VISIT ONE: THREE "INVESTIGATION STATIONS"
The children of Brookfield in helping to design their own local history learning used "free-choice" planning and "object-orientated" classroom activities. Based on the previous choice selections we set up three separate investigation stations all with corresponding activity and question sheets. (Available upon request) The class was broken into three teams that rotated through all investigation stations.
The three stations were:
Station #1- Archaeological Grid
Using masking tape we created a grid system on the floor of the classroom. Objects were then placed in the grids, and we asked the children to find and place on their grid activity sheet the objects from the grid floor squares. Placement on the sheets—required measuring, recording their "finds", using a compass to figure out direction. Also field notes were written to describe when rocks, minerals, or soils (which were placed in grid beforehand) added any valuable information.
Station #2- Object Mystery-Where You Get To Be The Detective!
A table is filled with mysterious objects, most of these objects would be difficult to identify based solely on their looks. Using an activity guide and sheet, prompt questions are asked to make the children think about material types, function, and most importantly the ability to place the object into a contextual framework. Such questions as:
STATION #3- Pottery Puzzle Pieces
Each child was given a bag that contained broken shards of pottery. Using broken plates and bowl pieces, the children wearing gloves, and working with glue and masking tape had to re-piece the pottery pieces back into their original form.