Going to School in Early America

Grades K-2

Group Limit: one classroom
Length: Live, interactive 1-hour program
Cost: $100 per program, discounts available for Priority and Title I School Districts

To Schedule: email education_assistant@chs.org
or call (860) 236-5621 ext. 232

What was it like to go to school long ago? In this interactive program, students will explore a typical school day for children in early New England through movement, historic images, and reproduction objects. Students will compare their own experiences in school to those of children in the past as they investigate who attended school, what subjects were taught, and what school supplies children used.  

Students will be able to:

1.      Identify the different types of education available to children in early America and how they differed from the types of school that exist today.  (CT HIST K.1, 1.1, 2.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.1.4, 1.6-7, 1.10, 2.4, 2.6-7; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1-3, K.6, 1.1-3, 2.1-3) 

2.      Explain the purpose of different types of school tools used by children in early America. (CT HIST K.5, 1.5, 2.7; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1, K.4, K.10, 1.1-2, 1.4; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1-3, K.6, 1.1-3, 2.1-3) 

3.      Compare their days in school to those of children going to school in early America. (CT HIST K.1, 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 2.4; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1-3, K.6, 1.1-3, 2.1-3) 

This project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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