5th graders research influential African Americans to create their own mini museum

Black History Month research project allows students the opportunity to share what they’ve learned with Carpenter community

On the last day of Black History Month, the Carpenter Elementary fifth graders got the opportunity to share their research of prominent African Americans. The entire school visited the “mini museum” set up in the cafeteria, as younger students, teachers, and parents toured the displays on poster board and computer screens.

The museum was the culmination of the Carpenter Elementary fifth graders’ Black History Month research project.

Students chose an historical African American person to research. The three classroom teachers partnered with Carpenter Librarian Liz Clark to help with research. Clark provided the students with credible research sites, discussed how to find accurate information, and provided bibliographies from the school library for students to use in their research.

The project has been very student-directed, with students researching on their own in class and creating their media forms such as paper, poster, or slideshow. The fifth grade teachers incorporated several of the research subjects into their reading lessons.

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