This was Colonial Week in the Fifth Grade, as Mrs. Lynn, Ms. Terry, and Mrs. Banales engaged the children during the last five days in real-life scenarios from 17th century American history.
This year, the students enjoyed a unique aspect of the Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. By coincidence, the newly purchased flipFORM risers for the Theater Arts Department came packed in very large cardboard boxes. Mrs. Lynn immediately saw a perfect use for these packing boxes: the Fifth Graders were divided into teams of four students, and each team received two long boxes and one very tall, narrow cardboard box to construct their simulated Mayflower ship.
“I loved the drawing and constructing!” reported Fifth Grader Claudia. “It was really fun to travel with my friends!”
“I felt it was very cramped in the ship!” observed Mark.
“It actually was,” continued Mrs. Lynn. “With 102 passengers on the Mayflower, it’s calculated that each person only had a 10 foot by 8 foot space. This simulated ‘crossing the Atlantic’ project was designed to convey to the students the extremely crowded conditions for the brave colonists on their historic voyage. As you’ve heard, our students loved the experience!”
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