Fourth Grade Program
“My First Day of Work at the Mill” is a fourth grade field trip program that the Belknap Mill has offered continuously since 1997. The inter-disciplinary program focuses on geography, government, mathematics, science, social studies, and economics, utilizing the historic Belknap Mill facility with its knitting machines, power house, and river setting.
Currently we serve about 1,200 students a year from 25 Central NH Schools.
The program actively engages the students in developing teamwork and problem-solving skills while immersing them in the historical aspects of mill life during the Industrial Age.
Set in 1918, the simulation has students taking the roles of workers in the mill yard, power house, knitting room, finishing room, and assembly line. Students spend 20 minutes at each station before rotating to learn about the other positions; then, after a lunch break, they reconvene to learn about the wages and community impacts of the mills. At the end of the day, the students receive a dime, the wages they would have earned after the turn of the 20th century.
Scenes from the 4th grade program