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Students Step Back in Time for ELA Project

Students in Robyn Yorker’s Blue Team classroom at Stepping Stones Day Program recently took a step back in time and entered the Colonial period as part of an English language arts and social studies unit.

The students created the fictional name of New Netherland for their class town, selected traditional jobs from the time period and even changed their own names during the unit to reflect those of the early settlers.

Teacher Robyn Yorker, center, dresses in Colonial attire alongside her students during a recent culmination celebration of a unit about the time period.
Teacher Robyn Yorker, center, dresses in Colonial attire alongside her students during a recent culmination celebration of a unit about the time period.

While learning about the people and their daily struggles, the students made replicas of their workplaces and colonial period homes.

They learned about the strict rules for children and the laws of the day.

The students wrote about their roles in the community and worked collaboratively to organize their town for a visual display of a typical Colonial town.

A final presentation involved the class dressing in time period clothing and inviting other classes and community members to listen to, and learn from the “townspeople.”

Oral presentations and demonstrations were shared as students taught the guests how to play marbles and hopscotch, and how to make whirligigs and cloth dolls.

Colonial period music was played for all to enjoy.

Guests were then treated to a selection of foods from the period, including fresh fruit and cornbread.

Pictured, from left, are: “Wheelwright Alexander” Marc Chetney, “Gunsmith Anthony” Joe Faul, “Cobbler James” Nasir Noel, “Teacher Miss Patience” Robyn Yorker, “Nurse Abigal” Kaley Tubolino, “Constable John” Corban Johnston, “Teacher Miss Eliza” Cheryl Lautensack and “Apothecary Virginia” Jenalee Pierce.