History came to life when kids became early American colonists for a day.
“People depended on each other”, said fourth-grader Josh Moore. He and his classmates spent a day preparing for Colonial Day, which culimnated a two month English Language Arts unit.
Students brought together their research skills and imaginations to learn about America during the colonial period, and assume the role of a tradesman of the era. Classrooms came alive with wig makers, silversmiths, printers, milliners, carpenters, blacksmiths, and apothecaries.
The project required students to build a character, make a costume and props, and create a back story. Students talked with visitors about what a typical day was like in pre-Revolutionary War America.
“This unit is all about life prior to the Revolutionary War and how people depended on each other and used and shared their resources,” said teacher MaryClaire Pineau. “The creative piece is that they had to describe their trade and a typical day from sun up to sun down.”