Brentwood High School history students are traveling back in time to the 1950s and 60s by building their own fallout shelter dioramas.
This week, the front of BHS history teacher Gabriel Evans’ classroom is lined with shoeboxes, packing boxes and even half of a metal barrel. Each one was the product of the latest project of his classes.
The students worked in groups to create their masterpieces, and anything from bear rugs to bunk beds could be found inside the shelters. Students used construction paper, popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, LEGO bricks and dollhouse furniture to finish off their projects.
After carefully reviewing each, Evans then chose the best eight to be looked at and voted upon by adults.
According to Evans, projects like this take the history out of the textbook and let students show off just what they have learned.
“The idea is to have a hands-on activity to take something we learned from the 1950s and the 1960s and put that into more of an applicable, real-life usage,” said Evans. “It’s also nice for the students to be able to express some kind of creativity with what they’re doing and take something from a textbook and make a little bit more of a real-life construction.”