Oakwood 4th grade students visited Monterey State Historic Park Association today and expanded upon what they have learned as part of their history unit of the time period when California was a part of Mexico. They broke into small groups and rotated between 4 engaging stations: cooking, branding, embroidery, and games. As a group they twisted twine into rope. After a short break for lunch under the shady trees, they journeyed to the historic custom house, where a few of the students re-enacted a typical conversation between a ship captain and a customs official of the time. They then participated in a scavenger hunt of the items in the Custom House. The day ended with each student taking on the part of a ship captain describing to a customs officer where they were bringing goods from, if they had paid their taxes, and whether or not they were a smuggler! The tour guides commented several times on how well informed and polite our students were. Great job 4th grade! View the news post to see a photo slideshow.
4th Grade Field Trip Provides Hands-on Exploration of California History