This week we learned about Pierre and Jean Lafitte, two well-known pirates, who helped the United States during the War of 1812. Their knowledge of the coastal area, swamps, and waterways near New Orleans allowed them to spy on the British and get cargo and supplies for the United States. They were called “Privateers” because they were hired to attack and rob other ships during the War of 1812. So, privateers were basically government-approved pirates. Students learned that for most of the the war, the British had blockaded many of our ports. We had no way to get supplies, and we could not trade with other nations. In addition to taking goods, these pirates used their secret waterways in the swamps and bayous to keep a close eye on the British to help the United States in their war effort.
- Why was the War of 1812 called the second war for independence?
- How is “The Star-Spangled Banner” connected to the War of 1812?
- What was impressment?
- What was the most interesting thing you learned about the War of 1812?
In math we will begin working on partitioning shapes into equal parts. And, we will continue to work on building our number sense and gaining fluency with addition and subtraction math facts.
Our reading lessons will focus on story elements of plot, character and central message. In writing we will use stories we read in class to help students become better writers so that they can clearly communicate their ideas in narrative pieces.