A Museum and a Library
The third grade class at Mason Crest Elementary School, with guidance from a team of teachers, opened this morning a museum featuring displays of ancient civilizations and a library showcasing their nonfiction work. My son and his classmates surprised me with how much they had accomplished during the past few weeks in school. The exhibit welcomed parents as an atmosphere of awe was unmistakably present. The photos shown below could relate much better than words I could write.
During the exhibit, the students went around to view what their classmates had made. Students in fact took turns. Half of the time, students were on their own display, prepared to answer questions from guests. The other half was spent viewing and commenting on the work of their classmates.
There was one interactive exhibit. In this picture, my son was being quizzed by his teacher.
The principal was likewise among the visitors.
|Mason Crest principal Brian Butler looking at my son's poster on Ancient Rome|
After being treated to a museum, the parents and children proceeded to a collection of nonfiction books covering a wide range of topics and written by these young third-grade authors.
The activity not only provided a channel for young children to write but also a great opportunity to experience what writers need, being read. Similar to the museum, the children read the books of their classmates and even wrote comments. It was a great experience of peer review.
And, of course, I did not pass the opportunity of taking a photograph of one of the authors and his book.
It was enlightening to see what facts my son considered as fun.
The third grade teachers at Mason Crest Elementary School; Koeppel, Kim, Vanderhye and Polak clearly showed parents what children could produce. The teachers likewise made the children realize what they could accomplish. I, on the other hand, and I hope other parents and readers of this blog would do as well, witnessed what teachers could do.