During the Worthington Bicentennial Celebration of 2003 teachers in the Worthington school district had the opportunity to create Bicentennial projects that included the use of Worthington Memory, thus enhancing the curriculum. The Worthington Bicentennial Steering Committee funded eleven Bicentennial Teachers' Grants for development of the following lesson plans. The grants were administered through the Worthington Educational Foundation.
Sample Grant Proposals
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- Two Centuries of Growth and Change: The Worthington Community Buildings (PDF)
This class project was completed in May, 2003. Click the links below to see the model that was created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
Worthington Village Model
Worthington Village Model
Wilson Hill fifth graders measured, calculated, glued, painted
and wrote their way through the 2002-2003 school year as they recreated 15
Worthington buildings as scale models. The construction project allowed
students, with the help of staff and volunteers, to tie the fate of specific
Worthington locales to many of the economic, social and political decisions
students studied in existing pioneer, westward movement and Civil
War units of study. Along the way, the fifth graders grappled with the
mathematics of scale, researched events of significant impact to the entire
community, dug into the history of the buildings, searched the Worthington Memory
for period photographs and other documentation, visited the buildings in their
present-day condition, and created a visual timeline using the models. The
final product will be used for years to come, not only by fifth graders, but
third graders studying Worthington history as well.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $2,000
AMOUNT AWARDED: $2,000
APPLICANTS: Pam Brill, Amary Berlekamp, Evelyn Henry, 5th grade teachers
SCHOOL: Wilson Hill Elementary
- Bicentennial Mural (PDF)
This class project was completed in May, 2003. Click the links below to see the tile mural and book of reports that were created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
Bicentennial Tile Mural
Bicentennial Tile Mural Book of Reports
Seventh and eighth grade Perry Middle School art students created a tile mural which is the first installation of a permanent artwork collection at Perry Middle School. The focus of the mural is historically significant people, events and symbols in Worthington and Ohio over the past two hundred years. Each student first researched a chosen topic and then wrote a summary of their findings which were compiled into a book. The book has been made available as a reference tool in the school's library. Every student depicted their chosen topic on a 3D glazed tile which was incorporated into the mural.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $780
AMOUNT AWARDED: $780
APPLICANT: Lori Whitlatch, art teacher
SCHOOL: Perry Middle School
- When I Was Young in Worthington (PDF)
This class project was completed in May, 2003. Click on the decades listed below to see the books that were created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
Sixth graders at Granby Elementary School developed and honed reading, writing and research skills as they created an illustrated book chronicling youth experiences in Worthington during a particular decade. Cynthia Rylant's book, When I Was Young in the Mountains was used to facilitate discussion of contemporary life experiences of children in Worthington. Student then selected a decade of focus from 1800 to 1990 and researched aspects of life Worthington during their decade of choice. Worthington residents were invited to share first hand experiences of growing up in Worthington through group discussions. Following publication of the books, they were presented to the Granby Elementary library.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $800
AMOUNT AWARDED: $800
APPLICANT: Kristen Watson, teacher
SCHOOL: Granby Elementary School
- MultiMedia Memory Montages (PDF)
This class project was completed in May, 2003. Click on the links listed below to see the montages that were created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
The Advanced MultiMedia class at Thomas Worthington High School created montages of digitized historic images found in the Worthington Memory online scrapbook and other resources. Students created one composite image from many individual images, incorporating contemporary scenes with those from the past. Utilizing PhotoShop graphic design software, they developed advanced graphic design and multimedia skills and techniques. The montages, measuring at least 18 x 24 inches were printed and mounted.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $270-$540
AMOUNT AWARDED: $540
APPLICANT: Debbie Voicin, Tech Ed teacher
SCHOOL: Thomas Worthington High School
- A Village Called Worthington/If Walls Could Talk (PDF)
This class project was completed in 2003. Click the link below to see the models created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
If Walls Could Talk
In this two part project Granby Elementary students learned about the changing landscape of old Worthington through the past 200 years as they studied architecture, people and modes of transportation. The first phase involved fourth graders as they prepared for fourth grade proficiency tests. Based on the book A Street Called Home by Columbus artist Aminah Robinson, these students chronicled life in Old Worthington in the 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s through drawings and paintings which was made into a pop-up village. The second phase of the project involved each grade level, first through sixth. Students in each grade researched the history and architecture of selected buildings in Old Worthington and created six large scale models. Models from the "If Walls Could Talk" portion of the project were displayed at the school as students dressed in period costume told the stories of the buildings to parents and students. The "A Village Called Worthington" portion of the project was included in the Worthington Art Council's Annual Spring Student Exhibition.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $1134
AMOUNT AWARDED: $1134
APPLICANT: Linda Dawson, principal
SCHOOL: Granby Elementary School
- Evening Street Elementary Yearbook/CD (PDF)
This project was completed in May, 2003. Click on the links listed below to see excerpt of the Bicentennial theme yearbook and the students' art and writings that were created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
Evening Street Elementary School Celebrates Worthington's Bicentennial
School Yearbook Excerpt
Students at Evening Street Elementary School learned about the experiences of school children in nineteenth and twentieth century Worthington. They then recorded their experiences as students in Worthington 2003 through writings and art work. The students' creations were included in a CD for Evening Street Elementary School which accompanied the school's Bicentennial theme yearbooks for the 2002-2003 school year. Yearbooks included images and text of school children's experiences from years past and images and text from the 2002-2003 school year.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $2250
AMOUNT AWARDED: $2250
APPLICANT: Margie Smith, teacher
SCHOOL: Evening Street Elementary School
- Worthington Bicentennial Arts Project (PDF)
This class project was completed in May, 2003. Click on the links below to see the works of art that were created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
"Fun with Folk Music" at the Bicentennial Arts Open House
Sophisticated expressions of the performing and visual arts were once
considered utilitarian tasks and daily recreations to the average Worthington
resident of 1803. All grade levels at Bluffsview Elementary spent the
2002-2003 school year researching and participating in historic vocations and
activities that enhanced their understanding of Worthington's heritage.
