Quashnet-Wampanoag Clam Day

BY Emily Pimental & Coleen Blount

Quashnet Elementary School (Mashpee)

Project Description

It is our goal for students to understand the importance of the available resources in our environment. The Wamponoag Tribe Education Leaders will demonstrate and speak to the ways in which the Wamponoag People appreciate and use the resources around us in the past and present.

Traveling to the Wamponoag Tribal property right in Mashpee our kids will experience first hand clamming, cooking, and water restoration. Students will also be exposed to music, jewelry making, tools, and other items made from materials sourced locally and naturally.

The attached documents lists specific Massachusetts State Standards addressed through this experience.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Students will apply the knowledge gained during the Clam Day to create a water purification plan for local salt marshes.

Students will write about their experiences on Clam Day and how they can apply the ideas of sustainability to their own lives.

Students will make plans to create a new way to use an item that is typically thrown away. The use of creativity and imagination will be emphasized and celebrated!

Benefit to the students and the school

Our fifth graders will gain an appreciation of the local resources, like the quahog, the local environment (woodlands and saltmarshes), and cultures within their own community. The awareness of the importance of protecting the natural resources we have here on Cape Cod will be gained by the students. Imagination and creativity will be encouraged through the application of learning from their experiences in the water purification problem-solving activity.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

This day will take place on June 4th and 5th, 2019 with 3 classes going on one morning and 4 classes going on the other day.