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Third Grade Steps Out of the Classroom
Posted 12/04/2017 01:00PM

The study of Native American culture and people forms the yearlong curriculum of Far Brook's Third Grade. Every fall, the students step out of the classroom and travel to coastal and woodland environments to explore the historical life of the New Jersey's native people, the Lenape. On their trip to Sandy Hook National Seashore in early October, guides from the NJ Sea Grant Consortium gave the Third Grade hands-on experience with traditional fishing techniques, plant and animal identification, and described the arduous annual journey these native people took 350 years ago from their home in northern New Jersey to the ocean shore near Sandy Hook to gather fish and shellfish. 

In November, the class traveled to Waterloo Village, a restored living history village on the banks of the Musconetcong River  in Stanhope, New Jersey. There, the students experienced the day-to-day life of the Lenape people before and after contact with European settlers. They handled traditional Lenape tools for grinding corn and preparing food, explored bark wigwams, longhouses, native gardens, artifacts, and the Lenape world as it might have been at the turn of the 17th century.

Back in the classroom after these vivid, immersive days, the students created art and reflected on the experience in their journals.

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