Seminar 2017-18

The Challenge seminar group will meet eight times together this year.  Four of those times we will meet at Central Office to participate in cooperative group activities with a social studies focus.  The other four dates we will travel to the Ohio History Center for some exciting hands-on experiences.


Seminar March 6, 2018

On Tuesday, March 6th, the Challenge seminar students once again returned to the Ohio History Center, to take part in the School Days immersive program.  The morning class, for the third and fourth grade students, was taught by the schoolmistress; the schoolmaster took over in the afternoon for the fifth grade students.

Boys sat on one side of the schoolhouse and girls sat on the other.

Both classes had a spelling bee, worked their math problems on slates with chalk, and wrote in their copy books with the berry ink they made the previous month.  

Students also read aloud from McGuffey’s Fifth Reader.

The groups, when not in the school house, revisited portions of the museum.  The fifth grade spent time in the 50s display, and both groups were able to look at the natural history of Ohio in more depth.

Our final seminar of this school year, on April 4th, will also be the last of the field trips to the Ohio History Center, for the Underground Railroad Program.  

Seminar February 8, 2018

Yahoo!  Another day in a week of snow that we were able to meet for seminar!

¨Reverend John Rankin¨ visited our group in the morning to talk about his work in Ripley, Ohio as one of the most active conductors on the Underground Railroad. We learned about the abolitionist movement in southern Ohio in the 1820s, including how the Rankin family assisted hundreds of escaped slaves as they made their way to freedom. Slides helped the students better understand the hardships of slavery and the risks of running.  

Our rotations included activities to prepare for the next two seminars: the trip to the Ohio History Center on 3/6, when we will be immersed in the School Days program; and, the 4/ 4 trip to study the Underground Railroad.  Mr. Bohland's session included discussing the Rankin portrayal, reading and discussing  Henry’s Freedom Box, and using a site for learning about plantation life from different perspectives.  A box was available in case anyone wanted to hop in to see what a 27 hour trip in a box might feel like.  The other activity in preparation for April was viewing/reading about the items that came from the Ohio History Center's trunk, along with reading a picture book on this topic independently, then sharing and comparing information with a person who read a different book.  The activity that needed to be done prior to our 3/6 visit was to make ink from berries for our writing experience in the 1880s school.  Information about how schools differed from then to now was read, while also filling in a crossword puzzle when clues were found. 

The day ended with a buzzer competition that included questions from the day's activities, along with questions from previous seminars.  Because the interest for this activity was high, Mr. Bohland included other questions from a variety of areas of knowledge. It got quite competitive! 

I apologize for the confusion caused by my email regarding the requested dress for 3/6.  Three students came dressed very appropriately and were willing to model for the group, so that there is a better understanding of the dress appropriate for the period.  Thank you to them! We appreciate their willingness to share!

Seminar January 9, 2018

We feel so fortunate that January 9th was NOT a snow day and we had the opportunity to meet for seminar!

The day began with small groups working collaboratively to  finish the survival list activity started in November,  and organizing our artifact cards into “galleries”. We then broke into larger groups for rotations that included: making copy books for our March field trip to the museum; a Kahoot game that was a review of past seminar activities, along with identifying the names of members in our group; and, Puzzlemania, a series of logic and math puzzles that could be worked on individually or with a partner.

Our next seminar is February 8, at Central Office.  We will be using a trunk of articles from the Ohio History Center to prepare for our April field trip, the Underground Railroad Immersive Program.  We also need to prepare ink for our March School Days Immersive Program, so that we have something with which to write in our copy books.  And...we will continue to learn the names and interests of students who we only see once a month.

Seminar December 6, 2017
Our trip to the Ohio History Center last Wednesday involved three major activities: a self guided Museum Quest during which we searched for answers to questions provided by the museum staff; a Domestic Tour that took us through the pioneer homestead and the Lustron House (a definite favorite!); and, an activity that enabled us to handle items that are kept behind glass.  Your child held a moustache cup - several even guessed its use - a helmet from World War I, the skull of a longnose gar, and yellow glass that has uranium in its composition which glows in fluorescent light. 
Seminar November 15, 2017
Continuing with our museum theme, we had two galleries filled with 34 vintage and/or unique items.  The students rotated through both galleries to guess what each item was used for.  Then with a partner, they researched one item using any clues found such as patent number or manufacturer's name.  After lunch, we shared the results of our research and were able to compare findings with our guesses.  
The last portion of the day was spent doing a team building survival activity.  Each child prioritized ten items from a list of 30, necessary for survival.  They then worked in a small group to compare, share and reprioritize.  This activity will continue in January.
Seminar October 10, 2017
We hope that your child has shared experiences from her/his day at the Ohio History Center.  We arrived at the center by 10:15 and had a quick orientation. We then divided into groups, for several hands-on activities which included:
  • Information about the archaeological process, the actual dig, followed by analyzing our finds and drawing conclusions;
  • Searching the displays to find the geographical location, era, and purpose of several artifacts.  During this time, we also learned how to use a pump drill to make a necklace, grind corn using a stone tool, and attempted to piece an artifact together.  
The students worked well together, listened intently to the volunteers and gave thoughtful responses.
Following in Ancient Footsteps at the Ohio History Center


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Seminar September 14, 2017

We had an excellent day, the first day of seminar! Forty-five third through fifth grade students from all of the elementary schools came together to prepare for our October field trip to the Ohio History Center.

Using items from the First Ohioans kit provided by the Ohio History Connection, one of our group rotations involved a scavenger hunt. Students viewed artifacts and read about them, while searching for clues. In another rotation, students created a brochure, either with a partner or individually, on a specific mound located in Ohio. We hope to complete the work in November and put together a booklet that could guide you if you choose to visit one of these sites in the future. The last rotation was an opportunity to create an “artifact” using a gourd, (which was pictured in several of the paintings from the Ancient Ohio Art Series), and items that could have been found in Ohio several thousand years ago.

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