Opening Exercises

Goals:  to understand the historic perspective of the school, to identify historical facts and interpretations of those facts, to master procedures for orally sharing observations through simple speech activities.


Recitation and Evaluation:

When responding, the student must raise his or her hand and wait to be recognized. Then he will stand, address the teacher as "M'am" or "Sir" as appropriate, and finally give his oral response. This method is to be used throughout the school day, as it was a century ago


In the original one-room classroom, students and teacher would end with a patriotic song such as "America" or "The Star Spangled Banner." The day then would follow the assignments on the chalkboard or written in the individual student's copybook the afternoon before.

Illinois Learning Standards 4.B.1b, 16.A, 16.D, 22.A

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