Third-grade history night June 9

May 31, 2014
Diorama showing industry in Camden Harbor in the 1920s. The diorama is on display in the History Center of the Camden Public Library.

Camden — The Camden Public Library will host Camden-Rockport Elementary School teacher Steve Seidell and the Third Grade Team Monday, June 9, from 5 to 6 p.m.

As part of a year-long project with Heather Moran, the library’s History Center director, the third grade has created a local history website, which will be available to view on iPads and other computers. There will also be “Tunnel Books” on display about each of the historical sites visited. Moran led the kids on tours of local historical sites such as the Seabright Dam, gunpowder mill site, the waterfront, Opera House, Knox Mill, and the Conway Boulder. A Tunnel Book is a 3-D work of art created by the students.

During the event at the library there will be an informational booth about Youth Arts (one of the sponsors), a tour of the History Center, and a chance to meet author Liza Walsh. Walsh worked with the students to develop their written narratives. The website will be devoted to local history and will post narratives written by the students, “then and now” pictures, photos of the tunnel books, and links to related sites.

Local history is a major component of the social studies curriculum in the third grade at Camden-Rockport Elementary School. The students worked in small groups under adult supervision to read a variety of source material and took notes before writing several drafts of their historical narratives. Liza Walsh provided several mini-lessons about the writing process and injecting voice into one’s writing.

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