Our own Mt. Washington sixth graders are interviewed here on their archeology research at Patterson Park. The news story also follows up with their Historic Field Day in park! I am so proud of them for all the work they did this year. The community was very impressed with their performances, websites, documentaries, and other exhibits they created!
Today was another great day to do some more field research. At the Jewish Museum of Maryland we learned about the Jewish religion, the American Civil War, immigrants into Baltimore and took part in an archeology activity. We will be able to draw upon our knowledge we acquired today in our studies the rest of the year!
At the Civil War exhibit we learned about some of the causes of the Civil War, issues in Baltimore during this conflict, and Jewish influence throughout the war. Students read some primary source documents including a letter from a seven year old girl, Rose, to her father who was out on the battle front. This week we will be "writing back" to Rose as if we were her father. We will also be comparing the American Civil War with other civil wars going on around the world, including Syria.
In the "Voices of Lombard" exhibit students learned how Jewish and other immigrant communities merged with the African American communities that were already in the area over time. As part of the scavenger hunt they explored a tenement building, deli and even an outhouse!
The final stop was the Lloyd Street Synagogue which is the 3rd oldest synagogue in the country. This was the first time ever being inside a synagogue for some of our students. While upstairs we learned some similarities and differences between the Jewish faith and other religions. Just recently they have uncovered some archeological finds in the basement dating back to 1845! Down there we took part in an archeology activity. Students worked in groups to collect, organize and classify various artifacts. Hopefully this will give them a better idea of how we know some much about ancient history!
This page is dedicated to the work and research my students do each day.