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Early America, Early Kentucky

 Early America, Early Kentucky Learning Experience

Early America, Early Kentucky is a five part interactive experience designed for 5th graders. The program comes to your school and provides an  informative, hands-on experience for your students. Early America, Early Kentucky  has five different learning stations that cover life and culture 1750 to 1850.

Designed for 5th graders to experience over two hours of interactive history, students will rotate through each of the 25 minute stations. Please see the sample schedule and view the linked video. 

The maximum number of students is 75.


 Colonial America

 Children with Colonial head ware

The Colonial America station introduces students to what life was like when America was comprised of the original thirteen colonies. Events such as the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere, and the Declaration of Independence are discussed, and students also explore how Americans dressed. Students get to see full costumes for a man and woman from the 1700s and  try on some  pieces themselves.


 Life In Early Kentucky

 Children writing with quill and ink

At the Life in Early Kentucky station students learn about the frontier life in Kentucky. Each child will make their very own hornbook and write with a quill and ink. School in a one-room schoolhouse was very different from the classrooms of today. Life on the frontier was a lot of work and families had to be self-sustaining. The students get a glimpse of how different life was for children on the frontier.


Native Americans

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Trade was an important aspect of daily life of Native Americans and Europeans. Native Americans would trade with animal pelts and hides for European gods such as guns, wool, silver and beads. At this station children learn about the Native American role in trade as well as their overall role in society. The students will string chevron beads together and learn about the typical clothing of the Native Americans in Kentucky.


Primary and Secondary Sources

 Children looking at primary source documents

A primary source is a direct source like a book, journal or magazine article written by someone who experienced an event. A secondary source is a source that analyzes the primary source like a textbook or a biography. Here children will peruse several primary and secondary sources. They will also make their own history by creating a journal and writing about their daily experiences.


 Life For African Americans

 Children trying traditional African American instruments with teacher

There are hundreds of stories about what life was like for the African American in Kentucky. At this station we explore some of these stories as well as establish what it meant to be an early settler, an enslaved person, an escaped enslaved person, a free African American and an advocate for the end of slavery. In addition, the children get to come together to make their own African inspired music using traditional instruments in order to appreciate early African American influence on contemporary American music.


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 Last Modified 9/24/14