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Beasley Elementary is surrounded by the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Our fifth grade classes use a trip to the cemetery as a springboard to a variety of lessons teaching history, geography, poetry, respect, and integrity using a cooperative-learning activity. Students must learn some American history as background knowledge prior to this cemetery lesson. Students learn something about the conflicts in which our nation has been involved and when and where those took place. Students learn the issues that led to the U.S. Civil War and how troops were segregated by race. Students will complete a walking tour of the cemetery, complete a tombstone rubbing and then journal and write poetry of experience.
Note: it is possible to include staff development activities. In such cases, the “students” would be teachers/staff members.