History Hits the Road to Woodsdale - 2008 Jaffarian Award Winner

Woodsdale Elementary: History Hits the Road to Woodsdale

School:Woodsdale Elementary School, Wheeling, West Virginia

Nominated by: Sandra Wiseman, School Library Media Specialist


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Program Summary:

Partnering with local historians, the West Virginia Humanities Council, the PTA, parents and community volunteers, “History Hits the Road” allowed students to experience life in the 19th century through hands-on learning. Teachers of all grade levels built classroom activities around the theme, using reading, research, role playing, crafts and music to actively engage students in understanding the pioneer life.  The program incorporated many activities from the pioneer days, including corn grinding, spinning and weaving, candle dipping and decorative paper marbling, illustrating for students and their parents what life was like in 19th century America.


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History Hitting the Road                                                     finished artwork
  History Hitting the Road                                                                                      Finished artwork


candlemaking                                                     Spinning Yarn
  Candlemaking                                                                                                     Spinning yarn


Reflection from the Award Winner


Award Presentation Image 

Award Winner picture


                                     Barbara Immroth presenting to Sandra Wiseman
                                      Barbara Immroth presents Sandra Wiseman as 2008 award winner


Jaffarian Committee Chair Barbara Immroth presents
award to Sandra Wiseman


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