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“The British are coming! The British are coming!” This was the cry before the battle that our fifth grade students participated in this week. We took a trip to Riley’s Farm for an interactive day of living life as colonists. Students learned about courts and trials of this time period, taxation issues, weaving, farming and industrial life, etiquette, and militia. The culmination of our day of learning was the final Battle of the Tavern where we loaded our “muskets” and faced the enemy! The entire experience was truly exceptional, and one we won’t soon forget. This field trip, along with many other interactive lessons, reinforces the importance of experiential education. While we read our textbooks and the History Alive program, and while we look at a variety of text and internet sources, nothing can replace the learning that happens when you are physically involved in the activity. The integration of multiple modalities, and the follow up discussions and reflection after the activity, prove invaluable in solidifying students’ learning. I am so proud that we offer these experiences throughout the grade levels, and we will continue to work on providing new and unique learning opportunities.