Annie Belle Clark students pretend to be the Daughters of Liberty and meet to make their own tea and read letters they wrote.

Annie Belle Clark students pretend to be the Daughters of Liberty and meet to make their own tea and read letters they wrote.

TIFTON — Susan Nimmo’s 4th grade students at Annie Belle Clark stepped back in history as they participated in a simulation about the mounting tensions in the colonies during the 1760’s.

Due to the students’ high-level interest about a secret group of patriots called the Sons of Liberty and a group of colonial women called the Daughters of Liberty, it was decided that they would simulate being a member of one of these groups.

They wrote letters to others inviting them to attend their next “secret” meeting to discuss the unfair taxes and ways to boycott British goods. They wrote about the fight for independence from Great Britain and tried to convince others to join the effort.

The Boston chapter met secretly by the “Liberty Tree.” The other group met by the “Liberty Pole.”

The Daughters of Liberty met to make their own tea out of berries and to produce whatever the colonists needed by being clever and creative without using British goods.  

During the culminating activity, Nimmo and Beth Hammond, the Gifted Resource teacher, rotated between the secret meetings encouraging all students to participate. The young colonial ladies met at a table filled with teacups, candles and a chest filled with their letters.

 The Sons of Liberty met at their secret meeting places, as well. They shared their letters & discussed ways how they could stand up for their rights against the British soldiers and England’s unfair treatment.

All of this took place while enjoying a cup of tea and cookies prepared by Annie Belle Clark’s lunchroom staff.

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