This looks like a great way to help young people learn about customs, schooling, and social life of early settlers in the west. For two weeks, fourth grade students and their teachers at Cedaredge Elementary School have been simulating situations as if they were attending classes in a one room schoolhouse.
Boys sat on one side of the classroom with girls on the other side.
Students formed groups (families) with each taking on the identity of siblings of different ages, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. Discussions followed on how these factors affected the school experience.
A point system was in place with points given for attendance, dressing in period dress, bringing lunch in a bucket or pail, passing inspection of clean hands, face, and teeth. A 'show and tell' session was held with period artifacts brought from home. Learning the Gettysburg Address and other lessons gained more individual points.
Or points could be taken away for bad behavior, being late to class, or for dirty hands, face and teeth, not completing assignments, and numerous other reasons. Everyone with 300 points or more received a graduation certificate following the picnic, held in Cedaredge Park on May 18th.
The teachers, Sheri McFadden, Chuck Miller and Ryan Bond worked from the same lesson materials with each using adaptations to suit the student's needs.
McFadden stated, "This has been a fantastic springtime program, holding students' interest during the last few weeks of the school year."blog comments powered by Disqus