Whew! It has been a BUSY first week back and we have worked hard!! Our focus in Social Studies was communication from Long Ago. We learned that teachers communicated to students a little bit differently long ago — there were no Promethean Boards, or even books like we know today to read. Kids in the 1750’s used a book called a Hornbook to learn to read. We completed a shared reading of a passage describing a Hornbook and each student highlighted what they felt was important information. On the back of our reading passage was a diagram of a Hornbook with labels that described each part.
Then, we tried our hand at making a Hornbook. Although the materials we all papers, we pretended that we had a wood panel, that expensive paper from long ago, and even a thin piece of cow horn to cover the paper.
Another aspect of communication that we talked about was writing, specifically what people write on and what was used to write. We explored different types of papers — papyrus, parchment … and did an activity where students had to follow directions to draw a scroll — a type of paper that was used for communication in ancient civilizations. Then, each child was given a quill, or feather, to practice writing with. I must say, I was quite impressed with how neatly everyone was able to write with their quill — maybe we will start using quills and ink instead of pencils? 🙂
Next week: Thomas Jefferson, a final project for Long Ago and Today, and a new unit on Measurement … can’t wait 🙂