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Middle School “Document Detectives”

on February 18, 2016

WVMS fifth graders recently became “History Detectives” and explored some important events in Warwick’s history.

MS teacher, Mr. Kevin McGovern, coordinated with the Warwick Historical Society to visit each 5th grade class over the course of a week. Students were given numerous documents and resources, ranging from detailed timelines of important events to photographs of different places in the town.

If you looked at the documents closely with a magnifying glass, there were many details, such as dates and the materials the bikes of that time were made of, that could be identified. By looking at details in a photograph, such as whether sidewalks were present or hydrants (meaning water piping had been installed) or bikes with wheels made of wood, one could narrow down what year(s) a particular photo was taken.

Students were highly engaged, using all kinds of tools, including magnifying glasses and Chromebooks to investigate. This was a wonderful activity, giving our students an authentic look at the history of their own town.

We thank the 5th grade and the Warwick Historical Society for organizing this experience together!



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