Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Generations Apart" Oral History Project & Orchestra

The Hoard Museum in Fort Atkinson sponsors a wonderful oral history project for all fourth graders in our city entitled "Generations Apart". The project connects students today with older family members/friends and their history. Students interview a grandparent or special person from an older generation and draft a biography about the person they interviewed.
Four students from each classroom are selected to be honored at a celebration at the Hoard Museum. Here are the four writing scholars from our room standing next to their winning essays.

All winning essays were hung around the room for public viewing.

Each student was called to the front of the room to get recognized with the special person who was interviewed or a parent (if the person interviewed could not attend). Mrs. Oberle (the director of the Hoard Museum) read a short section of each student's essay to highlight a funny or interesting memory of the interviewee.

Tyler interviewed his Great Grandpa Louie but had another special person, his grandma, stand up with him!

Teagan wrote about her Grandma Karen who was able to attend the celebration with Teagan!

Adam's Grandma Faith was able to attend the celebration, too.

Eliot's Great Aunt Fanny wasn't able to attend the celebration so Eliot's mom stood up with her. What a proud moment!

All fourth-grade student essays are stored in a binder at the museum. We encourage all families to visit the museum to view all the oral history essays and check out the other historical exhibits at the Hoard Museum.

Today we had the 5th Grade/Middle School orchestra come to do a demonstration of all the instruments our students will get a chance to play next year. Students listened to the different instruments, got a chance to try each one, and got an information sheet from Mrs. Gary if they were interested in possibly playing one.

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