Hammond Eastside first-grade students are beginning a unit of inquiry and learning how the past influences everything in their lives.

Judith Lapeyrouse, one of Hammond Eastside’s first-grade teachers, introduced the unit by setting up a mini-museum in her classroom, a news release from the school said.

As students entered the room, they were curious about the objects, school officials said. Some students asked Lapeyrouse if her old black-and-white television was a microwave, and another asked her if her candelabra was a drinking cup. Lapeyrouse recorded her student’s questions on a tablet so she could place them on her question board in her classroom.

As students investigate the city’s history during the unit, they will frequently revisit the questions they created by answering them and developing new ones.

As an International Baccalaureate World School, Hammond Eastside actively embraces the inquiry stance, the release said.