Famous Americans Return to Penn Brook

They are baaack! One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to participate in the TOAD (Time Line of America Day) – presentations as an observer. Once again this year, the students ,who were mostly dressed in character, were well prepared to discuss the lives of their characters from their research and their perspectives. In addition to being able to answer questions, all of these students had completed a project of their choice like a game board with important facts, a report or display and all were so proud to share what they had done! I was very impressed as I am every year!

This  project is a wonderful learning experience for the 5th grade classes and has been for many years . In fact ,  at this year’s senior class dinner where the graduating students opened their time capsules that were done in 5 th grade ( now done in 6th grade )  I noticed several capsules that included  pictures and artifacts from TOAD and this is not the only year I have seen this. It only goes to show how significant this event was in their life and how fondly they look back on this experience 6 years later.  It is definitely an event that students will remember for their entire school career and beyond.

In my opinion, one of the best things about TOAD , is the process students use to complete a project like this and the skills they develop along the way. There are many steps and decisions they have to make to represent their learning which is probably why they are so invested and it stays in their memory. Congratulations to all of the students on a job very well done and to the parents and teachers who helped them along the  way. So proud of everyone involved!

Here are just a few pictures I took to remember the day.