Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tiny Ted Goes to Yorktown, Virginia

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach - the lady who took Tiny Ted to America has passed him on to Mr Michaels, a teacher-in-training in her class at the College of William and Mary. Mr Michaels has been commenting on Elliott's and Oscar's blogs so it is great to see a connection there! Mr Michaels is the tall one!
Tiny Ted got to go on a field trip with Chris and his fourth grade class from Magruder Elementary School to Yorktown, Virginia. Virginia is on the east (right) coast of America. Yorktown is where Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington in the American Revolutionary War.
We will learn more about that next term but in the meantime here are some photos of Tiny Ted's big day out. Notice the spelling of the word 'centre'- Americans spell it like that!

Yorktown is a part of what is known as the Historic Triangle, which consists of Williamsburg , Jamestown, and Yorktown. Magruder Elementary is located in Williamsburg.
In this photo Ashley and Tiny Ted look in the generals' tent looking at important war documents. Tiny Ted is learning lots about America! Here he is with Jasmine, in a Revolutionary soldier's outfit, with Tiny Ted and her Mom (Mum in New Zealand speak).
To raise money for the cost of the French & Indian War, King George III heavily taxed the colonists. One of the most important taxes was the Stamp Act, which required almost all paper products to be taxed. Playing cards were doubly taxed since gambling was illegal. The King assumed that the colonists were gambling anyway, so he made the tax on playing cards double to raise more money. Here, Keyera and Tiny Ted play with a reproduction of a set of playing cards that have been stamped.
James and Tiny Ted sit next to Patrick Henry's famous quote, "Give me liberty or give me death." on the time line.
Anthony and Tiny Ted show the rest of the class one of the typical chores that children would do on a colonial farm. This looks like the laundry! (Sorry I got your name wrong before Anthony- I called you Jeremy by mistake!)
What a great time Tiny Ted is having. He is helping us learn more about America as well. I am sure Chris is looking after him well and they are having a great time.

Miss K and Mr Michaels


CMichaels86 said...

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great holiday break. As you can see I took Tiny Ted to Yorktown last week and he had a great time. The picture towards the bottom with the chore list is actually Anthony and Tiny Ted. :)

Mr. Michaels

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach said...

Looks like Tiny Ted had a great time exploring the colonial places in Williamsburg. Did you notice Jasmine Mum? She was dressed in uniform because she is in the Navy. We have a lot of parents who wear uniforms in our area of the world because we have several military bases in the Hampton Roads area.

Also, Ted was particularly excited to be seeing Williamsburg at this time because it is the 400th year anniversary of Jamestown and guess who is coming to visit- the Queen of England!!!!

I heard that Ted went line dancing too! I bet pictures for that will be up soon. After he spends some time with classrooms in Williamsburg he is going to visit Alabama schools. Be sure and find Alabama on the map.

Anonymous said...

These pictures are fabulous - I can't wait to get into school tomorrow and show them to the class.

Thank You for posting them.

Mr Harrington