ERIC Number: ED178239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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The Blacksmith Craft Program at the BOCES Environmental Education Center at Brookville.
The purpose of this booklet is to introduce teachers and students to the Blacksmith's Shop, one of the many craft programs available for student participation at the Brookville Homestead site developed to recreate life as it was in the early days of Long Island's settlement. Active participation in the blacksmithing craft activity is designed to be an exciting facet of an overall effort to develop a more viable historical perspective within the students who visit the site. The vital role played by the blacksmith in his community is not readily apparent today; yet, the students' awareness of this role can greatly enhance their experience. With this in mind, a brief history and description of the blacksmith's trade is provided. Suggestions for incorporating this background information into pre-trip classroom activities, designed not only to develop knowledge specific to blacksmithing but also to increase students' perception of life style differences between "then" and "now", are presented. Post-trip activities recommended include story writing, role playing, skits, creating mobiles of homesteaders' tools, designing a picture dictionary of blacksmithing related vocabulary, and researching community history. (Author/NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Westbury, NY.
Identifiers: Blacksmithing; Homestead Ecology Program NY; New York (Nassau County); Tools