Students Become Teachers in Annual Research Project
Taylor, Jennifer, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jennifer Taylor Daily Herald Staff Writer
For the past two months, all 670 students at Harrison Street Elementary School in Geneva have worked together on a project that spans the entire continent of Africa.
From the day-to-day lifestyle of tribes in Senegal to the intricacies of Masai attire, students from kindergarten to fifth grade took part in the annual research unit that focuses on a culture.
This is the seventh year teachers from the art and music departments and the library have offered the cooperative project funded by the PTO.
"We are trying to immerse students into a different culture," librarian Mary Ann Stearn said.
Through art classes, students created murals and other replicas illustrating the African culture. In music, students learned songs relating to the region. The library staff helped classes research the countries.
When the work was complete, students had an opportunity to showcase their projects in a museum atmosphere. For four days, the library was transformed into a museum with students from various classrooms acting as tour guides, leading classrooms through each project. …