Harry Hoag Elementary class
learns about ancient writing
One of the earliest forms of written
expression began in ancient Sumer (a region in southern
Mesopotamia) with characters written on a clay tablet.
Harry Hoag Elementary social studies teacher
Cheryl Toomey wanted to give her 70 students in her history class a
window into the past, so she and teaching assistant Eileen Kretser
created a lesson where students wrote on a “clay tablet,” or formed
The lesson – which focused on early
civilizations – featured a hands-on activity, which has become a
feature of Mrs. Toomey’s class. The students used the back of spoons
to write on the dough, which was donated by parents.
So, what did the students discover?
“The kids discovered that they rather use
pencils and paper than to use a clay tablet,” Mrs. Toomey said.
“They concluded that today’s alphabet and writing utensils are a lot
easier to use.
“But the kids had fun finding that out.”