Sunday, April 15, 2007

** Tiny Ted in the USA**

Tiny Ted our travelling geocaghe bear has been on a journey around the world. His journey began back in October 2006 when he made the 11,000 mile trip to New Zealand to stay with some friends of ours in Moturoa Class at Appleby School near Nelson. While he was in New Zealand TT had a fabulous time as you will see if you visit his flickr page kindly set up by teacher Allanah King. Last month TT left New Zealand ( much to the sadness of Moturoa Class pupils ) with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, heading for the East coast of the United States of America, the State of Virginia.

Sheryl lectures on the use of Technology in Education to pre-service and in-service teachers at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, and has agreed to pass TT on to her students.

TT has already been with 2 students and most recently he was visiting Chris Michaels at his Elementary School I will let Chris explain what they got up to .

"On Thursday, Tiny Ted went with my fourth grade class from Magruder Elementary to Yorktown, VA. Yorktown is where Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. Trapped between American forces on land and French forces at sea, Cornwallis's troops were cut off from reinforcements and the supply line and had to surrender. Although the war lasted another year after the surrender, the defeat effectively ended the War."

"Yorktown is a part of what is known as the Historic Triangle, which consists of Williamsburg , Jamestown, and Yorktown. Magruder Elementary is located in Williamsburg."

Here you can see Mr Michales with his pupils and helpers at the Yorktown Victory Center ( Centre in Wales)

"Tobacco was the largest cash crop in Colonial Virginia. The class is in a tobacco house where the tobacco leaves are hung to dry before being packaged and sent to Europe."

James and Tiny Ted stand next to Patrick Henry's famous quote "give me liberty or give me death" on the time line.

We look forward to learning more about the American War of Independence from our new friends in Williamsburg. To view more pictures of Tiny Ted go to Mr Michaels webpage...

Thank you very much Mr Michaels for taking such fabulous pictures and giving us some wonderful information.

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