Second grade students took a field trip to Newell Pioneer Village this week to experience what life was like for Oregonians in the 1860s. The students participated in activities that would have been commonplace for children of that era, including washing clothes by hand, candle-making, using a feather and inkwell to write, and playing with (and making) simple toys. They also took part in a mock classroom setting, where they used chalk and chalkboards rather than pencil and paper.
This field trip is directly related to the PYP unit: Where We Are in Place and Time. Students were studying how school life changes over time, and the authentic pioneer classroom setting enabled them to identify key differences and similarities between school life now and school life in the 1860s.