Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Going Colonial

Our Colonial Christmas was cancelled because of a snowstorm, but our class is still enjoying the activities that we would have done. Yesterday, we made oiled windows. In Colonial times glass was very expensive and difficult to get in the colonies. Colonists would oil heavy cloth and place it the opening to let some light in, but they kept bugs and dirt out. We made colorful windows to display. can't believe I forgot to take a picture of a finished one!

Today we learned about Benjamin Franklin and his famous book, Poor Richard's Almanac. We used quill pens and blueberry ink to write some of the quotes from the almanac. The students were very glad that they use pencils for their homework. The activity was fun, but writing a whole assignment that way would be very difficult!

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