First hand experience is helping students learn about Pioneer life by building a sod house.
At Charles City High School, American Humanities students have spent their class time outdoors for the past several weeks building a 19th century sod house on the high school grounds.
“It’s a great chance for them to experience project-based learning,” said American Humanities teacher Rob Pittman.
The completed sod house will include a working chimney, and a sod roof.
Students learned the harsh realities of Pioneer life. The work done to build the house was harder than most expected. From cutting the sod to moving and stacking the heavy bricks, they worked up a sweat.
Charles City fourth graders will visit the house shortly, and students will give presentations on 19th century living. The kids will also learn about the types of games children played then.