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Teaching Royal Oak History...
I began my Royal Oak teaching
Whittier Elementary in 1989.
I am now a 3rd grade teacher at Keller Elementary. This
is a brief description of how I have taught Royal Oak
history to my students.
At Whittier we had a Royal Oak teaching kit. These kits
were put together years ago. They contain slides, tapes,
maps, and a notebook detailing information about
Royal Oak. Of course today we
make use of the excellent Royal Oak website. We do a
variety of reading, writing, and social studies
activities. Eventually we usually have a Field Trip to
the John Almon Starr House,
the Orson Starr House
and the Royal Oak Cemetery.
In that original teaching kit
I came across a brochure describing the
graves/history of Royal Oak
and St. Mary's Cemetery.
students read the cemetery brochure they chose a pioneer
that they would like to learn more about and present a
short biography of that person at our presentation of
Royal Oak History for parents.
At that presentation we usually have a Royal Oak
Timeline displayed as well as a large mural depicting
Royal Oak as the children envisioned it in the pioneer
days based on what they have learned. We also do a
series of "Did you Knows?", and the students state facts
about Royal Oak History.
Our Social Studies Curriculum is constantly evolving as
we meet the Benchmarks of the State Curriculum. Today, a
large part of the 3rd grade curriculum involves the
study of all of Michigan, with a focus on significant
people in Royal Oak and Michigan history. The study of
Royal Oak as a "community is now in 2nd grade.
I find the Royal Oak History
unit so valuable in many ways, and every class I have
ever done it with has loved it. They become so excited
about history in general as it becomes very personal and
familiar to them in terms of their community. They have
a great time figuring out how many of them (as pioneers)
for instance, the various Starr family members.
And in the course of examining those relationships, an
interesting study of dates (great math opportunity)
comes about. Putting "their people" into the timeline of
events also brings about great discussions of how people
made a living and the economic forces that influenced
All the strands of our Social
Studies Curriculum (Geography, Civics,
History, and Economics) seem
to find a happy home in Royal Oak studies!
3rd Grade Teacher, Keller Elementary
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The Museum is a great learning activity for the
Classroom or any
Club or Organization.
To arrange for a group tour on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays please contact
the Curator by
248-439-1501 or email
The Historical Museum is always
photos of Royal Oak, from the 1800's
1980's, to add to our archives. We are
views of businesses, historic homes,
prominent people, and public buildings,
Oak and along historic
If you have any photos to share with us
contact us at the Museum.
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