The Elementary & Middle School Cultural Fair was held on April 15th, 2011 in the school gymnasium. We had a great turnout of families and the students were excited to show what they’ve learned. Thank you everyone!
Our Lower Elementary students focused on Europe, with each student writing a report, developing a 3-D outline map and a cultural display on their country. Our Upper Elementary students wrote reports and developed PowerPoint slides and projects related to the Vikings as part of their world history studies. Our Middle School students have had a dual focus to their research this year, which has included a study of the American South, with a focus on Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin, and researching the social effects of earthquakes on the people of New Zealand.
While the final result of the student’s research is a written report, the underlying learning objectives are much more complex. The younger students work on learning how to research, while the emphasis for the older students is applying that knowledge and presenting their findings. The fair is the final piece in this assignment, and students are expected to conduct mini presentations with each visitor, display their written reports as well as point out items of interest in their displays or projects. This is a great opportunity for the students to see the results of their hard work and consolidate the learning experience.