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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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West Virginia Heritage

ranger and students dressed in period clothing
 
Program Description
Students role play members of a family that once lived in the New River Gorge to learn past life ways. Students will discuss and role play a coal camp family of the early 1900s. Students will learn about work and play, daily chores and school, and about survival. Students will understand and appreciate both similarities and differences between family life of the past and the present.

Available to schools in:
Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level:
4th

Program Length:
1 hour

Topic:

West Virginia Heritage

Theme:
Through time, families have met the challenges of living in the New River Gorge.


Instructional Objectives:

1. Define cultural heritage
2. Describe elements of life in a WV Coal Camp
3. Compare and contrast New River Gorge lifeways of the past and the present

Subject:
History/Social Sciences

WV Content Standards met:

History/Social Sciences
SS.4.4.3 - analyze the effect of geographic factors in the development of transportation routes and settlement patterns in the Americas (e.g., Appalachian Mountains).
SS.4.5.2 - order chronologically selected historical figures and episodes, and explain their importance in the stories of Native Americans, explorers, settlers in North America.
SS.4.5.5 - identify areas and patterns of early American settlement.

Did You Know?

smallmouth bass

The New River is a very popular warm water fishery. The West Virginia state record for length of Smallmouth Bass - 25.5 inches and 7.5 lbs - was caught in the New River in 1976.