PURPOSE OF COLONIAL DAY: The main purpose of this project is to show students how fun, exciting, and interesting the study of history can be, especially when its many facets are brought to life in as many ways as possible. COLONIAL DAY is as long-term history project that culminates in a day-long activity for the entire school.
As a teacher, I have done Colonial Day several times. Each time, something was added or modified based on what worked or didn’t work so well the previous year, but the main theme was always present: to bring a history unit to life in ways not possible in the usual classroom setting. It must involve getting away from the basic textbook and the general model for presenting history. In the model described here, the students become the teachers. That’s the most important element of a history day like this, and the basic components presented in this product can be used for any number of settings and historical time periods.