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


Read the full application narrative here.


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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