Living Museum, Project Based Learning

Story by Gabriele Arsenault
Photos by Jennifer McPhail-Hastings
Landstuhl Elementary School 

Serenity Medley (left) as Katherine Johnson and Sophia Lucas (right) as Patricia Bath.

Fourth graders at Landstuhl Elementary Middle School presented their second Project Based Learning assignment. Students researched women and portrayed them in their Living Museum. Many classes, from kindergarten through 5th grade along with parents, came to learn about Beatrix Potter, Alice Walker, Ruby Bridges, Katherine Johnson, and Jane Austin — to name just a few. Students were especially excited to learn that some were friends and knew each other. This inspired more research that went beyond expectations. Parents, teachers, and students were impressed with the students and how well they shared their learning.