A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst: Boston

Boston was the largest of the colonial New England cities, and it became a focal point for opposition to English policy toward the colonies. Paul Revere, the Boston Tea Party, and the Boston Massacre have all become famous as elements leading up to the break from English rule.

Boston is still a major city with many historical and cultural attractions. There are all sorts of things to see. The links below will help you find the places that were important during the colonial period.

Photo Credit: Image: 'Paul Revere at Old North Church'
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Paul Revere's House

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A fascinating site! Details the history of Revere's house, the facts behind the legend of his midnight ride, and includes a biography section. Teachers should click on the "Just for...more
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A fascinating site! Details the history of Revere's house, the facts behind the legend of his midnight ride, and includes a biography section. Teachers should click on the "Just for Kids" button for lesson ideas. This site could be used for elementary-level social studies classes.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14), evolution (100), massachusetts (10)

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Use this site as a way to provide more information about one important character in history, Paul Revere. Take advantage of the free activities in the "Just for Kids" section. There is also a biography offered that could easily be read aloud by students from the interactive whiteboard or projector. This would definitely be a great resource for a US history class studying colonial America.

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Tour the Ship Constitution - U.S. Navy

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This is the Navy's online tour of the oldest commissioned ship in the fleet - the sailing ship Constitution. Though you can tour the ship in Boston, this site gives ...more
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This is the Navy's online tour of the oldest commissioned ship in the fleet - the sailing ship Constitution. Though you can tour the ship in Boston, this site gives online maps and images showing how the ship was constructed and functioned at sea.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14), evolution (100), massachusetts (10), navy (9)

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This one would be great for a study of the American Reovolution, the navy, or the role of the sea in the formation of the nation.

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Boston Navy Yard - National Park Service

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The National Park's site on the Boston Naval Shipyard. ...more
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The National Park's site on the Boston Naval Shipyard.

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Boston Freedom Trail - National Park Service

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National Park Service's site on the Boston Freedom Trail and Guided Tours. ...more
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National Park Service's site on the Boston Freedom Trail and Guided Tours.

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Be Inventive

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Here's a classroom activity from the Boston Museum of Science that asks students to create their own inventions to solve a problem of their own choosing. Based arounsd Leonardo DaVinci's...more
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Here's a classroom activity from the Boston Museum of Science that asks students to create their own inventions to solve a problem of their own choosing. Based arounsd Leonardo DaVinci's and the properties of simple machines, the unit asks students to design their own invention.

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Museum Teaching Kits - Boston Children's Museum

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Here's an idea for classroom exhibits. The Boston Children's Museum offers a large collection of "exhibits in a box" for rental to schools. The topics cover social studies, science,...more
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Here's an idea for classroom exhibits. The Boston Children's Museum offers a large collection of "exhibits in a box" for rental to schools. The topics cover social studies, science, the arts, even disability awareness. Costs vary, but the average seems to be $20 to $30 per week. This is a neat idea, and the cost might even be something that a school parent teacher organization could help cover. Take a peek.

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