5th Grade Program
What causes change over time? In what ways did technology and industry make Marshfield and Coos County grow? How do these issues affect the environment, culture, and history of Coos County? Our 5th grade “Kids to Museum” program, developed by the museum’s Education Committee, encourages students to consider these fundamental questions in the context of the timber industry and early Front Street businesses, which defined how supply and demand were prominent players in our local history.
The classroom portion of this program focuses on how migration on the Oregon Trail and the Gold Rush dictated settlement patterns on the west coast. Students learn about supply and demand to consider why people migrated west, and how they developed livelihoods once they got here. Interactive activities help students to read maps and consider basic questions about where they might build businesses, a railroad, a highway, and other structures in Marshfield when Coos Bay was just beginning.
During the second component, at the Coos History Museum students work with our timber artifacts, our collection of historic photographs, and a unique three-dimensional topographic map to interpret this "evidence" and think more concretely about local history, industry, and transportation.
Our 5th grade program culminates with a visit to The Marshfield Sun, a time capsule at the end of the historic waterfront district, in Coos Bay. Students discover the physical and cultural evolution of Front Street businesses as documented in maps and photos, to consider what it might have been like to live there in its heyday! The trip includes a tour of a historic printing museum, and "living history" characters portrayed by local actors and volunteers (inquire about this volunteer opportunity).
Like our 4th grade program, our 5th grade program helps students experience history as a dynamic concept, and a context for thinking about issues in the present. We have developed this program to be rigorous, academic, and engaging, using State Content Standards as a guideline.
Standards Addressed by 5th Grade Program