Harvest Festival Lyndon House Arts Center & Athens Community Council on Aging The Harvest Festival



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Harvest Festival

Lyndon House Arts Center &

Athens Community Council on Aging

The Harvest Festival is an excellent way for children to experience first hand some of Georgia’s history. It consists of educational demonstrations of “old-time” crafts and art, tours of the historic Ware-Lyndon House (c.1850), and farm animals. We include the agriculture component to help children learn that people in years past used the local cotton, trees, corn, as well as the wool from sheep to make their clothes and their crafts. They ate eggs from chickens and drank milk from cows and used local ingredients for cooking. The crafts were a part of their everyday life and many were a necessity. We offer this event as a weekday educational activity so that children in Clarke and surrounding counties can take part is this experiential way of learning.



(Please note, groups of 10 or more need to register. To register or for more information, please call Elise or Emory at the Athens Community Council on Aging at 706-549-4850.)

Field Trip to 37th Annual Harvest Festival

Lyndon House Arts Center &

Athens Community Council on Aging
Grade: 2nd (Adaptable for older grades)

Subjects: English-Language Arts and Social Studies

Overview of the Lessons: This program is divided into 3 parts; each builds upon the other and will expand and reinforce the learning. Teachers are free to use whatever is helpful and adapt as needed.

Part I: Introduction to the Harvest Festival - Pre-Field Trip Activity

Students will view power point presentation and learn new vocabulary words related to the festival. Students will prepare questions for interviewing demonstrators.
Part II: Field Trip to the Harvest Festival

Students will attend the Harvest Festival, tour the Ware-Lyndon Historic House and listen to, observe and interview demonstrators. Over 50 live demonstrations will take place between the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Community Council on Aging.


Part III: Follow-Up - Post-Field Trip Activity

Students will write a letter or a short essay describing their experiences and impressions of the festival. They will be encouraged to use the new vocabulary words. This follow-up activity is intended to reinforce what was learned from the first two parts and to make the whole experience more personal and memorable.


Learning Objectives:

Georgia, My State

Enduring Understandings

  • People in the past had different kinds of food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights and freedoms from people today.

  • The natural world and people around us shape what we do.

  • Scarcity requires people to make choices and those choices have opportunity costs.



Time Required: Each of the three parts can be expanded if the teacher would like.
Part I: l class period

Part II: 2 hours, more or less

Part III: 1 to 2 class periods

Georgia Performance Standards: These are addressed are at the end of this plan.


Part I: Introduction to Harvest Festival - Pre-Field Trip Activity

Lesson Overview: Students will be introduced to the festival and to the Ware-Lyndon Historic House through a variety of media, will learn new vocabulary words related to the festival and compose interview questions.
Learning Objectives:

  • Students will view power point presentation

  • Where available, students will read related resources (books, internet, etc.)

  • Students will increase vocabulary by studying words from the attached list

  • Students will prepare 2 or more questions to ask a demonstrator

Materials:

Paper & pencil for writing

Vocabulary list attached Books or other resources

To access power point presentations, please see: athenscommunitycouncilonaging.org



Optional Resouces:

Children’s Clothing of the 1800’s by David Schimpky & Bobbie Kalman

19th Century Girls and Women by Bobbie Kalman

Games from Long Ago by Bobbie Kalman, Illustrated by Barbara Bedell

A Child’s Day by Bobbie Kalman & Tammy Everts, Illustrated by Antoinette DeBiasi

(The above books are available from Crabtree Publishing Company)



Addy’s Cook Book The American Girls Collection
Steps:

1. Distribute vocabulary word list.


2. Show the power point presentation. Encourage students to notice any of the vocabulary words.
3. If any extra resources are being used, students may look at or read those at this time.
4. Review vocabulary words, their pronunciation and their meaning.
5. Discuss with students how to interview others for information. Guide students in writing 2 or 3 questions that they will ask demonstrators at the festival.

Part II: Field Trip to the Harvest Festival

Lesson Overview: Students will attend the Harvest Festival, tour the Ware-Lyndon Historic House and listen to, observe and interview demonstrators.

Below is a list of demonstrations we have had in the past.


Learning Objectives:

  • Students will travel to Lyndon House Arts Center and Athens Community Council on Aging for the field trip

  • Students will observe different demonstrations.

  • Students will take turns “interviewing” the demonstrators, using oral strategies to communicate.

  • Students will be encouraged to observe as much as possible and to discuss their observations.


Demonstrations from past years: (Specific demonstrations vary each year. We cannot guarantee these exact ones will be available.)

