Fourth Grade Information for the History Center
This Year's Field Experience Information
Fourth graders visit the Eight Square Schoolhouse, operated by The History Center of Tompkins County. On this trip, students are immersed in nineteenth-century life via a day spent learning lessons and engaging in activities as they would have done during a typical school day in 1892.
Pre Trip Slideshow for Teachers, to present to the students before the trip. Please note the script under each slide. The pre-trip slideshow includes: learning about Tompkins County in the late 1800's, comparing what school is like now, to school in the late 1800s and a 'sneak peak' of what to expect at our historic site, including outhouses and a pump and well.
Please use this document which contains more pre-trip activities and information, such as: A history of the schoolhouse, Information on how to dress, Choosing a name for the field experience and packing a lunch.
Additional Optional Pre/Post Trip Lessons
Extension Activities to follow your trip written by ICSD teachers and others
Compare Gym Class today and in the 1800s in this lesson by Chris Barley and Jennifer Emerson
Make butter in your classroom with this lesson also written by Chris Barley and Jennifer Emerson
Here's a case study Learning My History: A History of Learning by Erin Hammes. Students investigate their family values and experiences, and the nature of schooling in Tompkins County in 1892 and today. In doing so, students develop a sense of self and a relationship to their education. Full case study here.
KDT! Book for Fourth Grade
KDT! provides books to all Pre-K through fifth grade children to encourage literacy and reinforce Kids Discover the Trail! curriculum. To prolong the excitement of the trip, some teachers give the book to the children (when appropriate) on a day other than the day of the field trip.
Some helpful hints...
Read the book aloud to the children in class before sending the book home.
Have the children write their names in the book
Use the lesson plans that are posted below
Be sure to inform families about the book in your weekly newsletters. Please alert them to the parent flier that gives ideas about how to use the book at home!
The book for 4th grade is "The Secret School" by Avi
These comprehensive lessons written by Amy Gingrich, include discussions of universal primary education and gender equity. considered in, The Secret School.,
There are numerous handouts including study guides for each chapter of the book. These guides include vocabulary words and probing questions. Assessments are included. These are incredible lessons. Use them and let us know what you think by clicking here !