty Pudding," another recipe from Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World, page 40.
Here, Mags is mixing the start of our "Hasty Pudding."
 With a pat of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar, we were ready to dig our spoons in!
 Honestly, it wasn't too bad.  It was Maggie-approved!
We loved this row!  Next up?  We study Roxaboxen from Volume 4.  Check back for that post soon!

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