Students were asked to re-enact the Battles of Lexington and Concord in partners using plastic soldiers, a map of the Battles, and an article about them.
- Note-taking page
- Plastic soldiers/ horse
- Red spray paint
- Article about Lexington and Concord (I used: http://www.kidport.com/reflib/usahistory/americanrevolution/lexingtonbattle.htm)
- Map (I used: http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-166455)
I purchased a bag of small plastic soldiers from the Dollar Store and a can of red spray paint from Michael's. I sprayed some soldiers to represent the red-coats. One of the other teachers had some Lego weapons and a Lego horse and guy which I borrowed to be Paul Revere. I could have also found a plastic horse at the dollar store and cut some weapons from the plastic soldiers to create a weapons stash.
I photocopied the map onto 11x17 paper at school, colored it in, and laminated it to use through multiple years. Alternatively, you could have students draw and color their own maps on large paper.
Students worked in pairs to create a script and then were called up to read their script and "act it out" by moving the correct soldiers accordingly on the map.
My high school English Learners (ELs) loved this activity and were really creative in acting it out. Because it was tactile, students really remembered it and were able to summarize the battles with ease later in the year. It was a great way to build academic vocabulary for my lower-level ELs. This could also be very successful with middle school students.