Barnesville students and families took a virtual tour across America, visiting informative state displays and engaging with fourth grade experts who served as tour guides at the annual State Fair.
The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences fourth grade social studies curriculum centers on the study of United States. Beyond the classwide lessons on American history, geography, topography, and heritage, each student is also responsible for a long-term research project about a state of their choice. Students use class time for independent research on their state’s history, economy, geography, climate, government, and culture. Student then curate several months of work into tri-fold and table-top displays featuring facts, symbols, famous citizens, and wacky laws unique to their state.
Students made signature treats from their states, such as buttermilk biscuits from Mississippi, South Carolina Gold Rice, and Kentucky Derby Pie.
“These students really paid attention to detail in their research and presentations,” said Fourth Grade Teacher Ms. Harabatch (known as Ms. Z). “They learned a lot from one another throughout the process, comparing and contrasting facts and characteristics about the different states.”
Barnesville’s Fourth Grade State Fair is a cross-curricular capstone project culminating months of work in different subjects. In language arts, students drew on their research to complete writing assignments, state reports, and presentations. In art class, the students created relief prints of their state’s bird. After carving rubber block stamps, they transferred ink images to printing paper. In music class, the students learned the song about the “Nifty Fifty” states.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school in Montgomery County, Maryland offering innovative preschool through 8th grade programs. Cross-curricular teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding. Small classes enable skilled teachers to engage each child in an academically challenging environment. Our 30-acre campus is our extended classroom, and we integrate nature into everyday learning.”