Research, read, and discuss as much as possible about one-room
1800s and early 1900s rural community life, and the history of
by Andrew Gulliford is an excellent reference book.
2. We hope that you encourage your students to dress according
to the times.
following are some suggestions:
Boys: Loose fitting shirts, bib overalls,socks worn outside pants
to resemble knickers,
sturdy shoes or boots
Girls: dresses worn below the knee with or without pinafores,
long black or white
large ribbon or bow in hair
Often children wore clothes one or two sizes too big because
country school children
well as many others during this period) received hand me downs.
In winter - long johns were a good way to stay warm!
Please consider dressing time (era) appropriate yourself!
Plan your lunches.
Discuss the foods that would have been available then. Try to
be historically accurate.
there was little or no means of refrigeration.
syrup or molasses sandwiches
peanut butter - a scarce commodity) homemade bread
cake, or pie
ale, root beer
Children often carried their lunches to school in tin buckets
or pails. You may
your students to make their lunch pails out of empty coffee cans.
be punched in each can to allow for the wire handle to go through.