Our recent mini-unit on historical figures has really let our first graders shine as experts in our classroom! Each child chose one leader from the past and researched information about their person's birth, childhood, and adult accomplishments. Then, they presented their learning to our class through speeches, displays, and even costumes! Our specific social studies standard says that first grade students should, "summarize the contributions to democracy that have been made by historic and political figures in the United States, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Dorothea Dix, Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Franklin D. Roosevelt." I think you'll notice that our kids took it a lot further and went deep with their understanding of these important leaders. This week, the students gave oral presentations on their favorite historical figures. It was so impressive to witness our students dressed up like Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglas. There was so much creativity in the costumes, props, posters and speeches, and everyone did a fabulous job! I was most impressed by the energy and excitement that went into these projects. Our students are inspired by leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, Phyllis Wheatley, and Harriet Tubman. After they shared about their historical figure's life, they told us their opinion about these leaders - it was so beautiful! They continue to make connections to the wonderful work and accomplishments of these historical figures. I was amazed to truly learn from your sweet children throughout this unit. Thank you again for the support and effort that went into these presentations. Check out all of their hard work in the videos below!