Two representatives of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium visited School No. 5 on Nov. 28 to teach fourth- and fifth-graders about the Lenape people, New Jersey’s original inhabitants.
From left above are Hassan Ballard, Al-Timid Walton, Adriana Fernandez, Jazlene Moran and Stewart Wilson from Elena DiMeo’s fourth-grade class, watching in wonder as smoke begins to rise as instructor Al Avizius shows them how to make fire with friction.
Classes rotated in and out of the library so students could learn about the history of the Lenape in New Jersey and their coastal lifestyle, as well as their foods and tools.
Avizius and Rose Higgins showed how the Lenape used fish nets and traps, what they ate, and how they used local plants and animals. Students got a chance to try the Lenape techniques for drilling holes, creating fire by friction and hunting with spears.