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Lessons from the Past

NEWS                                                             Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        880 S. Lemon Avenue
December 12, 2010                                    Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Lessons from the Past

DIAMOND BAR, CA—This month, Castle Rock Elementary School second grade classes have been studying about how the past influences the present.  On December 9, students brought in family artifacts and compared them to today's equivalent. The classrooms were then set up as museums and visitors were taken on guided tours.

Every student brought in an artifact to display in the classroom museums. In addition, a modern version was also brought in to compare to the artifact.

In this “Back to the Future” unit of inquiry at the PYP-IB school, second grade students investigated their personal and family histories and traditions to help them understand their lives today.

“Our 2nd grade teachers were amazed and pleased that students were able to ask inquiry questions and independently research their artifacts making connections to the past,” said teacher Jodi Brown. 

Visitors saw an interesting variety of about 80 items from the past on display along with today’s equivalent.

There was a century-old stamp dispenser, an old-fashioned glass milk bottle, a shaving brush and mug, miniature Mattel Liddle Kiddle dolls from the 1960’s and 1970’s, even magic glass healthy balls from the 1950’s used to exercise hands. 

“I’m always amazed at the variety of items brought in by our students for this event,” said Principal Jackie Brown.  They learn so much about their own family history – and then happily share it with classmates and visitors to the museum!


Teacher Mrs. Jodi Brown joins 2nd grade students at a display during the Castle Rock Elementary artifact museum.
Arnav Kaushal, age 7, showed classmates his great, great grandmother’s shiva stone used for prayer in the Hindu religion.