Time Traveling to Enhance Learning

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Fourth-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School celebrated Colonial Day this May by participating in multiple hands-on learning stations.

Dressed in traditional Colonial attire, students rotated among silhouette, optical illusion, candle making and occupational sign making stations. They could be found scratching away with quills at their desks, dipping candles into hot wax, posing for silhouette portraits, brainstorming an original idea for a sign to hang out of their Colonial store, and much more.

To complement their reading curriculum, the students read Kate Waters’ “Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl” and “Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy,” which described the roles of girls and boys in Colonial society. Tying into their social studies curriculum, the classes have been learning about different explorers of the Colonial era and how the state of New York became a colony.

In April, the fourth-graders had the opportunity to visit the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where they got a glimpse of life in an American village in the mid-19th century.