Fletcher 2nd Graders Complete Mini-Marathon as Part of ELA Experience

Fletcher Elementary School second graders paid tribute to the first Ancient Greek marathon by running their own mini-marathon around the school. The students, who learned about Ancient Greek Civilization during an English Language Arts unit, ran the mini-marathon with the help of a Jamestown Police Department escort.

As part of their unit, students studied, and read about, why ancient Greek civilization is important and how it made contributions to society today. Students studied the first Olympic Games and how they included only footraces – or running races. Other sports were not introduced until later years. The second grade teachers decided to make connections between the ancient Olympic Games and marathons run today. All the students received racing numbers, a gold medal, and a water bottle for completing the race. 

“The students were so excited and proud of themselves. They really believed they ran a marathon like the footraces in ancient Greece,” said Fletcher Elementary School teacher, Teresina Isabella. “We wanted to connect the stories that happened over 2,000 years ago with what happens today in our daily life. It was not just a run to run, we talked about persevering, setting goals, respect and honor. Students recounted personal experiences involving the saying ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way,’ with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details. We talked about how the contributions of the ancient Greek civilization have influenced the present. I think in order for students to connect with the ancient stories, we need to bring connections to modern-day civilizations.”

posted on 01/08/2016 - filed under: Academics, Common Core, ELA, Elementary School, Spotlight, Students