Jefferson Middle School fifth graders in Tom Langworthy, Stacy Monroe, Adam Mason and Emily Hohman’s classes discovered a bit more about history’s early explorers through a Social Studies unit and hands-on project. Students have been studying Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando Cortez and Francisco Coronado, learning more about their contributions to history.
The teachers engaged students by having teams research an explorer and create a poster. The poster needed to have two elements: facts about the explorer and a picture that represents the area they explored and their findings.
“Student-driven projects allows for learning and creativity,” said Mr. Langworthy. “It also gives students an opportunity to dig deeper than the textbook allows and provides students with a chance to integrate English Language Arts and art into social studies.”
Throughout the year, fifth graders will learn more about: map skills, geography, colonial life, the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, U.S. government, the World Wars, the Civil War and Reconstruction.