Colonial America Comes Alive at Long Beach Middle School

Schools and Libraries

December 5, 2013



Seventh-grade teachers at Long Beach Middle School breathed new life into the study of Colonial America by staging a Colonial Day. Aided by the expertise of social studies teacher Dr. John Marr, teachers donned authentic Colonial attire to help students experience a taste of Colonial life through themed workshops. The library was adorned with Colonial flags and genuine artifacts, which students were asked to analyze in an artifacts workshop. In a musket workshop, Dr. Marr, dressed as a New York provincial soldier, gave students a taste of what it was like to be a soldier during that era. In other workshops, students learned the secret of Ben Franklin's Magic Squares, wrote poetry in the style of the times and explored the uses of medicinal herbs.