Auburn A to Z

History's Hometown

A Book Created by Genesee Elementary School 4th Grade Students

and published with a grant from the Auburn Education Foundation

Watch an eight minute video of students talking about their book (made to show to 4th grade classrooms).

Click in the lower right corner

to view the book in full screen.

Want a copy of your own? Email annemlod@aecsd.education.

Books are $10 each and all proceeds will be used to make copies of the book for current Auburn 4th grade students.

"We want our students to appreciate and be proud of the history and culture that is literally right in their own backyards. "

Mrs. Gilmore, 4th Grade Teacher

Students from Mrs. Gilmore, Ms. Jasinski and Mrs. Mlod's fourth grade class held an event at the Carriage House Theater the summer of 2018 celebrating the publication of "Auburn - History's Hometown - A to Z."

They created this book over the course of a two year period. The project originated from Auburn School District summer curriculum work in 2016 in which librarians and classroom teachers developed a project-based learning unit which included the following:

  • an essential question
  • learning outcomes that focused on the learning standards
  • A layout that would define the role of the teacher and librarian during the project.

Mrs. Gilmore and Mrs. Mlod developed a project focused on the following essential question: How does caring about the place we live, appreciating historical and cultural environments, and appreciating the past and present help us to be better citizens?

The unit involved a gallery walk of photos of Auburn from the past, students learning about sites in Auburn through research, field trips and the Passport to History program offered by the Historical and Cultural Sites Commission. A Target Field Trip grant secured by Mrs. Mlod allowed us to visit some of the sites in the Passport. In the spring of 2017, students brainstormed possible words to represent each letter of the alphabet, decided on the best word, and started the research process.


4th grade students meet with Mr. Terry Cuddy's Graphic Design and New Media students to discuss the layout and design of the book.

In April 2019, a group of the student authors present their book to Genesee's 4th grade classrooms, talk about it's creation and share the video they made about the book.

The 4th Grade teachers at Owasco Elementary School receive their copies of the book!