Mrs. Sheridan is always searching for innovative ways to engage her students in Social Studies. Recently, she discovered an effective way to enhance her 7th Grade Students’ understanding of the American Revolution by taking the classroom into the Hudson Valley. With the assistance of Teaching Hudson Valley, Mrs. Sheridan spent a day of discovery with her class at Boscobel House in Garrison, NY.
The students first participated in an interactive role playing activity called “Patriots and Loyalists.” Using a 12’ x 4’ oversized floor map, Lisa DiMarzo, Boscobel’s Museum Educator, assigned students parts to recreate major military strategies and battles throughout the Hudson Valley. Through storytelling and artifacts the students were able to make direct connections to the material taught back in their classroom. On the Boscobel Home grounds the students were also able to see firsthand where the Patriots stretched the “Big Iron Chain” across Hudson River in attempt to prevent British ships from sailing upriver.
The class also learned about life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by touring Boscobel. In addition, the students observed and engaged with period artifacts in order to appreciate daily life in America 200 years ago.
SDSC is grateful to Teaching Hudson Valley for awarding Mrs. Sheridan an “Explore Award” to finance the cost of transportation to Boscobel Home. Teaching Hudson Valley is an education project of the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program.