BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - After spending time studying some of Colonial America's most influential and important sites in the classroom, students in Bronxville got to get hands-on recently during their trip to Philadelphia.
Last week, fifth-grade students from the Elementary School took a trip to "the birthplace of American freedom" and toured the city's many historical sites, including the museums where the Founding Fathers worked to create the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.
In preparation to the fifth grade class’ visit to the nation’s original capital, students engaged in an in-depth study of American history during the launch of “Museum Monday."
According to school officials, the program prepared students for their visit to the National Constitution Center, a core component of the field trip to Pennsylvania, which will concentrate on the importance of the United States Constitution.
As part of the program, students and staff have been busy studying the idea of liberty in America and how it has evolved to help form the contemporary United States. Through a series of lessons and interactive activities, students have been busy examining the Preamble of the Constitution this week, discussing and studying the forefathers that wrote and signed it.
During the trip, students were introduced to the works of the people responsible for helping mold modern America through the various visits to Philadelphia's famous museums and sites.
The fifth-graders will now engage in project-based learning experiences as they continue studying and examining the history behind the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
Victoria, a student in Sarah Zoneshine’s fifth grade class, said that by studying American history in advance of the trip, she and her classmates were able to better appreciate the historical scenes in Philadelphia.
“(The Constitution) has good rules to keep our country safe and clean, and it has rules for people,” she said. “It has ways to make the country a better place.”