At the end of April, the grade 4 class explored nature, California history, and Native American history in Coloma. The three day, two night trip was highlighted by a hoedown with a live performance from the band Slim Pickens, where all of the students danced, and a talk given by Native American speaker Kimberly Shining Star. Around a campfire, Shining Star recounted old stories of the Nisenan tribe and taught the students about her culture.
The students were able to tie in the information they learned in history class about the California gold rush with real life experiences when they panned for gold in the American River. They also had the opportunity to learn about the local flora and fauna as they hiked to the top of Monroe Ridge.
For more information about the trip, contact Kristin Giammona, elementary school division head, at firstname.lastname@example.org.