The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile path through downtown Boston. The trail links visitors with important local landmarks. It is easily navigated by following the blue bricks and brass emblems embedded into the sidewalk. Most tour groups follow the Freedom Trail for a few blocks. Any location of the trail can be used for the following activities.
Divide the students into groups, each with at least one chaperone/teacher.
As a small group, the students will travel from one point on the Freedom Trail to the next. Along the way, the chaperones can pose the following activities and questions to students. At the next destination the students can share their experiences with each other.
1) Step onto the brick path, close your eyes, take a deep breath and think about what you know about Boston in the 1700's. Open your eyes and walk with purpose (briskly) for about 15 steps.
- What emotions do you feel? Describe this feeling.
- Who in history might have walked this same path? Why did this person come to mind? Where do you think they were going/coming from?
2) No matter where you walk along the path, you will pass shops, churches and businesses.
- Share what shops, churches or businesses might have been in this location in the 1700's? Describe the clues that make you think so.
- Close you eyes and imagine what this location might have looked like in the 1700's. Tell me what you see.
3) Touch a brick on the side of a building along the Freedom Trail.
- If this brick could talk, what might it say?
4) Take a deep breath in and notice the aromas.
- Describe what you smell. Does this smell remind you of anything? Tell me more.
- Is the aroma at this location different from another part of the trail?