During the last month of the 2022-2023 academic year, students at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School worked diligently on an Ancient Civilization Project during social studies. The objective of the assignment was to utilize knowledge gained in class to construct an artifact that represented a particular civilization from the past.
“I was very impressed with the creativity and commitment exhibited by our students,” said Dr. Ruth Peets-Butcher, Principal of Wheeler Avenue Elementary School. “Thank you to the teachers, faculty, and administrators of this school for making this year’s Ancient Civilization Project a huge success.”
Students had the option of working independently, with a partner, or in a small group to complete the task. All participants were required to create an artifact and write a five-paragraph essay on a topic of their choice. Students gained experience utilizing different research methods, which helps to prepare them for the next phase of their academic careers.
Assignment requirements were outlined in a rubric and discussed in class. The project culminated with an opportunity for students to showcase their projects for their fellow classmates and faculty members. In their presentations, students were encouraged to highlight the importance of their artifact, its uses in ancient civilizations, the materials used to construct it, and what piqued their interest in its operation and design. Students also read parts of their essay to support their presentation of the artifact.