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Who was John Adams? John Adams was a Patriot and the second president of the United States. John Adams dedicated his life to the founding of the United States.

John Adams was born October 30th 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He married Abigail Adams and had six children. He died July 4th 1826 in Quincy also. John Adams lived in Philadelphia and he moved to Washington D.C. when he was elected president. He was the first president to live in the White House.

Before he became president John Adams was a lawyer in Boston, he began to have strong feelings about the British rules. He felt that the colonies were being treated poorly and should become an independent country. He was part of the Massachusetts legislature and then was their representative at the Second Continental Congress. While in the Congress he supported independence for America. He helped work on the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson. “During the American Revolution, Adams went to Europe to gain funding for the war and secure alliances with other countries for the new American government. He also worked on the Treaty of Paris, along with Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, which finally put an end to the Revolutionary War.” The Treaty of Paris was a treaty between America and Paris. It extended America’s border.
John Adams had a huge role in the adopting of the Declaration of Independence. He strongly spoke out for separation from Great Britain. John Adams wrote resolutions against Britain charging taxes. He argued that the Colonies should be independent. John Adams took a leading part in opposing British Colonial policies like the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was when King George declared that all papers must have a British stamp and they had to pay extra for it. John Adams said “As happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.” He argued against the Stamp Act because the people hadn’t agreed to it. He was of one the two people that signed the Declaration of Independence that became president.
John Adams was close friends with Thomas Jefferson. Then when Thomas Jefferson was elected president they became enemies. After Thomas Jefferson was president John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became close friends again. During the Boston Massacre John Adams defended the British. He did this because he said that the Colonists started it and the British soldiers were defending themselves.
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Letter from Valley Forge

In Social Studies we learned about the Revolutionary War. We wrote a letter as if we were a soldier in Valley Forge in the winter.

Dearest Family,
General Washington has chosen Valley Forge as our winter encampment. ‘Tis freezing here. The conditions are brutal and we are losing soldiers by the day. We have no shoes or clothes except for the ones we wear. There are no hospitals and typhoid and pneumonia are spreading throughout the encampment. We have no food except for fire cakes which taste nothing like cake but more like paste. If we are lucky we get the occasional meat and bread. We are freezing to death and I have just witnessed my best friend’s death due to pneumonia. Soldiers are deserting the army very fast. I hope we lose no more soldiers than we already have. I am thankful that winter almost over and I see that General Washington is too.

Your dearest, William Smith


Thomas Edison (Wax Museum)

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In social studies and language arts we wrote a six paragraph biography report about an important person to Florida. Then we typed it and turned it in to a script. We created buttons, props and costumes. We rehearsed a lot until we memorized our script by heart. The wax museum was on April 15. I was Thomas Edison. It was fun but also hard because we had to sit still until someone pressed your button and my lab coat made me sweat.

Regions Around Us

In social studies I created a Prezi. We used pictures from photos for class. Prezi this is the link to my prezi. We learned about different regions. We also learned about regions changing. The four regions we learned about are: political regions, economic regions, cultural regions and physical regions

My Marvelous Map

imageI My Marvelous Map

I created a map of South Carolina. I included: the legend, title, capital, resources, absolute and physical locations. I found the information by researching the WorldBook Online database and website to complete an organizer. I also used Wixie to create my map using stickers from the Wixie library. I would like to change the size of the state, add more info, location of the river icon, and find the exact location of mines. I enjoyed this project because I learned so many things.


My Geo Map





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