Students in 3rd grade recently immersed themselves in a study about European settlers in this region during the 1800s for this year’s annual Pioneer Activity Day.
Working through a series of activities that were common during this period, students learned candle making, yarn doll constructing, silhouette drawing, sewing, tin punching and more. Each activity began with a parent demonstration that outlined the activity’s expectations and process. Before the demonstrations, students received background information about the activity and how people applied this skill during pioneer times. Parent volunteers were on hand to assist every step of the way, and the students learned a great deal from these hands-on experiences and projects.
Through the creation of these immersive activities, the 3rd grade teachers helped students develop a deeper understanding of what life was like for the European settlers. The experiences and lessons they learned are sure to stick with these students for years to come.