Two fifth grade teachers finally share their opinions on a project they have been doing for years.
Fifth grade students have recently finished learning about explorers and Jamestown. During this Social Studies unit, fifth graders also do two projects to go along with what they are learning. The first project they do focuses on the explorers. Every student picks an explorer to research. Then, they create a poster about the explorer. The second project involves the settlement of Jamestown. Fifth grade students get to create their own mini-model of Jamestown. Groups of students design and build houses, a church, a cannon, and a palisade (fence). Both projects allow students to share their knowledge of history in a unique way.
Mrs. Englehart, a fifth grade Social Studies teacher, prefers the Explorer project out of the two choices. She stated,” The explorer unit allows students to identify their own personal heritage with the European explorers that discovered the “new world”- America.” Mrs Englehart favors the Explorers’ project because kids get a chance to connect to their ancestors.
Mr. Rehn, another fifth grade Social Studies teacher, likes the Jamestown project better than the Explorers’ project. He said,” I like that the Jamestown project is a hands-on project. It gives students a feeling of what it was like during Jamestown. Students will better understand the stress of the starving time and the hard work it took to build a settlement. To be successful, students must work together and problem solve to accomplish a goal as well.“ Mr Rehn thinks the Jamestown project is the best project because students can experience the Jamestown time period in a realistic way.