One of the best ways to learn about a topic is to be immersed in it. Locust Valley Middle School students were certainly absorbed in their studies during the Colonial Times Job Fair. Every seventh grade student chose particular trades from the era, dressed the part, and set up a booth describing the profession, including a display of items used to perform that job.

Chandlers, coopers, perukers, and sortors, better know in modern times as candle makers, barrel builders, wigmakers, and tailors, were represented in the middle school mini-theater and middle school library, along with many other colonial jobs.

This event celebrates the conclusion of the colonial times segment of the social studies curriculum. “The job fair helps the students showcase, in a creative manner, the information they have learned during this unit of study,” said Social Studies Department Leader David Ethe. “The fair enhances the curriculum by intensely examining the political, social, economic, and geographic life in America that comprises the seventh grade ‘Life in Colonial Communities’ unit of study.”

Students also utilized a variety of social studies skills such as research, public speaking, historical perspectives, and writing. Teamwork is another important aspect of the project, as the seventh graders work in groups to prepare and present each trade.