During the month of November we've been doing a unit study on the War of 1812. I'm embarrased to admit that previously I had no idea what this war was about or why it might be important. We've been reading a number of books (including the ones shown here) and have been fascinated by the many Canadian heros (General Brock, Tecumseh, Laura Secord to name just a few) who played significant roles in the battles spanning the three years during which the war between the Americans and Canada (Britian) took place. While there was no clear winner after the war was over it is clear that it was the first significant time during which British, French and First Nations united together as "Canadians" to battle someone other than themselves.
The kids are still working on their written reports but they've also been busy recreating the battles (this battle scene directed and photographed by Matthew) and creating a floor map to depict the numerous battles ("red" sticks denote British/Canadian victory sites & "blue" sticks denote American victory sites).