Lowell Catholic Weaves Interactive Lessons into their Curriculum
This past December, Lowell Catholic’s 3rd and 4th grade classes welcomed visitors from the Tsongas Industrial History Center who helped them experience the history of industrialization first hand. As part of their social studies curriculum, students recently learned about the process of converting natural resources into consumer products. Through this hands-on demonstration, they were able to understand the process of converting wool into cloth by pulling the wool, turning it into yarn and working in tandem to operate a weaving loom.
This was the first time the Tsongas center representatives introduced the loom in to a classroom lesson and they were delighted with the results. “Lowell Catholic students were so welcoming and helpful to each other. If one of them didn’t understand how to do something or got stuck, another one jumped in to help them out before we had the chance. It made the lesson go very smoothly and the students got a lot out of it.” said Paul Dadak who instructed the children in this lesson.
Working hands-on with the wool allowed children to make discoveries that would not be found in the pages of a textbook such as how the wool feels and smells. The exercise also gave the children a glimpse in to the history of Lowell and its early history as a center for the textile industry.
Pictured above: third grader Tyson Pham of Lowell works with Irene Early of Lowell to operate a small weaving loom.
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