Remarkable Students Study Remarkable Women

This quarter, second graders immersed themselves in learning about inspiring women from U.S. history. The selected women spanned generations, from Simone Biles to Amelia Earhart to Katherine Johnson.

“A common theme throughout second grade is celebrating individuals who have contributed to making our society a more inclusive community,” said Second Grade Teacher Mary Clayton Garavelli. By studying trailblazing, remarkable women, St. Mary's students learn important lessons about being inclusive and inquisitive. 

The project was multidisciplinary, involving special subjects such as library and art. The students began the study by exploring the elements of an autobiography by writing their own. Then, they read a biography about an important woman from U.S. history. Finally, each girl authored a book report and constructed a coordinating caricature poster during art class. The girls were proud to dress up as historical figures and showcase their “wax museum” to their parents last Friday.

“The girls were so excited to research their famous women. Through the writing process of planning, drafting, editing, and publishing, they were able to apply the knowledge from our Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum this school year. Putting together the research into their published report was a project highlight,” said Second Grade Teacher Sarah Rager.

Many students said their favorite part was dressing up as their historical figures and presenting to their parents and other families.

“Each girl was eager to answer questions about their famous woman and show off what she had learned through the compilation of the project. The confidence each girl portrayed during their presentation showed such exciting growth,” said Mrs. Rager.

The second-grade team of teachers is confident that the lessons instilled during this project will be lifelong – and remarkable.

“I enjoyed watching each child’s confidence blossom as she rehearsed facts to present in front of our guests. My students were confident asking for help when they needed answers not found in their research,” said Mrs. Garavelli.

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