History Comes to Life

MES Brings History to Life
Posted on 10/04/2019
Colonial Day
Fourth grade students at Merriwether Elementary had history come alive as they participated in Colonial Day. Teachers dressed the part and students were encouraged to as well. Teachers also transformed classrooms into five different colonial areas: New France, New Spain, and the southern, middle and northern New England colonies. In each classroom teachers planned activities that would emerge students in historical content such as making butter and hoecakes, building a water wheel, participating in a fur trade, and playing colonial games of the day. The students rotated through classrooms to explore what it was like to live during this time in America. This introduction to the New World settlements allowed students to experience life without items that one would take for granted today.  Lauren Sutton, fourth grade teacher, explained, “This was a great way to build relationships, excitement, and curiosity as we prepare for our upcoming social studies unit. The students were fully engaged in their learning!” By gaining new information from multiple sources through collaboration and literacy, Fourth grade teachers at MES are helping to prepare their students to become Edgefield County Graduates and world class citizens.
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