What is The Big Event?
Every year, our students and staff present a special program known as The Big Event. This program focuses attention on one area of the curriculum, but integrates all areas of study-from math to language arts to art into the final production.
One of the rewarding elements of every event is the sense of community our children feel working in cross-age learning teams. Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade work side-by-side, learning from and helping each other. These groups allow our Middle School students to develop their leadership skills and younger students to work with the older students and be part of the larger TCPS community.
Students and staff keep the Big Event a surprise until the day of the event. On the day of the event, the theme is announced and the crowd is welcomed onto campus, which is transformed into a setting that highlights the theme of the event. The Big Event is educational, fun filled, and a day for our families and guests to enjoy a memorable time together.
BIG EVENT 2018: Industrial Revolution
This year’s Big Event focuses on a pivotal time in history that changed life in the United States for years to come…the Industrial Revolution! While there have been waves of industrial revolutions throughout history, this event focuses on the time from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. This period marked incredible changes in the way products were made and completely changed how people worked and lived. We begin with the modernization of textile manufacturing. Innovation in transportation allowed products and people to be moved more easily throughout the country. In the late 1800s, the country saw more urbanization in its communities. Large cities grew around factories as technologies continued to improve production of goods. Breakthroughs in communication, electrification, and transportation continued to bring about changes in people’s everyday lives. Such growth in the United States sparked the imaginations of those overseas who were hoping for opportunity in the New World.
As with every Big Event, TCPS is immersing ourselves in deep learning about the Industrial Revolution. While we spend intense days of collaborative work with our Big Event groups creating the individual rooms and experiences for Event day, our curiosity and work doesn’t stop there. We go back to our classrooms and explore connections in all areas of our curriculum. Whether it is using the Statue of Liberty’s measurements to calculate scale or researching famous immigrants and writing profiles about them. We find ourselves revisiting our Event topic in many curriculum areas and throughout the year. We embrace this opportunity as a learning community to come together to learn, problem solve, create, and collaborate!
The BIG event was a BIG success this year! Each classroom displayed a different area of interest on the Industrial Revolution and included interactive activities. Halls were filled with thematic photos taken of students appearing to be from the period, and life-sized cut-outs of student silhouettes on the walls to represent the lines of immigrants coming into America during this time! The Model T Club of San Diego brought actual Ford Model T cars to our parking lot for kids and parents alike to sit in, and even took kids for rides! All in all, there was an abundance of amazing work, which represented the many products and effects of the Industrial Revolution, on display for all to interact with. This year’s Big Event undoubtedly demonstrated all that the TCPS students can do!