Danger and Rebellion
Imagine yourself as a 5th grade student listening to your teacher tell a story about great danger and rebellion. A story of a widow, Rebel Rose, who befriended presidents, senators and high-ranking military officers. A story about a widow who led a secret life as a spy and was credited by Jefferson Davis with helping to secure the South’s victory at the First Battle of Bull Run in late July 1861. A spy who later died off the coast of Wilmington when her row boat capsized while being chased by a Union gunboat. The story of Rose O’Neal Greenhow, aka Rebel Rose, is just one of the many exciting stories shared in Mrs. McLean’s 5th grade classroom, where she is a master at drawing students in and making history come alive.
Helping students investigate interesting historical figures is just one of the ways Mrs. McLean enhances social studies. Another way is by embarking on a week’s worth of educational field trips while teaching about the Civil War. Students were able to visit multiple sites around Wilmington that bring this history alive, including the gravesite of Rebel Rose. During these trips, students are immersed in the rich culture and history of our beautiful southern city, while experiencing history first hand.
Field trips are such an important part of our curriculum in the Lower School. These trips afford students the chance to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences and physical artifacts. Information presented through experiential learning teaches concepts in a variety of modalities and gives students access to tools, artifacts, and environments that cannot be recreated within the four walls of our classrooms. Exploring the world outside of CFA gives students a chance to think about topics from a different perspective, not to mention practicing socio-emotional and critical thinking skills in the real world. Did you know that since the start of school, LE1 through 5th grade classes have embarked on at least 13 amazing field trips?