Lesson Plan - Get It!
"Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a pony, stuck a feather in his cap and called it _______!" Can you fill in the blank?
Listen to Yankee Doodle being performed (below). As you are listening to the song, look at the how the children are dressed in the video. Share with your teacher what you notice about the clothing they are wearing:
What time in history do you believe this song came from? When you listened to the song did you recognize any of the instruments being played? Did you hear the drum? There was another instrument, called the fife, that you hear a lot in this song. It sounds like a high-pitched flute. The fife and drums were very popular instruments when this song was written over 300 years ago! It was made in a time that America was at war with another country, fighting for freedom. There was a position in the army called Drummer Boy. Young men would learn different drum rolls to be used as communication.
Over 400 years ago, many people started to come from Europe to America for many reasons. Some Europeans wanted freedom from rulers who had all the power, and they wanted freedom to believe in their religion. So many brave men, women, and children came to America and worked hard to make it a place they could live. They created 13 colonies, which are similar to states. Once these people started to do well, their rulers in Europe wanted them to pay a lot of money and still follow their beliefs and rules. In order to be completely free from their king, the settlers living in the colonies decided they wanted to fight back, which led to the start of the Revolutionary War. This was a war between the people living in America and the country most of them came from, Great Britain. The war started in 1775 and ended in 1783. So how many years did it last? If you answered 8 years, you are correct! When the war ended, the country we call the United States was born and free from Great Britain's rule!
Another important date in the Revolutionary War was July 4, 1776. What is something special that happens on the 4th of July? Fireworks, right? Why do we set off fireworks on the 4th of July? We do that because that is when the people from the 13 colonies signed an important paper called the Declaration of Independence and we declared that we were free from England! The fireworks help us celebrate the special day.
Here is a great School House Rock video called American Revolution Animated Kids Lesson - No More Kings to review what you just read:
Here are more great resources to learn more about the life people led during the Revolutionary War: