Dr. Samuel A. Mudd students make history fun

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd students make history fun


Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School’s history club recently went on a trip to Gettysburg, PA to visit the site of the High Water Battle. After weeks of studying about the Civil War, the history club students were able to apply their knowledge from history club meetings and see the battle site first-hand.

The club gives students at Dr. Mudd the opportunity to learn about history in an interactive way. Dr. Mudd history club students meet once a week an hour before school to learn about American historical figures and events. Students complete crafts, watch videos, participate in lectures and read materials that are pertinent to a specific topic.

After study, students visit the historical landmark where the event occurred or the historical figure lived. Typically five to 10 Dr. Mudd staff members attend the history club trips, which gives the students individualized attention to ask questions and explore. According to Diana Smith, one of the history club leaders, the students’ favorite trip is to Williamsburg after they have studied life in Colonial America.

In the spring, history club members attend game night to test their knowledge. At game night, students participate in activities such as answering true or false questions, Jeopardy-style games and naming as many United States presidents and states from memory. Game night is an event that attracts history club alumni, who return as volunteers  to help.

For more information about the Samuel A. Mudd history club, visit http://www.edline.net/pages/Dr__Samuel_A__Mudd_Elementary_/public_info/leftlinks/Clubs_at_Dr__Mudd/History_Club.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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