Granby 4th graders learn Colonial trades


Granby Elementary School fourth-grade teachers recently offered their students hands-on learning experiences when the children participated in Colonial trade activities.
 
The team brought together local craftsmen to educate the students on carpentry, leather working, quilting, spinning, shoemaking and butter making during the annual fourth-grade Colonial Trade Day.  Students listened to guest speakers share their love of the craft as they worked on the following activities: made a wooden helicopter toy, used a piece of leather to create a bookmark, helped make butter and worked together to create a paper quilt.
 
During the first half of the Colonial-American academic unit, students read much literature on the topic ahead of their Colonial trade research project. Each student will select a trade of their choice to research and complete a PowerPoint presentation.
 
Throughout the remainder of the academic unit, the fourth-graders will also learn about family, religion, roles of men and women, work and play during Colonial times.


Avery Lawton, left, and Allie Swick, right, work on their wooden
helicopter projects during the carpentry portion of Granby Elementary
School’s annual fourth-grade Colonial Trade Day.