The world is a little bit smaller to the seventh-graders at Carpenters Middle School. Each of the school’s 245 seventh grade students now knows quite a bit about a foreign country, thanks to a multi-disciplinary research project the students recently completed.
Seventh-graders at Carpenters began the work that ended with an International Day Fair by choosing a country that held some interest or fascination for them. Over five weeks, the students were led in research and fact-gathering techniques by their language arts and Social studies teachers, searching books, magazines and the Internet to learn about their country. The final project included a paper, display board and the ability to discuss their country with teachers, students, parents and friends who attended the International Day.
Work included filling up to 50 notecards with information on the country, preparing an outline for their paper, writing an essay with properly cited sources and doing their project board.
The project boards were on display in the school’s gym during the International Day Fair. The students also increased their knowledge beyond their own project by rotating through the gym to hear presentations from their classmates about their countries.
As a finale for the festival, guest speakers representing 10 countries were invited to speak to the students.
Winners in the fair will advance to the Blount County Social Studies Fair. Taking home the honors for Carpenters were Evey Satterfield, Emily Van Auken, Cody Tapner and Miranda Clark, with Addison Hatfield, Brock Rowell and Audrey Young receiving honorable mention.