Upper Elementary students moved into their first Social Studies unit by examining the various events that led to the Revolutionary War. Last week, students engaged in a role playing activity to experience both sides of the taxation of the colonies. Student took turns choosing roles, which included the King, parliament members who act as tax collectors, and the colonists. Each of the colonists received a cup containing various amounts of "money" (Smarties candy). The King would then announce an assortment of tax acts and the colonists had to pay their respective taxes to the King and the Parliament. If they were unable to pay, there was a punishment of time in jail!
"The classes had a fantastic time with this activity," Ms. Laura exclaimed. "When we finished with the game, we discussed how they felt being on both sides of the argument, as well as some ways the taxes could have been more fair."