In Lane Salter's History class, her 5th graders create their own Jamestown. Instead of just learning about our 1607 colonial settlement, the students engage in a thoughtful project where they need to analyze the different factors that contributed to the failed colony. Using the book, Written in Bone, and some wonderful National Geographic articles, the students also learn about forensic anthropology to deduce what happened to the early colonists based on the evidence presented. From there, the students alter the factors to try to build a better Jamestown. This includes building wells, fort design and altering the relationship with local indiginous people.
Thinking: Deductive reasoning; critical thinking; cause and effect
Student Learning: student research; structured research documentation; scaffolding forensic evidence to draw theories.
4D Learning: Student engagement is achieved through each piece of the hands-on element of discovery: the research, the discussions and collaboration, the Jamestown build, and the final assessment.