Drawing on primary sources, the Worthington Memory Project, and local
historians and artisans, students tried their hands at basket weaving,
doll making, portrait painting, weaving, architecture, metal smithing, wood
carving, stitchery and quilting as they created representative historic arts
and crafts of Worthington. Students also learned songs, musical games,
and dances popular in early Ohio. In the spring of 2003 the school hosted a
Worthington Bicentennial Arts Open House to spotlight Bluffsview's year-long
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $3,000
AMOUNT AWARDED: $3,000
SCHOOL: Bluffsview Elementary School
- Worthington - Our Town (PDF)
This class project was completed in May, 2003. Click the link below to see the book of drawings and poetry that was created for this Worthington Bicentennial lesson plan.
Worthington: Our Town
Worthington's history provides the theme for a year-long immersion in all the
varied skills that go into the publication of a book. Each Kilbourne Middle
School student used the Worthington Memory or another Worthington resource to
locate a visual image and documentation of a local event in the history of
Worthington (or another event that directly impacted the development of this
town). From there, the student was responsible for producing both a
drawing and an essay or poem about the event. Both aspects of the project
tie into essential skills that are being taught in the middle school language
arts and art classes. A jury of staff and students carried on the final
editing process of selecting work and assembling the book in "time line
format." The book was be published in the spring of 2003.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $1,000 AMOUNT AWARDED: $1,000
APPLICANTS: Andi Moore, Kilbourne Middle School art teacher, with support
from the media center and language arts, social studies, and technology
SCHOOL: Kilbourne Middle School
- Looking Back (PDF)
Fifth graders at Slate Hill Elementary School tried out the economic
concepts and entrepreneurial skills as they created a
simulation of the early Worthington settlement. They accounted for the
village's government, the influence of local leaders, the need for
self-sufficiency, and the roles each student played in making the
settlement successful. They were assisted by the Professional Land
Surveyor Organization of Central Ohio, whose representatives explained how
and why Worthington is laid out the way it is. Students visited the
Orange Johnson House Museum and Ohio Historical Society for more background
on life in early Ohio. The fifth-graders' efforts will culminated in the
presentation of a "living timeline".
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $500
AMOUNT AWARDED: $500
APPLICANT: La Donna Liggins, teacher
SCHOOL: Slate Hill Elementary
- Chaseland: Cradle of Worthington Education (PDF)
In 1817, Philander Chase came to Worthington to fulfill a plan envisioned by
the village's leading citizens. An academy would stand in the center of town
as an oasis of learning in the wilderness. Chase only stayed in Worthington
a few years before moving the college he helped establish to Gambier (where
he founded Kenyon); his presence has had a lasting influence in the
community. The 150-acre farm where he lived is now home to the area served
by Colonial Hills Elementary. Chaseland was the name given to an early
subdivision. The entire Colonial Hills Elementary
community explored the contributions of the Chase family to education in
Worthington and beyond. Plans included forging an ongoing relationship with
Kenyon College, with college participation in activities such as a Kenyon
Connection Literary Awards program, Chaseland quilts, and a Chase Cup
Technology Award. The year's study will culminated in June 2003 with a
Dedication Ceremony and Jubilee featuring awards, school quilts, other
related displays, and guest speakers from Kenyon College.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $1,000
AMOUNT AWARDED: $1,000
APPLICANTS: Jill Carter, reading teacher and chairman of the school-wide
SCHOOL: Colonial Hills Elementary
- Stages of School - Worthington 1803 to 2003 (PDF)
Worthington Kilbourne High School theatre class participants will give voices
to long-silent Worthington students in celebration of the Bicentennial.
Beginning this fall, the students will use sources such as letters, diaries,
essays and reports written by or about residents their age to research the
lives of specific individuals who studied or taught here during the last 200
years. Their explorations will culminate in a readers' theatre-style
performance that can be presented in classrooms and community settings beyond
the high school. The live performance, enhanced with photos and other
images, will be translated to videotape and CD-ROM. The original Worthington
source material will give drama students a rich opportunity to create and
revise original scripts, deepen their understanding of play structure and
analysis in a manner that is different from using a prepared script, work as
dramaturgs, and participate in the creation of a distinct video performance.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $800
AMOUNT AWARDED: $800
APPLICANTS: Holly Thompson, theatre teacher, and Sandra Kucinich-Horn,
SCHOOL: Worthington Kilbourne High School
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