revolution 60Encourage your students to dress in historical attire that represents the colonial period of America or as a character from their Battle Scene. This will help your class become a part of living history and builds excitement among students and parents. Those assigned a Character card should dress in attire representing the person of history they are portraying and will receive additional points for their team. Note: Students in dresses do not need to change for battle scenes. A coat or hat can quickly be added.

    Students assigned to more than one character may choose one costume and if needed, bring a jacket or hat to wear for a second character or battle scene. Students will not have time for full costume changes during the presentation.

    Costume pieces can be created in class or with the help of the student’s family at home. We strongly encourage creativity (and advocate that families do not spend money on costumes). We do not sell or provide costumes.

    Helpful Hints:

    • Character Cards include props for students.
    • Remind students NOT to bring toy guns to school.
    • Inform your students that costumes don’t have to be store-bought or elaborate.
    • Presenters provide toy muskets, a plastic sword, and a stick horse.  Students can ask to borrow those props from the presenter.
    • Give students and parents ample time to plan and create their costumes.  The more time they have, the more creative their costumes can be!
    • Costumes can be made from items at home or from inexpensive supplies purchased at craft, fabric or consignment stores.
    • Consider brainstorming about costumes for the program with the students.  Not only will it give them ideas, but it will help them get excited for their big day!
    • Showcase books and Web sites about colonial America that students can refer to for costume ideas.
    • Don’t forget your camera!  Walk Through photographs are great for yearbooks, bulletin boards and class newsletters.  Be sure to take a group shot!


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