Monday, August 7, 2017

History Inquiry Labs in Your Classroom

Flow of History will come to you!

These hands-on history inquiries offer students the chance to analyze artifacts, photographs, and other primary sources. Sarah Rooker and/or Alan Berolzheimer will visit your class with a box full of artifacts and other materials to bring history to life for your students. Where possible, they will bring documents connected to your town or region. 

Each inquiry allows students to gain proficiency in explaining differences between historic and present day objects and reconstructing the past through primary sources.

Each inquiry includes historical fiction and writing connections to be completed before and/or after the visit.  $350 + travel for a 45 – 60 minute session; $700 for a day + travel.

Settling Your Town
Grades 4 & 5
Using early maps from your town, paintings, and artifacts, students investigate how early settlers supplied their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing.  Read more...

School Days
Grades 3 – 5
Using artifacts students will compare schooling during the days of one-room school to schools today. Using maps, they will examine the school districts in their own towns and identify questions to explore further. A brief one-room school lesson can be substituted for the artifact activity. Read more...

Diary of a Little Girl
Grades 3 - 5
Students use the 1911 diary of Alice Bushnell to explore children's daily life in Vermont. Artifacts bring the diary to life and elicit comparisons between then and now. Read more...

Coming to America
Grades 3 – 5
Students unpack an immigrant’s trunk and learn about packing and traveling to America from the perspective of an immigrant child.


Civil War in your Community
Grades 6 - 8
This inquiry lab launches a local soldier research project for your students.  Students will be introduced to the Vermont in the Civil War website and supported as they begin to investigate a local soldier. Cemetery Visit and Follow-up sessions available. Read more...


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  • We can tailor inquiry labs to meet your needs--one classroom, multiple classrooms; one visit, multiple visits.
  • We can treat a classroom visit as embedded professional development and meet with you or your team after school to review and plan continued lessons.

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