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    Colonial Tea Party
    By timpea2

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    I also teach 2nd grade and we do a big colonial unit. I also use the Colonial Williamsburg website. The big activity that we do is a Colonial Tea Party. We invite the students to dress as if it were colonial times. The kids do a great job! We also read from one of the American girl books that discusses manners and conversation at a tea party. (Even the boys get into this.) We have the students bring in a tea cup and saucer. I also talk with our music teacher and we integrate music and we teach the kids the minute dance. I do a little program. . .

    *Send home invitations for parents to come to tea party
    *2 kids stand at door and welcome parents to the tea party and pass out a little program(they love to see their child's name on the program)
    **I do a comparison writing on today vs. colonial. Several students read colonial times. Then several others read today's times.
    *Students serve tea and cookies (I serve cold tea--no ice and shortbread cookies.) I also put my students desks together to make little tables.
    *I pair up students to dance the minute and I have a classical CD that has a minute.
    *Students then ask a parent or another student to dance with them.

    While the students are talking, serving and dancing I'm taking pictures. The students are in charge of the tea party. They do a great job!!!
    2nd graders start asking about our tea party on the first day of school.

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