A Day in the Neighborhood - 2007 Jaffarian Award Winner

Central School Third Grade Virtual Museum: A Day in the Neighborhood

School: Central Elementary School, Wilmette, IL

Nominated by: Barbara Ungar, School Library Media Specialist

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Program Summary:

Participating students explored the American immigrant experience through primary source research, museum and ethnic neighborhood visits, local history discussions, literature, writing activities, art, music and dance. Program development included curriculum tie-in and collaboration lead by the school librarian, involving the school’s third grade teachers, music teacher, art teacher, technology teacher and differentiated instruction specialist. Now in its 13th year, the program culminates in the expansion of a “Virtual Museum” Web site, produced by students to demonstrate and share their learning. The Central Elementary School’s “Virtual Museum” is available online at: http://www.wilmette39.org/virtualmuseum.

Program Images

Student created Chinese brush painting Student photo of beans

Student-created Chinese brush painting Student-created photograph of beans

student photo of greek columns student created Wycinanki

Student-created photograph of Greek columns Student-created Wycinanki

Reflection from the Award Winner

Award Presentation Image

Barbara Ungar with Tom Phelps

Thomas Phelps, National Endowment for the Humanities, presents Jaffarian Award to Barbara Ungar

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