Who needs time travel when you have history class?
Fifth graders have been diving into the Golden Age of Islam (approximately from the 8th century to the 13th century). This week, students hosted a museum-style session in the library and in classrooms to showcase their research projects.
From shadow puppets (seen above) to surgery, and from mathematics to musical instruments, students demonstrated and spoke knowledgeably about their topics and how these discoveries and developments shaped human history.
In the first half of fifth grade, students focus on Islam and its history in social studies, starting out by examining the geographical and historical context in which Islam was born and then about the life of Muhammad and core beliefs and practices of Muslims. Students then look at how the Islamic faith, and the climate and geography of the Arabian Peninsula influences and is influenced by the region's art and architecture. From there, students look at the spread of technology, information, art, literature and other areas during the Golden Age of Islam, which is what the students focus on for their research projects.
To kick off their research projects, the fifth graders came up with guiding questions that shaped their research as they also learned how to take detailed notes, identify trustworthy sources and organize and present information effectively.
Because students used interactive websites as the medium to share information, students also learned about the value of photos, maps, and captions that could enhance the learner's experience. The artifacts on display this week highlighted an aspect of their studies.