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How did relations between Britain and the colonies change after the French and Indian War?

Download this lesson GRADE LEVEL Upper Elementary, Middle, High School STANDARDS AND SKILLS VS.4, VS.5, US1.5, US1.6, VUS.4, VUS.5 Demonstrating Comprehension; Comparing and Contrasting; Determining Cause and Effect; Using Information Sources; Organizing Information; Questioning and Critical Thinking Skills This lesson also meets national standards for social studies. LESSON OVE

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What was everyday life like in colonial Virginia?

Download this lesson GRADE LEVEL Upper Elementary, Middle, High School   STANDARDS AND SKILLS VS.4, VS.5, US1.5, US1.6, VUS.4, VUS.5 Demonstrating Comprehension; Comparing and Contrasting; Determining Cause and Effect; Using Information Sources; Organizing Information; Questioning and Critical Thinking Skills This lesson also meets national standards for social studies.

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Seeds of Plenty

What do corn, tobacco, flax, and sage all how in common? Find out how crops and herbs – medicinal, practical, culinary and cash crops alike – all shaped life in Virginia as you explore our Revolution-era farm. Perfect for adult groups. Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “This program was perfect for my students. It aligned with the state standards and pro

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Yorktown Gallery Sampler Tour

Are you a patriot or a loyalist? Find out which side of the Revolution you stand on as you explore our state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and displays in our gallery. Learn about the people, politics and issues that founded the United States of America. For all ages. Great for adults! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “This was a really good tour for

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Revolution and the New Nation

What challenges faced the Founding Fathers as they struggled to form a new nation? Discover how George Washington and other Founding Fathers won the Revolutionary War and created the foundational documents of the United States of America, including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Constitution. Students engage in role play and document analysis as they take sides in t

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Yorktown Living History Sampler

Explore our recreated Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm in this interactive experience that shows life in Virginia before, during and after the Revolutionary War. For all ages Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “After studying Yorktown and Colonial time in the classroom, it's excellent for the student to experience the real history in p

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Revolutionary Virginia

Lots of information was recorded about famous people of the American Revolution, but what about everyone else? Students analyze primary sources and reproduction artifacts in collaborate groups to understand the lives of ordinary 18th-century Virginians during the American Revolution. Visit the recreated Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm to hear stories of those who made choices i

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Dig Deeper: A Chance for Freedom

Take an empathetic journey as we connect with the lives of enslaved people during the American Revolution from their perspectives. Students discover what the daily lives of enslaved people were like through hands-on activities in the Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. They then make the difficult decision – What is my best chance for freedom – to stay or to go? For grades 4 and u

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Dig Deeper: Yorktown Under Siege

Join the Continental Army and their French allies as they seek to trap Cornwallis at Yorktown! Groups discover how soldiers built trenches and redoubts to fend off their enemies. They master the skills of laying out fortifications in the 18th-century style by actually building their own. They learn how the weather and physics helped seal the fate of the British army. This tour combines hands-on hi

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Dig Deeper: Crack the Code

Can you get an important message to General Washington? The Revolution is at stake and only you can use common letter, numerical and masking codes to get this vital information secretly to headquarters! Students work cooperatively to analyze intelligence reports and decide which information to send to General Washington. They encode, send and decode messages while exploring the stories of Washingt

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