On Thursday, December 5, Mrs. Bjorklund, AC’s Enrichment Specialist, joined the fifth grade students from Mr. Northrup’s class and went on a field trip to the Genesee Country Village and Museum.
They attended the “Home for the Holidays” program. This is a unique, hands-on tour that traces the history of winter holiday celebrations in America. They met an 1840s Santa and joined in a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.” They also learned about the history of the Christmas tree and had a chance to kick up their heels with some 19th century dancing. In addition, they joined in singing 19th century Christmas carols and discovered what gift giving was like in the 1800s.
The fifth grade students also had an opportunity to work with Dr. O’Keefe from RIT and his graduate students as part of the Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project. Allendale Columbia students and faculty are collaborating with RIT as part of a grant from the New York State Council on The Arts. Our fifth grade students tested out the mobile devices by following the digital stories on a self guided tour. Then they filled out an exit survey to give constructive feedback to the research team. The students will eventually be writing the stories for the mobile devices. It was important for them to explore the building on the museum grounds and get familiar with the devices themselves.
It was a wonderful day for all, and we look forward to future visits to the museum. It is exciting to think that our students are designing and contributing in such a big way to a meaningful project.
Posted in: Fifth Grade, Lower School