Celebration of Learning and PSA’S

Students chose a Lewis Hine photo of a child laborer and studied the working conditions that child may have experienced.  They wrote journals as if they were that child, and even drew their own artist rendition of the photo.

For our Celebration of Learning students put on a living exhibit museum where they dressed up and took on the role of the child in the photo.  Guests asked them questions about their life, their job, and their working conditions.

After studying about child labor in the past.  We studied modern day child labor. Students planned and created Public Service Announcements as a potential solution to child labor inequalities worldwide.  Click on the link below to listen to their PSA’s.


Better World Day! 🌎

On May 4th our  5/6 grade students participated in EL Education’s Better World Day by doing spring clean up for Willard City. They worked very hard for several hours.  I am very proud of them for their hard work and positive attitudes! Great job serving your community! Thank you to the parents who also helped!

Important Events and Dates

The end of the school year is a very busy time.  Here is a few important events and dates you should be aware of .

April 30th–Sage Testing Begins

May 4th–EL’s Better World Day (Service Project): The 5/6 community will be doing their 2nd annual service project for Willard City.  Students will be helping with the city’s spring clean up. Students will need to wear fieldwork attire, appropriate for the work and the weather.  They also MUST have a pair of work gloves.  Bring shovels and rakes, if possible.

May 19th–Mega Celebration and Ribbon Cutting: Refer to the picture below and/or check your email for a schedule of events.  The 5/6 CELEBRATION OF LEARNING will be from 4:00-4:30.  YOUR STUDENT WILL NEED TO BE HERE AT 3:30 to get ready.  See the schedule of events for additional information.

  • Our class is in charge of creating a GIRLY GIRL and a SPORTS basket for the fundraiser.  Please help our class create our baskets by sending in any donations that fit either of the themes.  The sooner you can send in your donations the better.  Thank you 🙂

May 22 – May 23–6th Grade Passages: You will be receiving a letter about passages soon.

May 25, 29, and 30th–Intensives:  More information soon

June 1st–Last day of school!

Fieldwork to “This is the Place Heritage Park”

At “This is the Place Heritage Park” students were able to experience what life was like in the past and compare it to modern times.  They learned that sometimes children were “sold” or “rented” out to blacksmiths to work, because the parents could no longer afford to feed them.  The children, as young as 7, were sent to work, under contract for around 7 years.  They worked for 2 meals a day, a place to sleep, and the chance to go to school.  They worked very long hours. Students were able to relate this to the working conditions children experienced during the Industrial Revolution and with the current working conditions children experience globally.

Fieldwork to Gossner’s Factory

Students have been learning about working conditions and child labor during the Industrial Revolution. Our class went to Gossner’s factory to examine working conditions in a local, modern factory.  They were able to compare the working conditions, health, safety, environment, and treatment of employees with those from the past. Didn’t get a lot of photos 😦

Child Labor

Our Long Term Learning Target for this case study is: I can connect (identify) with someone affected by unfair working conditions.  To meet this target, students chose a Lewis Hine photograph of a child laborer.  They studied the working conditions that child may have endured.

In the photos below, students are creating journals. Students will take on the perspective of the child in the photo they chose and will use these journals to describe what working life was like and how it was changed by unfair working conditions.


Case Study 2: Working Conditions

We have finished our study of the novel Lyddie and the working conditions she encountered at a young age.  Now, we are beginning our second case study where we will be studying child labor and working conditions in many different fields of work.

In this “Hosted Gallery Walk” students were able to become an “expert” about child labor and working conditions in specific areas such as; farming and food production, oyster shucking, coal mining, mill work, canneries, cotton picking, and newsies.  Students were very surprised at the working conditions these young workers had to endure.  After becoming “experts”, students then used their knowledge to teach others.