Generous $5000.00 Grant awarded to the Museums Partnership in Education Program by PG&E

October 4, 2014 11:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts   pacific-gas-electric-logo-bg     REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST/ECHOES OF THE FUTURE  By Robert Knapp  By Robert Knapp  The Central Sierra Historical Society is celebrating the successful first year of our Partnership in Education Program for the 2013/2014 school year.  The museum at Shaver Lake has been the center of activity for two days each month beginning in September and concluding in May as we partnered with three school districts in our area – Big Creek Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary and Foothill Elementary in Sierra Unified School District. A group of educators gathered at the museum in June and began the planning.  It was decided that we would focus on fourth graders for the initial year.  Five 4th grade teachers, three from Foothill and one each from Pine Ridge and Big Creek, spent many hours meeting, planning and creating a vibrant curriculum, anchored in the current fourth grade standards and the new common core standards, focused on the history and natural resources of the Central Sierra.   Six topics were selected starting in September, Native Americans; October, Geology and Mining; November, Logging and its effect on Natural Resources; January, the San Joaquin and Eastern Railroad; February, Stockmen: Grazing In The High Country and the Forest Service; March, Hydro Power; and in April, a field trip to connect the learning to actual locations in our region.  Content Review and preparation time for students to prepare for their student project presentations will take place in the classrooms during April and the project presentations will occur in May (the date has not yet been selected).  Everyone is invited to the museum for this event. Each month, for two days, 60 students, teachers, and parents arrived at the museum.  One class from Foothill and one class each from Big Creek and Pine Ridge attended the first day and two classes from Foothill attended the second day.  Each day began at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction describing the outcomes for the day.  Four groups of 10 -12 students rotated through four Learning Stations located on the grounds of the museum.  After lunch these same groups of students attended a Project Station in which they are given an opportunity to focus on what type of final project they would like to use to demonstrate their learning in a presentation in May at the museum.  The afternoon Project Stations remained the same for each month, and the groups of students attended a different project station each month.  The Project Stations were:  PowerPoint Training; Narrative Writing; Plant, Tree, and Rock Handbook; Poetry Handbook; Historical Lapbook; and Script Writing Workshop.  Each day concluded with a whole group debrief and sharing prior to boarding the busses at 2:00 p.m. The Central Sierra Historical Society’s mission is to celebrate the historical significance of the Central Sierra and become an educational center for the region.  This program is just the beginning, with appreciation to PG&E for their support and contribution.      

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