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Fifth Grade Hosts American History Fair

April 05, 2018

Fifth Grade’s History Fair, held on Wednesday, April 4th marked the culmination of more than three months of preparation, as each fifth grade student portrayed a notable American who was born before 1900.  Some of the Americans that students embodied were Mark Twain, Laura ingalls Wilder, Olga Dorfner (first female American swimmer to break a world record), Sacagawea, Elizabeth Blackwell, Thomas Edison, Ty Cobb, and Abraham Lincoln. 

The event began with each student introducing themselves in character on the stage. Then fellow students, parents, and faculty enjoyed learning more about these interesting Americans by circulating around the auditorium, where each character was stationed at a table. Fifth grade students showcased artifacts, slideshows, and essays that they had gathered and created during the project. A highlight for the audience members was getting to play the games that the fifth grade students created as part of their projects.  At Abraham Lincoln’s station for example, you could see how many pennies you could toss into an array of tall black hats.

The fifth grade History Fair is an example of how students at BFS interact with content from multiple perspectives and learn experientially. Fifth grade teacher, Lauren Cortright, skillfully leads her students through this rewarding experience, allowing them to share their learning with the entire school community in a very meaningful way. Thanks for the awesome history lesson fifth grade!

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