Antique Tools

Crochet

Music

Antique Toy Display

Dancing

Newspaper Printing

Broom Making

Farm Animals

Quilting

Blacksmithing

Historic House Tours

Rug Weaving

Candy Apples

Horse Drawn Carriage

Soap Making

Chair Caning

Knitting

Spinning

China Painting

Lace Making

Story Telling

Clay Pot Throwing

Landscape Painting

Toy Making & Games

Corn Husk Dolls

Laundry

Weaving


Materials: Please bring whatever is needed for a field trip of this type. If students will be on the field trip during lunch time, they will want to bring a lunch. Often there are small items for sale for those who wish to purchase a souvenir.
Steps:

1. Prior to the trip, teachers will have been sent instructions.


2. On the day of the trip, teachers will check-in at the registration desk and will receive a program and maps for both locations.
3. As the group goes from demonstrator to demonstrator, students may take turns asking the demonstrator questions. It is up to the teacher how long to spend at each demonstrator. We usually have a horse drawn carriage for students to ride in and experience “old-time” transportation. We encourage riding just one way as there is often a line.
4. Students are encouraged to observe as much as possible and to notice when any of the vocabulary words are used.

Part III: Follow-Up - Post-Field Trip Activity

Lesson Overview: Students will write a letter or a short essay describing their experiences and impressions of the festival. They will be encouraged to use the new vocabulary words. This follow-up activity is intended to reinforce what was learned from the first two parts and to make the whole experience more personal and memorable.
Learning Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate competency in the writing process.

  • Students will learn appropriate formatting conventions for letter writing

  • Students will compose a letter describing their experience of the festival


Materials:

Vocabulary list Other resources as needed

Paper & Pencils
Steps:

1. The teacher may lead students in a discussion of what they saw and learned at the festival. (Who, what, when, where & how questions would be a way to stimulate a thought provoking discussion.) Students are encouraged to share with the class what they learned from their “interviews”.


2. Students will be shown the appropriate formatting conventions for writing a letter (e.g., date, salutation, body, closing).
3. Students will decide who to write their letter to and will begin composing a letter describing their experience of the festival. They will be encouraged to use any new words they have learned.
4. Additionally, if needed, students could learn how to generate ideas for a rough draft before composing the letter. This activity could also be an opportunity to practice additional skills in competent letter writing.
5. To have students draw pictures suggestive of their impressions from the event would extend the learning even further and would be a very effective way to capture impressions.

Some of the Georgia Performance Standards Addressed:



(Other standards also apply.)

ELA2LSV1 The student uses oral and visual strategies to communicate. The student

a. Interprets information presented and seeks clarification when needed.

b. Begins to use oral language for different purposes.

d. Listens to and views a variety of media to acquire information.

e. Increases vocabulary to reflect a growing range of interests and knowledge.
ELA2R3 The student acquires and uses grade-level words to communicate effectively. The student

a. Reads a variety of texts and uses new words in oral and written language.


ELA2Wl The student demonstrates competency in the writing process. The student

a. Writes text of a length appropriate to address a topic and tell a story.

b. Uses traditional organizational patterns for conveying information.

e. Begins to use appropriate formatting conventions for letter writing.

(additional standards may apply from this section at teacher’s discretion)
SS2G2 The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS2H1.

See list of local historic figures below.

Many of the performance standards in section SS2G2 could be further developed in connection with the Harvest Festival and the Historic House.

SS2Hl The student will read about and describe the lives of historical figures in Georgia history. (Note: local historic figures are referred to in the Ware-Lyndon historic house and are listed below.)

a. Identify the contributions made by these local historic figures.

b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different form everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms).

Local historic figures:

Lucy May Stanton Painter of portraits & miniatures

Dr. Edward Ware Mayor of Athens

Monroe “Pink” Morton Founder of the Morton Theatre Ben Epps Built first airplane in Georgia

Crawford Long Discovered anesthesia
If you have any questions regarding this lesson, please contact

Lyndon House Arts Center at 706-613-3623.
Vocabulary Word List
(feel free to add additional words)
Blacksmith
Butter churning
Clay & pottery
Cotton
Craft
Dairy cows
Harvest
Interview
Landscape painting
Printing press & newspaper printing
Printing
Quilting
Sheep
Spinning
Weaving
Wool


May add:

Words from Demonstrator List


Local Historic Figures as listed above

Please contact Lyndon House Arts Center (706-613-3623) if you have any questions regarding this vocabulary list or would like additional words or explanations.

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