“The fourth graders, this is their second time, but they had to pick a new person and learn more information,” fourth-grade teacher Robin Taylor said. “We did it for reading because they had to read a biography and do research.”
Love said she'd had multiple parents get excited about the project with their children.
“I've had several parents tell me, 'Ah, it's so exciting – our child is learning to research,'” Love said. “They have to follow a rubric for their presentation, they have little cards... And presenting, that's a big skill for kids.”
Both teachers agreed that the hands-on project helped the students to learn about history in a uniquely beneficial way.
“(One student) may not be strong on paper, but this is her cup of tea, where she can feel confident and know that person and research that person and be excited,” Taylor said, adding, “and I have several like that – they thrive.”
Love said she thought the students had done a great job with the assignment.
“It works to reinforce the actual skills they've learned in reading and language in just a different way – to be able to summarize a book they've read,” she said.
Christian Heritage Academy is a kindergarten through sixth-grade institution of Southside Baptist Church, located at 1500 Crockett Rd.