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7th Grade Visits Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

posted May 11, 2016, 5:34 AM by Saint Francis Xavier School Information   [ updated May 11, 2016, 5:44 AM ]
The inter-disciplinary curriculum inspired by Clickety Clack:  Wool, Work and Waterpower, An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Guide published by the Heritage Winooski Mill Museum,  has become an integral unit of study for  the SFX Middle School.  This year the curriculum weaves together the study of the novel Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop in Language Arts, immigration and the Industrial Revolution in Social Studies, and researching the images of Lewis Hines in the digital photography collection of the Library of Congress in Digital Learning.  The culmination of  this meaningful integrated study is for the students  to walk down the hill to the mills and along the banks of the Winooski river to the Mill Museum.  There they discover and experience for themselves what life was indeed like for the mill workers. Some of our students see photographs of their own family members and history in the displays.   Our recent visit to the Mill Museum was greatly enhanced by the  expertise of Museum Educator Miriam Block to bring the students’ studies alive in a relevant and memorable hands-on experience.

The 7th grade sketch a part of the loom at the Mill Museum.

7th graders try their hand at changing out bobbins.