Peshtigo revolution

Fifth-grade students Junior Lewis and Chayce Wesolowski discuss their ideas about scavenger hunt questions during a Revolutiony War war project at Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center.

PESHTIGO—Peshtigo’s fifth grade class is experiencing a revolution!

Teachers have planned a unit that includes all 80 fifth-grade students. Each student has chosen an important person or event from the time of our Revolutionary War to research. Students working from home virtually as well as those attending school in person collaborated on this grade level-wide project that culminated in a giant timeline posted in the hallway for the entire school to see.

“Students can visually see and have ownership in the many people and events that make up our American Revolution,” teacher Cheryl Lange said.

Fifth-grade teacher Melissa Sherman said, “The beauty of an assignment like this is that we are able to do cross-curricular work.”

Students in fifth grade are able to study the details of this time period in social studies using the Acellus online curriculum. Then, in language arts, students learn to read through and evaluate the research.

“We help students evaluate websites and work on comprehending key information,” Lange explained. “We especially emphasize critical thinking skills. Students need to distinguish and identify the information which is most important and interesting.”

Student Daphne Wellner explained that students were to read at least six books and identify at least eight facts from books or websites.

“This really helped me with my research skills,” she said. “The poster part was fun, too, putting together all of the facts and selecting the picture to top it off was the best part.”

Eian Bergeson shared, “I thought that this was fun, because when you research these people you get to learn what happened in the past.”

Many students debated whether the Boston Massacre was a snowball fight as that was one of the true and false questions.

Chayce Wesolowski thought learning about Valley Forge was most surprising. He said, “I thought it was going to be boring,” but then “I felt like I was there in Valley Forge” and could picture the “pain and terror” people experienced there.

“This project has become a shared learning experience for the entire grade level,” Sherman said, adding that each student has contributed a set of facts surrounding one key person or event in the Revolution and then their mini poster is placed into a giant timeline in the fifth-grade hallway.

“This shared learning is even more important this year as it pulls together students from in-person instruction groups A and B, as well as those learning virtually.”

Whitney Haile thought that “the American Revolution timeline was fun, because it was “like a scavenger hunt and I got to help other people.”

Bentley Malek said, “It was a chance to be kind and help a friend, we helped each other.”

Student Jackson Malke shared, “Finding all the answers was like a huge word search or maze, and it was a challenge.”

Chase VanWinkle added that, “my favorite part was making the poster, because I get to share my knowledge with everyone.”