Mary is the fifth grade and Middle School Social Studies teacher. She has taught at Our Lady of Peace School for 17 years. Mary earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Bradley University, one for International Studies and the other for Spanish. She entered a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin River Falls in order to obtain a grades 5-12 Social Studies teaching license. She is involved with the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE). In 2008 Mary was named Middle School Teacher of the Year from Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Her interests include reading, traveling, and attending sporting events.
My favorite fifth grade project/event is Revolutionary Day. This is the final day of a month long project where students research a historical figure of the American Revolution. In literature circles they read a biography that focuses on one such person. The students investigate forms of entertainment, food, drink, and clothing of the time period. The students create visual aides showing a timeline and summary of the person’s life and a portrait. On Revolutionary Day, the students become their historical figure. In traditional clothing, they become their “character” and visit the other classrooms presenting their summary. Upon return to the classroom, we have a party “Revolutionary Style” which includes food, music and entertainment of the late 1700’s.