Learning about our wonderful state of New Jersey is fun and exciting. You will be surprised at how many special places are right in our own backyards. Throughout the year you will be required to visit at least 6 of these special places and write a report about them. Your report should be written in paragraph form. An example is provided for your reference.
Your report must include the following:
The name of the attraction
The location of the attraction
The date you visited
What you saw
What you learned
Your opinion and/or recommendation of the attraction
Why it is significant to New Jersey
Pictures of yourself at the attraction
We strongly encourage you to type your report.
Entire report should be placed in a 3 ring binder and turned in for a social studies grade on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Have fun searching and exploring this wonderful state of ours!
This past summer, some of the fourth grade teachers decided to visit some interesting places in New Jersey so that we could learn more about our wonderful state. On July 15, 2010 we visited the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ.
Barracks are places that are built for soldiers to live in for periods of time. The Trenton Barracks were built because there was a war between Great Britain and France between 1755 and 1763 (called The French and Indian War). British soldiers were sent here to protect the colonists from the French soldiers, and the British soldiers needed a place to live. At first, the British soldiers lived in the colonists’ houses. Then barracks were built for them in Trenton and in four other cities.
Later, during the Revolutionary War, British, Hessian, and American troops lived at the Trenton Barracks at different times. Still later, it became an army hospital. After the war, the Trenton Barracks was sold and it was made into private homes. Many changes were made to the Barracks throughout the years.
As we walked around the Barracks, I saw small rooms where the soldiers slept, ate, and played games. I saw people wearing clothing from long ago. I saw exhibits of maps, pictures of battles, and lots of hospital equipment from long ago.
The Trenton Barracks is important to New Jersey because it is the only Barracks in our state left standing from The French and Indian War. It helps visitors to picture how soldiers actually lived during that time period.
One unusual thing that happened during our visit was that the fire alarm went off when we were there. So we all had to exit the building, and the firemen had to check the building and make sure that there was no fire. We waited outside for about half an hour, and then finally we were allowed back in.
I enjoyed my trip to the Old Barracks Museum, and I would recommend it as an interesting place to visit. I suggest taking the tour, because the guides know a lot about history, they tell it in a very interesting way, and they can answer lots of questions.