This week was filled with things that were different than our normal routine, and yet the children handled each day with grace, kindness, and faithfulness.
On Monday, Mrs. Griffin came in and did a fraction presentation with circles pieces. After exploring the circles, the children created fractions (example a half) with different pieces. Then, they played a game to get a whole circle with whatever fraction they got creating it as creatively as possible.
On Tuesday, we had another special guest. Mr. Finch came and taught us about electricity. He showed us his circuit board that he had created as a way to understand different types of circuits. As the children asked him questions, he got their curiosity piqued about their everyday household items that use electricity. They determined in the end that electricity produces heat energy, light energy, and mechanical energy.
Then on Thursday, we trekked off to Colonial Williamsburg. We did not go there because we learn about the colonial period; we went there because many of the trades have prior roots in medieval times. At each trade shop, the children were to ask how this trade related to the medieval period. Throughout the entire trip, the children were on their best behavior, and they were asking very intelligent questions at each stop.
We first went to the Governor’s Palace where the children saw things they recognized from the medieval period like swords and coat of arms among other things.
Our next stop was the Palace Kitchen. Here we got to see how the Governor in colonial Virginia would have eaten. With things like a brick oven and a stovetop, this is the same kind of kitchen that would have been seen in the castles of medieval period that cooked feasts and banquets for lords and ladies. As I told the children, this is also a very special spot for me because I used to work in that kitchen as an intern while at college (and for the children’s enjoyment, I have included a picture of me working there).
As we continued exploring Colonial Williamsburg, we then went across town to the Post Office and the Printing Press. Third grade went shopping first; while we went went down to the printing press. As the interpreter explained the process, he was inking and stamping a newspaper. The children shared how they too had been creating stamps in class to be able to reproduce the same image multiple times. What is really neat is that the printing press that the children saw was made in the style of Johann Gutenberg’s printing press during the 1400s (a person that we will study next quarter).
Then we switched with third grade, and we had the opportunity to go upstairs and buy some souvenirs.
The final stop that we went to before lunch was the tin smith and the black smith (both trades which have history from the medieval period). And finally, what trip to Colonial Williamsburg would be complete without a picnic on the Palace Green?
And of course, I would be doing the children a giant disservice if I did not mention one more thing that we did this week. We spent a good portion of this week filming for our movie. Below is a preview. The premier will be at our fruitful event on March 23 at 10:30 am in our classroom. We look forward to showing you all of our hard work this quarter.