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We all have our favorite recess games and activities at school but what did kids in the mid- to late 1800s do for fun? Explore a variety of games and toys that were common during a typical school day in a one-room schoolhouse and see how they compare to modern times! The session will include an interactive activity that helps to illustrate the creativity of schoolhouse playtime! 

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By Request: $140.00


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

Mt. Pleasant , Michigan
United States

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History strives to provide educational opportunities that inspire curiosity, imagination, and memory. Our goal is to promote sustainable relationships between peoples and their environments by encouraging respect for cultural and natural diversity. Through our distance learning programs, we look to encourage a spirit of inquiry through interactive demonstrations that help spark thoughtful discussion and further exploration!

Rebecca Petrone

Program Details


1. Intro (what is a one-room schoolhouse)?
2. Recess and lunchtime games
3. Winter creativity
4. Rainy day games & common toys
5. Live activity
6. Conclusion (Q&A)


Participants will...
-Be introduced to the history behind the one-room schoolhouse.
-Learn about the various recreational activities students of a rural school would participate in.
-View and compare primary sources (photographs & documents) in order to help form a better understanding of the one-room schoolhouse era (mid-1800s to mid-1900s)

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards

1 – H2.0.3 Use historical sources to draw possible conclusions about family or school life in the past.
1 – H2.0.4 Compare life today with life in the past using the criteria of family, school, jobs, or communication.
1 – G5.0.2 Describe ways in which the physical environment in a place or region affects people’s lives.
2 – H2.0.5 Describe how community members responded to a problem in the past.
2 – H2.0.6 Construct a historical narrative about the history of the local community from a variety of sources.
3 – H3.0.2 Explain how historians use primary and secondary sources to answer questions about the past.