Sixth grade students at Parker Elementary have been studying Ancient Greece as they read the book, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. As an engaging and collaborative end of unit project, sixth grade students in Mr. Wallis and Ms. Vandebogart’s classes held a Greek Fair on December 15. Groups of students have been collaborating using the Google to research an area of interest related to Ancient Greece. The task was for the students to create a booth that teaches the younger students about their topic. The students used a collaboration rubric and a collaboration contract to ensure they worked purposefully together. Each group was responsible for an informative essay, a poster, and a creative element to engage the second grade students that attended the fair.
The second grade students also just finished learning about Ancient Greece so it was a natural fit for them to attend the fair. After the fair, the sixth grade students will complete self and peer reflections about their collaborative experience. Sixth grade student, Ava Chevalier said, “I liked doing this project. It was fun because I liked to create things. I learned all about the Olympian gods and I got to show what I learned to younger kids.” Student Marco Hettich also enjoyed the project, Marco said, “I like to teach other kids. Teaching kids new things that they didn’t know before is fun. I think teaching is something I would like to do.” Second grader, Matt Adams said, “I like the Greek gods. It is fun to learn from the sixth graders.” The sixth grade students had a great time teaching the second graders about Ancient Greece in a fun fair like environment.