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Maroun Fourth Graders Present Living History Museum

A month-long lesson on the American Revolution recently culminated in a living history museum at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.

Logan Fitzgerald  portrays Samuel Adams during a living history museum in Aimee Brooker’s classroom.
Logan Fitzgerald portrays Samuel Adams during a living history museum in Aimee Brooker’s classroom.

Students in Aimee Brooker’s fourth grade class studied key figures, battles, dates and other historical events tied to the Revolutionary War.

To reinforce the lessons from the textbook, the fourth graders conducted additional research, created Powerpoint presentations and made costumes to transform into famous people from that era.

“It really makes them take ownership over what they’re learning,” Brooker said. “They did a great job.”

Dressed in full period costume, complete with wigs, students took on the persona of historical figures such as Betsy Ross, Samuel Adams, Abigail Adams and other patriots and loyalists.

Fourth graders meet with kindergartners to discuss their recent studies of the American Revolution.
Fourth graders meet with kindergartners to discuss their recent studies of the American Revolution.

The students exuded confidence as they spoke about their research subject to family members who toured the classroom.

Brooker noted that in addition to her students gaining a better understanding of the American Revolution, kindergartners also benefited from the lesson, as the fourth graders delivered presentations to the kindergarten classes.

“Kindergartners are learning about George Washington and some of the other political figures from that period,” Brooker said. “It’s a great opportunity for the younger kids to see what they’ll be learning when they get to fourth grade.”