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A History of Poop

Dr Anne Holdorph
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In this 5 week class, students will take part in different interactive activities to explore the fascinating (and yucky) history of poo.

Class experience

US Grade Kindergarten - 3
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Dinosaur Poop!
Students will get to explore the world of dinosaur poop, learn about people who study dinosaur poop and think about what dinosaur poop can teach us. They will have the opportunity to study different photographs of dinosaur poop and they will become 'paleoscatologists' and interact with a image of dinosaur poop to find evidence.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Sewers and Sponges
This week, we will look at the history of toilets in the Ancient times. Students will take a virtual tour of ancient public toilets and think about what was good and what was bad about the public toilets. Students will learn about the Roman God of sewers, and give their opinions about why sewers are important. We will also look at toilet hygiene, what the Romans used as toilet paper and why Romans might have been bitten on their bottom while pooping!
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Medieval and Renaissance Poo
This week, students will learn all about how people in the medieval and renaissance periods pooped. Students will learn about what toilets were like in castles and take a virtual tour of part of a castle in England. We'll get the chance to explore what happened to the poop after it left the castle and we will practice making predictions by answering open ended questions.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
How a Dirty Diaper Changed the World
This week, students will learn about disease, poop and toilets in the Victorian period. They will learn about toilets for the lower classes in Victorian London and learn how communal toilets and cesspits contributed to the ill health of Victorian cities. Students will be introduced to the pioneering work of John Snow, who discovered the link between clean water and health.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
The Flushing Toilet
This week, students will learn about the development of flushing toilets in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Students will learn about Joseph Bramah, Alexander Cummings and Thomas Crapper and the impact they had on the development of flushing toilets. Learners will take a virtual field trip to a Victorian flushing toilet and participate in a fill-in-the-blank quiz. Students will learn about some of the dangers of early flushing toilets.
  • By the end of this course, students will: Understand the link between poop and illness, Know the development of the toilet in history, Provide opinions about the past.
I am a qualified teacher in the UK and I have a PhD in history. I have taught history to learners from 3 yrs old to the postgraduate level.
Homework Offered
Lesson content will be delivered via an interactive presentation that can be taken at any point during the week. Each week, there will be a creative project to undertake which could take between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on how involved your learner gets in the project. There will also be an optional research question each week which will involve searching online for an answer to an open ended question.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
For the lessons and the research questions, students will need only a computer with an internet connection.
There are a number of creative projects within this class. Students can choose how to present their work - this could be through drawing, making a model, creating a video, etc. Please be aware that the equipment needed for this project will depend on what your learner decides to do for the project, as such, I am unable to provide a resource list for this class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This class is about poo - we will be sharing images of poo (usually fossilised poo) and toilets. Please ensure that you and your learner will be comfortable with this information before signing up.

Younger learners may need parental assistance to help guide them during the activities.
English Heritage
Portchester Castle
Old Sarum
National Poo Museum
Jorvik Viking Centre
Plink the Elder
Royal College of Surgeons
John Snow's Cholera Map
Vilhelm Werners Square Archeological site.

Sarah Albee
Mary Beard
Harold Farnsworth-Gray
Albert Giblin
J. Gies
Sandra Hempel
Robert Hume
Stephen Johnson
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
Stephen Nash
Bryn Nelson
Wallace Reyburn
Lina Zeldovich
Joined December, 2020
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My name is Anne and I live in the UK.

I am so excited to be here on Outschool and share some of the things I am passionate about with you all. I am looking forward to teaching history classes, as well as some classes in reading and... 
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5 pre-recorded lessons
5 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 5-10

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