In fourth grade, we study Wisconsin history for the second half of the school year. In May, we bring all we've learned about to life in a special event called Wisconsin Pioneer Day. The fun event is held in our classroom, on the playground, and in our school cafeteria. The students dress up in old-fashioned clothing and bring a historic lunch. They get to participate in historical games, activities, and crafts that pioneers like Laura Ingalls Wilder and others of her time would have done in our state. Parents are invited at the end of the day to come see what their children have learned. The hands-on, interactive day specially correlates to the book Little House in the Big Woods that we read earlier in the year. Check out the list of fun things we do as well as some event pictures from last year's event below. It's a great way for students to step back in time and learn about our state's history. I'm hoping that it's a fun, engaging day for my students that they will always remember! On Wisconsin!
Churning butter Making johnny-cakes Grinding coffee Dancing the Virginia Reel Using a quill pen Having a school lesson Making yarn dolls Coloring paper dolls Playing the game of graces Playing Native American games Playing clothespin drop Playing hunt-the-ring