American Presidents Grant Winner
Team leader Luana Lewis and team members
Denise Carter and Brenda Griffith
of Jefferson Elementary School in El Dorado, KS engaged their fifth grade students in an in-depth study of
As part of the activity, the students
researched a chosen president and participated in
a "wax museum" performance. The team will use the American Presidents video grant as
a resource for this project next year.
C-SPAN is provided to their school by Multimedia Cablevision.
"Our students conduct an in-depth study of our presidents and first
ladies to help meet our fifth grade social studies and library/media
goals. Each student writes a research paper on the life of a president
and first lady. After the report is completed, the students create
a speech, dress as their subjects, and perform in a presidential
wax museum for our school and community to visit."
- Luana Lewis
"First, students draw the name of a president and first lady from a hat.
The students receive lessons in note taking, bibliographies, keyboarding
and paper writing. Then, they conduct research using a variety of sources
books, periodicals, CD ROMs, videotapes and the Internet."
"Next, students write a research paper complete with note cards, bibliography, and title
page, and type it on school computers."
"Once they have completed this part of the project, they write at two-minute
speech in first person with details about their subject's life. Students then perform these speeches
as their subjects."