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River and Revolution

River and Revolution
Working in teams of two, students will roll dice and use replica 18th century figures to travel, either by land or river, on a huge (4' x 8') Hudson River map. Their goal is to visit as many of the 18 Revolutionary War sites (e.g. the Saratoga Battlefield, Clermont, Senate House, or West Point) as they can. It is a joy to watch the sense of amazement as student teams use a magnet to "mine" a piece of iron pyrite and realize that it came from the same mine that provided the ore for the Revolutionary War chain across the Hudson. Along the way they will encounter playing cards which challenge teams to decide What Really Happened, and to learn how the River influenced the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

Time Needed: 2 ½ hours     Grade Levels: 3 & Up


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