3rd through 5th Grade Programs

Third graders in the spring term of their school year as well as 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Life Then and Now program or Goin' To Town program. 

         Life Then and Now - (1 hour - 1 hour and 15 minutes)

         Life Then and Now

        This program fosters critical thinking and research skills through hands-on analysis of 1920’s artifacts and historical records. It can be one program with                          
        three component parts or you can select one or two activities listed below and we will customize it with additional content in a lengthier time frame.

  • History Detectives allows students to explore actual 1920’s artifacts reflecting inventions, communication, travel, work, leisure, and popular culture. Students will research and analyze these artifacts and photographs to bridge the gap between life in the early 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Life Down on the Farm connects students with a rural past which was the norm for most Americans a century ago. The Hart-DeCaeny farmhouse is the stage on which we set the activity. Students will compare and contrast their own homes, conveniences, amusements, and chores with life nearly 100 years ago.
  • America’s Melting Pot focuses on immigration and the many ways and reasons people came to this country, from America’s beginnings to present day. To explore our ethnically diverse country, this activity includes slavery, the Mass Migration of 1880-1924, Hispanic immigration, and refugees. Through a pre-visit activity, students have the opportunity to learn about a relative’s immigration story to share at Shawnee Town.

Life Then and Now Lesson Plan (pdf) 

Goin' to Town - (1 hour - 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Goin To Town

This program centers on what 1920's small town community life was like with countless opportunities to compare and contrast to today. Do a lesson straight from a 1920's reader or look at how the world has changed on a one hundred year old map at Harmony Schoolhouse. Take orders, stock shelves, learn about paying on store credit, and how advertising brought greater consumer awareness at Garrett Grocery Store. Students will have the opportunity to pay two bits for a shave and a haircut, shine shoes, see 1920's hair styles, and learn about the increasing role women began to play in business at Bousman Barber Shop and Yotz Typewriter Repair Shop.

Goin' To Town Lesson Plan (pdf)