The fourth graders learned all about The Industrial Revolution on a field trip to the Lowell Mills in April.
The students were assigned a role of an immigrant or refugee who traveled to America and role played their journey. After arriving in America, they unpacked luggage and examined cultural artifacts from their home country. Then they had to find other immigrants that spoke their native language by saying "hello" in that language.
They participated in a “town meeting” to debate an issue that troubled Lowell’s native-born and Irish in 1830, after viewing “A School for Kids Like Me,” a short, powerful film that introduces students to the controversy and prepares them to engage in the debate.
After, they explored the “Mill Girls and Immigrants” exhibit at the boardinghouse and saw a working mill.
It was very hands on and fun way to learn about this important time period in our local history.