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Fourth-graders explore Colonial history

Jaymi Wilbanks For The Observer

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NEWBERRY — Jaymi Wilbanks’ fourth-graders from Newberry Academy traveled to Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville on Sept. 24.


The students attended two educational programs at the center. In the “American Revolutionaries” class students explored the 13 colonies and their roles in the fight for independence. The students learned about the motivation to become free from Great Britain.


Each student had to state reasons to declare their independence and was actually able to use feather and ink to sign The Declaration of Independence. Students were also able to travel back in time and become actual soldiers in a battle of the American Revolution.


The students were excited about learning more of their own history and roots through hands-on instruction given by a school marm from the 1800s. They toured an actual one-room schoolhouse built in the 1800s and homesteads and farms of the era.


Wilbanks’ fourth-graders also visited the learning center at Roper Mountain Science Center to learn about “Classifying the Plants of the Rain forest.” The students enjoyed a tour of a model of an actual rain forest. Each student had to find and describe flowering and non-flowering plants in the butterfly garden, too. The students also enjoyed a picnic lunch on-site.


Jaymi Wilbanks is a fourth-grade teacher at Newberry Academy

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