CT Heritage Foundation Visits Ryerson Elementary
Third grade students at Ryerson Elementary had a special guest presenter on December 13, 2019. To reinforce student’s study of Connecticut history, Patrick Smith from the Connecticut library in Hartford came to speak to classes. He brought original artifacts from the library’s museum and explained the Fundamental Orders, legend of the Charter Oak tree and its importance to Connecticut’s history, and inventions that were discovered in Connecticut like the Frisbee and silly putty.
The study of Connecticut’s history is a key component of the third grade social studies curriculum in district. Students learn about the first peoples, the encounter the Native Americans had with the Europeans, and understand the establishment and growth of the Connecticut colony. Children investigate important historical figures, early economic developments, early transportation systems and the relationship between these and Connecticut’s history.