Our travels to the Western Territories were less than treacherous and more than exuberant! I overheard many students say, “This is HARD, but it’s so FUN! Our pioneer spirit was challenged and encouraged throughout the day as we attempted to craft and play just as thousands of pioneer children did on the Oregon Trail in the 1840s.
Thank you to our many volunteers who participated before, during, and after the event. I could not do this without you. You have created a memory that will be treasured by every child who joined us. I hope you enjoyed yourself, too.
The photos have been posted to our Shutterfly account. You can order prints or even create a photobook from there. Just click on our Photoblog tab and follow the instructions. I will resend our password in an email, in case you have misplaced it.
On June 19th, our 2nd grade classes will be stepping back in time to become Pioneers of the Westward Movement. We will have a full morning of historical activities, crafts, and a pioneer-style snack. This will be an amazing time of REAL learning about the early days of our country. Don’t miss out on this very special event. The cost is only $4.00 to cover the purchase of needed materials.
Parent volunteers are still needed to make this day possible. High school siblings are welcome, too!
On June 4th we successfully connected with the California State Parks Department for a virtual field trip to Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia, CA (near Sonora). Through this video conference, Ranger Phil shared his vast knowledge and artifacts of the California Gold Rush and the Westward Movement. We had prepared thoughtful questions and he answered every one of them with examples and clarity. The students were eager to learn everything they could during this experience. They were exceptionally polite and attentive. I could not have been more proud. This is a tremendous way to enrich the curriculum and allow students an opportunity to speak to an expert. We would all love to do it again!
We will be a launching our study of the Pioneers and the Westward Movement next week. I always have a grand time teaching this unit. It is a remarkable period of our nation’s history.
As a special introduction to this unit, I scheduled another video conference about the Gold Rush and Pioneers. I have been assured that the video connection problems have been resolved so I am game to try it again. Keep your fingers crossed for June 4th!
Our class has completed their small group study of a selection from the Courage Unit in our anthology. We have also completed the group presentations. I will finish editing the videos of each group and get them posted to our YouTube channel over the weekend. I think you will enjoy them as much as we did.