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posted: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Yogesh Mohapatra presents to Kisheeth Reddivari

A Day At The Museum

The students saw ancient farming tools, idols, jewelry, games, models of temples, shields, and a bow and arrow during their museum walk – all without leaving their classroom.

Julia Jetter and Dani Marangon’s fifth grade class recently created their own artifacts from Early American civilizations. The project was designed to help students understand how artifacts provide us with important information about the ancient world. 

During the museum walk, students alternated between presenting their artifacts and walking around the room learning about the artifacts of others. The Aztec, Mayans, Incas, and Anasazi were all represented, with pieces that spanned every aspect of these cultures including their religions, daily lives, arts and entertainment, architecture, and weaponry.

Using the Internet, textbooks, and books recommended by the school librarian, each student researched his or her artifact and wrote a short report detailing what it can reveal about its civilization of origin. Students also had to relate their objects to similar ones used today. This information was all included in the presentations that the students made to each other.

“The project really helped kids learn about past civilizations and make connections to how and where we are today,” said Ms. Jetter. “The students were amazed at how advanced these civilizations were and what they were able to accomplish without machines.”

An important part of the project was peer feedback. Students not only helped each other during the research and preparation process, but they also took notes during the museum walk. Students jotted down what they liked about each other’s presentations and what could be improved.

“It makes students who are being presented to active in the presentation and requires them to think while they are listening,” said Ms. Marangon. “It makes them consider what they would do and how they would approach things. Learning to make and to accept compliments and constructive criticism are important life skills. When we share, it lets us all grow.”

The students made their artifacts in school from materials that they brought it from home.

Carly Solowsky takes notes on a presentation


Congratulations Eline!

Eline Maleko, a student in the School of St. Jude in Tanzania, has graduated from the seventh grade with an A average. CMS has sponsored Eline's education through an annual fundraising walk-a-thon since she started school.

Below is the letter that the school sent to CMS:

Dear All at Chester M. Stephens Elementary School,

Greetings from St Jude’s!

Our students recently celebrated their Standard 7 graduation! The graduation ceremony took place on the 3rd December and was a fabulous day of celebrations for our students, their families and teachers alike. The day marked the completion of seven years of primary schooling for our hardworking and dedicated students. We hope you enjoy the photo of Eline Reginald  Maleko and her family at her graduation! 

A number of special guests attended, including the Guest of Honour, Aliko Mwamusaku – Head of Arusha NBC Bank, who congratulated our students on reaching this far and for all the effort they have put into their studies at St Jude’s. We would like to extend this gratitude to you, our sponsors, without whom this special day could not have been realised. Thanks to your continued support, Eline is proud to be among our students successfully completing their primary education and passed her Standard Seven National Examinations with flying colours. Eline achieved a Grade A average. We hope this high standard continues on throughout their secondary level education and beyond. 

Our students will now be preparing to have a well-deserved rest over the holiday season, before coming back to St Jude’s as a secondary student. We are looking forward to welcoming them into our Smith Secondary Campus, where they will be going onto the next level of their education.

Once again, thank you so much for all your support, and for standing with us in our Fight against Poverty through Education.

Best wishes,

Lucy Cole

Sponsor Relations Team

PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa


Jada Martinez works on the nervous system of her patient

Building Mr. Moore

Dr. Victor Frankenstein would be proud.

First-graders in Serenity Daley's class recently learned all about the workings of the human body – by building bodies themselves. (A whole lot more than a bolt of lightning would be needed to bring them to life, however.)

Dressed in surgical caps, gowns, and masks that Ms. Daley bought online, the young doctors assembled paper humans during the course of the class's three-week-long unit on anatomy and the human body. 

After first learning about the skeletal system, students worked in small groups and pieced together cutouts of major bones onto four-feet-long sheets of brown construction paper; that provided the foundation for each group's "patient."

The students then added major components to their patients after learning about each system of the body. Strands of yellow yarn formed the nervous system. Red and blue yarn served as veins and arteries of the circulatory system.

Organs were cutouts that the junior doctors colored in and then placed inside the patients (each affectionately named Mr. Moore). The last layer to be included represented the muscular system and was formed using red construction paper.

“It was so engaging and fun for them,” Ms. Daley said. “The project helped the students understand the individual body systems and how everything works together, which is just as important. They learned that you have to take care of your body and that was a great transition into discussions about the importance of healthy eating and exercising.” 

Ms. Daley developed the project after attending a professional development workshop at Liberty Science Center. There she learned about two great educational websites that she made key resources in the anatomy unit: Kidshealth.org and Biodigital.com. Kidshealth.org provides age-appropriate information about the human body and important guidelines for staying healthy. Biodigital.com is an amazing way to explore the human body through interactive 3-D animation. 

At the end of the unit, each student received a staff photo ID from the CMS Children's Hospital and a fully-functional plastic stethoscope. The diminutive mini Mr. Moore’s will be put on display in the classroom.

Andres Ochoa and Brielle Magrini color in a cutout of a heart

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