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Fifth Graders Conduct Social Studies Research Project

Students in Giovanni Pucci's fifth grade social studies class have been examining how the land we now call "North and South America" got its name. They've looked in particular at some of the civilizations and tribes that thrived on this land before the arrival of settlers from Europe. Students were challenged to pick one of these civilizations or tribes for a research project and compose a short essay and an illustration on their topic. Giovanni used this project as an opportunity to teach students how to access the digital library resources to gather information about their topic. After several weeks of reading articles and taking notes, the fifth graders synthesized everything they learned into their essay and illustration. To conclude the project, each fifth grader became the teacher for a few minutes––presenting their work to the rest of the class and fielding questions from classmates.