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March 24, 2021 | Sam Martino
The third grade classes just wrapped up their study of Notable Americans. This is a multifaceted unit that requires students to think in creative ways. Classes spent the first few weeks learning how to read biographies and do research about a person’s life. As they learned more about their America’s life, students developed background knowledge about the time period they grew up in.
Another important component of the unit is public speaking. Students prepared a speech as their Notable American and delivered it in front of classmates and parents. In addition to this, students were asked to field questions from the audience.
When asked about this process one student said, “I liked that people asked specific questions and follow up questions. It made me think more about my Notable American.”
Another student remarked, “Some questions were hard to answer so I had to think of answers that made sense or were connected to something we learned.”
Students needed practice and research to prepare for what the Notable American might say. Using the puppets they made in art to acts things out, students interviewed each other as their own Notable American. This lead to some amazing encounters where Americans from different time periods were able to interact.
It is amazing to see all the learning third graders have done over the past weeks to prepare for the Wax Museum.