2007-05-25 / Community

Walnut Canyon celebrates Family History Day

Walnut Canyon Elementary School in Moorpark hosted its eighth annual Family History Day recently.

Second-grade students learned about history and cultures through crafts, games, and an artifact and cultural museum. Students were encouraged to wear costumes from their cultures during the handson activities. The children also gave a musical and dance performance about family history.

In preparation for the day, students were asked to act as family historians and interview their parents, grandparents and other family members. The students completed an ancestor packet, including a family tree, and investigated how things were different long ago. Each student created an ancestor doll that is displayed in the school hallway.

The event was originated by Allison Yager, a second-grade teacher who wrote the unit as part of The Beginning Teacher Institute for Social Studies, part of the California History/Social Science Project.

This is the 10th year that the unit was taught to second-grade students by Yager and other second-grade teachers, including Cambria Tooley, Grace Fitzgerald, Peggy Weak and Natalie Meeks.

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