Historical figures come alive at Salisbury Academy

  • Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:09 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:10 a.m.
Salisbury Academy fourth-grade student Nick Snipes portrayed Steve Jobs during the Time Machine Museum outlining how the late entrepreneur and inventor changed the way we communicate.
Salisbury Academy fourth-grade student Nick Snipes portrayed Steve Jobs during the Time Machine Museum outlining how the late entrepreneur and inventor changed the way we communicate.

SALISBURY – Visitors to Salisbury Academy had the chance to meet Dr. Seuss, Steve Jobs, Vince Lombardi, Amelia Earhart and Annie Oakley last Thursday, when the fourth-grade class brought historical figures to life during their Time Machine Museum.

This event is the culmination of weeks of learning, creativity and critical thinking for Salisbury Academy’s fourth-grade students.

During the project, students must select a historical figure, read a biography about that figure, write a biography, and prepare a first-person presentation with costume and props. Students do much of the work independently in the classroom and work at home to prepare their display and props.

“At Salisbury Academy, we hear feedback all the time how parents enjoy being engaged in their child’s learning experience,” said Head of School Diane Fisher. “A dedicated teacher combined with supportive, involved parents is a wonderful equation for engaged learners.”

Fourth-grade teacher Lee McCall said this is a great learning experience for her students because it helps get them ready for middle school research projects. She said the project is structured so that the directions are clear and there are check points throughout the process, but that the students do the work independently. “Our students have a comfort level because they know what is expected, are given the tools they need, and are very much set up for success. I could not have been more pleased with their work and am so proud of them.”

The Salisbury Academy gym was filled Thursday with students from other grades as well as parents and grandparents visiting the Time Machine Museum.

“We loved the time machine demonstrations by the fourth grade class. The individualized presentations we got to see were so engaging, and it was clear the students had an immersion experience with their slice of history,” said Teresa Rowell, fourth-grade parent. “Thinking about it later, we realized the final product was actually a perfect culmination of several related projects: combining critical reading, analytical writing and creative expression. What a great integration of education.”

“It was just amazing how all of the kids, by taking on the persona of their biography report subject, demonstrated a real understanding of that person, their life and their impact on history,” said Greg Shields, fourth-grade parent.

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