One-Room Schoolhouse   Offered all year

A child’s day in 1900 begins with farm chores, followed by a walk to school. Don’t forget to pack your lunch in your lunch pail! At the Schoolhouse, the school mistress conducts lessons in reading, penmanship, arithmetic, and science. Once they are done with their schoolwork, children go outside for an old-fashioned recess!  

Program Objectives: 

Students will participate in a typical, circa 1900 school day, and age-appropriate lessons, in order to understand:

  • That children played an important role in farming, which often affected their school attendance
  • That a century ago, students studied many of the same  topics as children today, but classroom rules and attendance expectations were often different
  • That the basic aspects of going to school have not changed significantly in the last 100 years


Essential Questions:

  • What topics did parents want their children to learn? How is this different from what is taught today?
  • Was a child’s schooling influenced by their probable career as an  adult? If so, how? 
  • How were children’s lives different 100 years ago? How were they the same? 
  •  What are some differences between school today and in 1900? 


STEM Standards

Next Generation Science Standards: • ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems • LS1 From Molecule to Organism • LS2 Ecosystems NJ Science Standards: • 6.1.B Community • 6.1.C Affects of transition from agriculture to industry • 6.1.D History, Culture, Perspectives • 6.1.8.D.4.b Expansion and Reform NJ English Language Arts Curriculum Standards: • NJSLSA.R1. Key Ideas and Details: Comprehension • NJSLSA.R2. Key Ideas and Details: Central Themes • NJSLSA.R3. Key Ideas and Details: Analyze • NJSLSA.R4. Craft and Structure: Meaning and Tone • NJSLSA.R7. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Diverse Media Formats • NJSLSA.R8. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Evaluate the Argument • NJSLSA.R9. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Compare Texts • NJSLSA.R10. Reading Competency Pennsylvania Academic Standards for History, Grades Pre-K-8: • 8.1 Historical Analysis and Skills Development • 8.1.A Continuity and Change Over Time • 8.1.C Research • 8.3 United States History • 8.3.B Historical Documents and Artifacts • 8.3.C Impact of Continuity and Change Pa. Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology: • 4.5.3.D Ecology • 4.4.3.B-C Agriculture and Society • 4.4.5.C Agriculture and Society Pa. Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education: • 3.3.4-5.A1 Earth Features and the Processes that Change It • 3.3.4-5.A2 Earth’s Resources/Materials • 3.1.3.A3 Life Cycles • 3.1.3-5.A2 Energy Flow Pennsylvania Core Standards for English Language Arts: • 1.1 Foundational Skills • 1.2 Reading Informational Text • 1.5 Speaking and Listening • CC.1.Comprehension and Collaboration • CC.1.5.A Collaborative Discussion • CC.1.5.B Critical Listening

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