History with Liberty Kids

Wendy Howard

Age Range: 7-12  

2nd- 6th grades

History comes alive with these animated, educational videos about the experiences of two young teens during the American Revolution and the political, social, and cultural forces that resulted in the birth of a nation.

Liberty’s Kids was an Emmy-winning television series (40 episodes, about 23 minutes in length each) that was originally broadcast on PBS to teach kids about the origins of the United States of America.

We will watch various episodes that feature animated characters experiencing the major events in the Revolutionary War and Colonial America. The two main characters, Sarah and James, are from different backgrounds and have different opinions as they contend with issues like slavery, taxation without representation, loyalty, and independence. The presentation is educational as well as entertaining with the use of celebrity voices such as Sylvester Stallone (as Paul Revere), Ben Stiller (as Thomas Jefferson), Billy Crystal (as John Adams), and Dustin Hoffman (as Benedict Arnold).

• Boston Tea Party
• Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
• Battle of Lexington and Concord
• Benjamin Franklin
• Common Sense
• The First Continental Congress
• Benedict Arnold
• And More!

After watching the episode, we will have a short discussion and quiz.
Additional educational materiel and activities will be provided.
Along with history kids will learn geography with mapwork. Writing and research assignments. Biographies. Songs.

Class supplies: pen, paper, crayons or markers, scissors