This week some students went to the Missoula Public Library to do research. Some students went to the computer lab at Sentinel High School and did online research using the LiveBinder website. The third graders did hard copy research in their rooms. Students in the computer lab used Google Docs to store all of the research and images they found. They also recorded some of their research using a shared Google Doc. In addition, students used Diigo to bookmark additional websites they found useful.
Today Mrs. Petty and I met with the high school students only. We discussed the details of the assignment and the high school students chose which person they would like to research. Details were presented both about the primary and secondary resources that they would be using. Field trips and oral history interviews were discussed. Students were also told about the mobile app that was created for this project.
Another great face-to-face visit with the third graders and high school students. This time, however, the venue was the third grade room at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. Students were introduced to the actual project they will be working on and a description of the final project, the historical documentary, was explained.
Students also discovered what all of the "mystery people" had in common. All of these people were children in 1883 when Missoula, Montana officially became a town. They will use primary sources and oral interviews to reconstruct life in Missoula County in the late 19th century through the eyes of children living at that time. In performing their research, they will visit local historic sites, examine photos, family histories, letters and diaries; and conduct interviews.
After students conduct their research, they will analyze, organize, and present what they have learned to other students, parents, members of the community through the production of short video documentaries of each person they research.
Following are images from this visit while students were research three questions.
Students discovered in their research that one thing that all of the people had in common was that they were all children during 1883, when Missoula, got it's first Mayor and when the first Northern Pacific passenger train came to Missoula.