Children learn about holiday during in-school field trip

Ashby Lee Elementary first grade students Tyler Stubbs, left, and Nathaniel Rothgeb, center, watch JKing Garcia-Pabon, right, use a typewriter during their in-school field trip. Rich Cooley/Daily

QUICKSBURG — First graders at Ashby Lee Elementary School rotated through the classrooms, learning about pilgrims and Native Americans as well as the past and present.

First grade teacher Susan Tusing described the rotation “like an in-school field trip.”

“It’s a nice change of pace,” she added.

In Tusing’s room, students learned about different forms of communication. They learned about feather writing, Native American symbols, typewriters and the evolution of the telephone.

She told students, “Communication is something we’re doing right now. When I talk to you, and I ask you a question, and you talk back to me, we’re communicating.”

Ashby Lee Elementary School teacher Susan Tusing shows Alex Campuzano, 7, how to use a rotary phone during an in-school field trip on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

She then asked, “Who was at the first thanksgiving?”

The students eventually arrived at the correct answer: pilgrims and Native Americans.

Students were able to write their names with a feather and draw the Native American symbols for holiday words such as ‘happy’ and ‘feast’ in honor of those at that first thanksgiving meal.

Other classroom teachers taught about families, transportation, schools and games over the years.

Students said they were excited to celebrate the holiday season with their families.

First grader Avalie Fetterhoff holds her feather pen as she prepares to write her name. Rich Cooley/Daily

Autumn Hottle, 6, of New Market, will be watching the Thanksgiving parade, which will feature Santa and Mrs. Clause.

“Every Thanksgiving I watch the parade,” Autumn said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com