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Our museum curator, Pam Clingerman, worked with Ms. Vinson's 4th and 5th grade classes for the 2012-2013 school year. Our projects included:

October 2012 - National Fossil Month - To celebrate National Fossil Month, the class made their own fossils using pieces of slate and glue strings. The glue strings were cut out and arranged on the slate to look like dinosaur skeletons. The skeletons were then glued onto the slate and antiqued with brown paint. The class also went on a fossil "dig" using chocolate chip cookies and using a toothpick to "dig" out all the chocolate chip fossils.

November 2012 - Veterans Flag - In honor of Veteran's Day, the class was asked "What is a Veteran"? The reply was "An old man who has served in the war." The assignment was to find a veteran in their family or find a veteran online and research them. Then, copy a picture and write a short biography of their chosen veteran. The class as a whole made a flag of the United States of construction paper. Each star on the flag was given a picture of a veteran, and the biography of that person was placed on one of the white stripes of the flag. The class learned that veterans come from all age groups, both male and female, and are people who have served their country in times of peace and war.

December 2012 - Christmas Decorations. This Christmas, all the 4th and 5th grade students from Central School (as well as students from Bishop Hogan Memorial School) made decorations as an art project. The decorations were brought to the museum, and two Christmas trees were set up in the first exhibit hall. Decorations consisted of Ojo de Dios (Eye of God) "Mexican" decorations, Alaska Stars, as well as nativity figures. Next year, the museum would like to have three Christmas trees!

January and February 2013 - African Masks - The class learned about African culture and the importance of masks within African culture. The class made their masks out of paper Mache. After the paper mache dried, it was painted and  decorated with found items such as string, beads and tinsel.

March 2013 - Decorated Plate With Elephants - Pam had just returned from a trip to India, so she shared stories about India with the class. The class then decorated foam dinner plates with tissue paper and colored in drawings of elephants that were glued to the center of the plate to look like "Jaipur Blue" pottery from India.

April 2013 - Ancient Egypt - The class learned about ancient Egypt. They made pyramids out of paper envelopes which they decorated with colored "hieroglyphics". Bookmark/door hangers were also made with each student's name written in Egyptian hieroglyphics taken from the hieroglyphic alphabet.

Pyramid Bookmarks Pyramid

In May 2013, the class came to the museum for a field trip and they presented Pam with a banner with GRHSM worked in buttons, fabric, crayons, newsprint etc. We had our picture taken at the museum, and she received 22 letters from the class thanking me for the year's PIE activities.

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