Lessons Come Alive in 6th Grade Classroom

Lessons Come Alive in 6th Grade Classroom
Posted on 04/14/2021
6th graders

Imagine dressing up in costumes, delivering the news, teaching a cooking lesson or even building a mummy. In Mrs. Bonanza’s sixth grade classroom at Gansevoort students are doing just that and more all while learning about subjects such as Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. Through Project Based Learning lessons and a lot of help from retired Art Teacher, Mrs. Gursky and Bonanza they are bringing the classroom alive through creative learning.

In the classroom students are making vision boards, pottery and posters to tie-in with the curriculum they are studying. They also had an Egyptian burial on Thursday, April 1st. Students made a mummy in a box and they joined third graders who dressed up in costumes and had a processional throughout the hallways of Gansevoort. Fellow students—who were feet apart—joined in the fun by throwing flower pedals.

The sixth graders even started a Sunshine News (mock TV station) to deliver the news to their fellow students and school.

“Students read the news from a teleprompter, there are guests, (Such as Mrs. Pokines and Mrs. Bonanza as southern bells), skits, comic relief, cooking and more,” said Gursky. The news, along with other activities helps to develop ELA skills such as: communication/cooperation, fluency building, social skills and confidence. Seeing the student put together the news, keeping kids following the script and involving guests (both remote and in person) takes a lot of work on both the students and teachers’ part as well as the technology support from PC Specialist, Mrs. Fazekas.


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