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Piketon Day Trips


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Presentation given at Garnet A Wilson Public Library, July 2011.

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Piketon Day Trips

  1. 1. Cincinnati Day Trips for kids! <ul><li>Inexpensive, important lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Reed </li></ul>PIKETON
  2. 2. Lesson: Underground Railroad
  3. 3. Destination: Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio <ul><li>1 hour, 10 minutes from Piketon </li></ul><ul><li>Free for kids under 5, $2 for kids 5 and over and $4 for adults </li></ul><ul><li>Importance: John Rankin and his family are estimated to have assisted over 2,000 slaves to freedom without a single loss. The family would signal escaped slaves with a candle or lantern from their hilltop home. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Reading <ul><li>F leeing to freedom on the Underground Railroad : the courageous slaves, agents, and conductors </li></ul><ul><li>by Elaine Landau </li></ul>
  5. 5. Activities <ul><li>Before visiting, ask children to create a list of five questions about the Rankin family to ask tour guides </li></ul><ul><li>After visiting, ask children to write first-person narratives about what crossing the Ohio River to safety and potential freedom must have been like </li></ul><ul><li>After visiting, ask children to create a Venn Diagram, with one circle being adjectives that describe the Rankin family, one with those that describe the slaves and the middle those that describe both </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lesson: Native American Culture
  7. 7. Destination: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park: Mound City Group Chillicothe, Ohio <ul><li>24 minutes from Piketon </li></ul><ul><li>Free admission </li></ul><ul><li>Importance: Location of earthworks and burial sites of Hopewell culture 200 B.C. and A.D. 500. The land on which Mound City Group is built was farmland owned by Capt. Mordecai Hopewell--the namesake of the culture. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reading <ul><li>Indian mounds of the middle Ohio Valley : a guide to mounds and earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient people </li></ul><ul><li>by Susan L. Woodward and Jerry N. McDonald. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Activities <ul><li>In the visitor’s center, have children ask the park ranger to explain the alternative use for the land by the American Military. Have them write a paragraph about the impact on the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the museum inside the center. Have children draw an artifact and write a paragraph describing its importance. </li></ul><ul><li>Walk out to one of the tall mounds. Ask children to estimate the height of them, then research to see who is closest. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Lesson: Prehistoric World
  11. 11. Destination: Big Bone Lick State Park in Union, Kentucky <ul><li>About 2.5 hours from Piketon </li></ul><ul><li>Free admission </li></ul><ul><li>Importance: Known as “the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology.” Animals such as mastodon, mammoth and ground sloth once roamed in this area. This is a great introduction to Ohio’s prehistoric past, complete with a museum and visitor’s center, outdoor displays and discovery trail, salt lick viewing areas and an American Bison herd. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reading <ul><li>Who are you calling a woolly mammoth? : prehistoric America </li></ul><ul><li>by Elizabeth Levy; additional material by J.R. Havlan ; illustrated by Daniel McFeeley. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Activities <ul><li>Visit the museum. Have children choose an artifact and recreate it at home with modeling clay. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Salt Festival, held each October. Have children talk to costumed interpreters about a product or craft such as salt, lye soap or leather hides. Have them write a five-paragraph essay describing the process and its importance. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the bison herd, then have children read about how Native Americans used every part of this important animal. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Lesson: Regional Revolutionary War History
  15. 15. Destination: Tu-Endie-Wei Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park in Point Pleasant, WV <ul><li>One hour, 16 minutes from Piketon </li></ul><ul><li>Free admission </li></ul><ul><li>Importance: known to some as one of the first battles of the American Revolution. American settlers and Native American Tribes clashed over land and the British aligned with some tribes to gain fur trade. According to legend, Shawnee Chief Cornstalk cursed the area at his death--with some blaming the Silver Bridge Collapse on this event. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reading The Shawnee By Petra Press
  17. 17. Lesson: Regional Civil War History
  18. 18. Activities <ul><li>Visit the mansion house on the property. Find the examples of hair weaving and talk about why this was an important tradition for Victorians (note: most suitable for older children). </li></ul><ul><li>Find the location of the burial of the lead plate placed by a French explorer to claim the land for his country. Have children write a paragraph about why they think this area was desired by so many. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the statue of Chief Cornstalk near downtown Point Pleasant. Have children draw his likeness and write about his role in the battle. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Destination: Perryville Battlefield, Perryville KY <ul><li>About 3.5 hours from Piketon </li></ul><ul><li>Can be combined with a visit to nearby Bardstown </li></ul><ul><li>Free admission </li></ul><ul><li>Importance: Perryville Battlefield is an excellent way to introduce kids to the Civil War without the time commitment of sites in Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc. Over 6,000 men were killed, missing or injured in the wake of this battle. A museum and interpretive car tour tells the story of Kentucky and the Civil War. A mass confederate grave shows humanity in the wake of brutality. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Reading <ul><li>The American Civil War : an overview </li></ul><ul><li>by Carin T. Ford </li></ul>
  21. 21. Activities <ul><li>Take the auto tour (pick up a brochure in the visitor’s center). Have children choose one stop on the tour and have them write a journal entry from the point of view of a soldier looking out from that place. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Confederate monument and discuss the importance of this gesture. (note: most suitable for older children). </li></ul><ul><li>Visit during the annual reenactment in October. Have children sketch the battle formations they observe. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Lesson: Our Natural World
  23. 23. Destination: Cedar Bog in Urbana, Ohio <ul><li>About 2 hours from Piketon </li></ul><ul><li>$6 for adults, $4 children --honor system </li></ul><ul><li>Importance: Cedar Bog is home to many native Ohio species, some (50 plants, 10 animals) of which are endangered or rare. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Reading <ul><li>Ohio plants and animals </li></ul><ul><li>by Marcia Schonberg </li></ul>
  25. 25. Activities <ul><li>Obtain the list of endangered Ohio species from the ODNR website. Ask children to research those found at Cedar Bog, then look for them during a visit. </li></ul><ul><li>Take the skunk cabbage walk, typically held in February. Have children write an essay about these and other signs of spring they observe. </li></ul><ul><li>Have children draw their favorite flower found at Cedar Bog and label its parts. </li></ul>
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  27. 27. Book Information <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook, Twitter, eMail </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Can also be ordered through your bookstore </li></ul>
  28. 28. Thank You!