Tomorrow, scores of local eighth-graders will take part in a real-live learning center dedicated to cross-disciplinary studies of the Civil War.
On “Civil War Day,” Port Chester Middle School students play sports and games from the 1860s, interact with tradesmen, watch a camp get set up and do more to mark the era.
Officials from the district told Patch that the school does this every other year, alternating with “Colonial Day.” Many teachers will also dress in Civil War-era costume, officials say.
Here’s a breakdown of what kids will experience in different classes (from a press release):
In Social Studies classes, students will take part in several sports of the time period. These will include: Hopscotch, horseshoes and jacks. (Auxiliary Gym)
In Science classes, students will go outside to see blacksmith Bill Fitzgerald who will demonstrate the “tools” of his trade. (Weather permitting.)
English Language Arts
In ELA classes, re-enactors will be present to demonstrate how a Civil War camp was set up and how battles were fought. This presentation will be complete with uniforms and artifacts. The re-enactors will then be available for a question and answer session with the students.
In Math classes, the students will be playing popular games the soldiers played during the Civil War, such as dominoes, dice and checkers.
In Foreign Language classes, the students will be beading and are making yarn lanyard bookmarks. This activity will help to celebrate the Civil War Era pastime of craft making.