We cleared out the room and organized it to look like a convention center or a museum. The fifth and sixth grade came in waves and engaged with the "installations" by completing a scavenger hunt that my students had created for them. The best thing that I happened, that I really hadn't planned for, was the amazing sense of pride my 8th graders felt about sharing their knowledge. They became amazing experts and really wanted to share their expertise with their visitors. Although, I have to tweak it for next year (the creation of the project was sooooooo long) I will definitely do it again!
The best part, though, about studying the industrial Revolution, is that we live smack dab in the middle of its history. Shortly after our museum, my kiddos and I got to spend the day weaving away at the Lowell Mills.
My favorite thing about this whole unit is how the children were able to submerse themselves into a topic that is sometimes hard to personalize. Yeah for hands on learning!!!