PEP (Partnership In Education Program) Update
REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST/ECHOES OF THE FUTURE
Written by Robert Knapp
The Central Sierra Historical Society is proud to announce the beginning of our Partnership in Education Program for the 2013/2014 school year. The museum at Shaver Lake will be the center of activity for two days each month beginning in September and concluding in May as we partner 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, Content Review and preparation time for students to prepare for their student project presentations which will occur in May.
Each month, for two days, 50 students, teachers, and parents will arrive at the museum. One class from Foothill and one class each from Big Creek and Pine Ridge will attend the first day and two classes from Foothill will attend the second day. Each day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction describing the outcomes for the day. Four groups of 10 -12 students rotate though four Learning Stations located on the grounds of the museum. After lunch these same groups of students attend 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. Each day will conclude with a whole group debrief and sharing prior to boarding the busses at 2:00 p.m.
Session number 1, in September, focused on Native Americans of the Central Sierra. The specific topics for the four learning stations were, Food, Medicines, and Natural Resources; Tools and Trading; Shelters and Migration; and Storytelling, Drumming, Music and Dance. These stations will change each month depending on the area of study. The afternoon Project Stations will remain the same for each month, and the groups of students will attend a different project station each month. The Project Stations are: PowerPoint Training; Narrative Writing; Plant, Tree, and Rock Handbook; Poetry Handbook; Historical Lapbook; and Script Writing Workshop.
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.
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