Fourth graders at Harrison Avenue Elementary school visited the Teatown Lake Reservation Nature Preserve and Education Center in Ossining, New York this November. Teatown Lake Reservation offers a variety of nature classes for elementary school-aged children, specifically designed to instill in young learners a love of the environment, positive attitudes toward conservation and protection, and a sense of personal and civic environmental responsibility.
According to Harrison Avenue fourth grade teacher Lauren Fahey, the focus of the trip was to continue to build more background knowledge as well as enhance what students already learned specifically about Native Americans.
The Teatown program was titled Native Americans: Survival in the New World and corresponds with both the Science and Social Studies curriculum. Students were introduced to daily life in a Native American village in this three-hour program that incorporated crafts, traditional games, tracking, a fire building demonstration, and gardening. Traditions, beliefs and legends were discussed, and the impacts on native culture by European settlement was explored.
“Students were able to go inside a replica wigwam and longhouse as well as see all the different tools and supplies the Native Americans relied on for survival,” said Fahey. “The students also played two types of Native American games. They were able to make their own hoop and stick to bring home!”