CavLibrary was thrilled to collaborate with Mr. Kemper’s U.S. History classes to feature a 1950s Learning Station activity. Students rotated through six multimedia stations, exploring and analyzing various events of the 1950s.
At Station 1, students viewed a video on The Space Race and Cold War, responding to questions about the implications of each event.
At Station 2, students participated in a Timeline Gallery Walk, selecting two connected events from the decade and identifying any patterns that characterized the 1950s.
At Station 3, students listened to recordings of Carl Perkins’ (Jackson, TN, native) “Boppin’ the Blues” and Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over, Beethoven,” analyzing the lyrics, tone, style and rhythm of each.
At Station 4, students entered a simulated Nuclear Fallout Shelter, listened to an Air Raid Siren, and read aloud “A Children’s Account of Surviving a Nuclear Attack” written by fellow U.S. History teacher, Mr. Cameron White.
At Station 5, students viewed an episode of “Leave It to Beaver” from October 24, 1959, analyzing the values portrayed in the 1950s and comparing the episode to modern television programming.
At Station 6, students viewed a short video of 1950’s suburbia and the Baby Boom, hypothesizing about family life and drawing any correlations between other time periods in U.S. History.
And, as always, I was happy to dress the part! I think I could have lived in the 1950s….maybe? I like the music at least.
A huge thank you to Mr. Cameron White, Mr. Richard Kemper, and our wonderful CCHS students who were generous enough to spend their day with me and travel back in time.