Fifth-graders report on space projects

Jessica Saunders, Hillsboro fifth-grader, points to a component of the International Space Station as team members Iris Klein (middle) and  Kaylee Lopez follow her lead during their presentation on Wednesday.Fifth-grade students at Hillsboro Elementary School presented their reading and science projects about space exploration to parents and classmates last Monday and Wednesday.

The project was launched for the first time involving fifth-graders.

Teachers Maura Wiebe, Collette Haslett and Rod Just first asked their students to journal or write about topics they would like to know more about within the broader subject of space exploration.

The three teachers then grouped the students according to topics. Each group was required to: research the topic; write an essay, citing sources; then create a presentation using media, posters or three-dimensional models.

?With the new College and Career Readiness Stan?dards, we decided to try to parallel reading text with science concepts this year,? Wiebe said.

?The focus of these standards is to also try to help the students apply the know?ledge they receive into some kind of research and writing project. So, with space exploration being one of the topics this fall, it worked well to have students read, study, research and write about it.?

Parents and classmates gathered in the HES library in two sessions to hear what and see what the students learned from doing the research.

?This is a new activity for the fifth-graders,? Wiebe said. ?We think it went well for the first attempt, and there?s always room for improvement.?

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