Teaching & Learning in the museum district
Ancient Artifacts, Prado's Paintings and Sci-Fi on Stage: 6th Grade's Day in the Neighborhood
by Liz Thornton, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Last week, the sixth grade class at Presbyterian School spent a full day enjoying the many resources of our Museum District neighborhood.
In the morning, students visited two exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts. First, they saw the travelling “Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado” exhibit, which contains one-hundred masterpieces of Spanish art. Sixth grade Spanish teacher, Mrs. Alexander-Trillo extensively researched the exhibit beforehand and then gave the students a guided tour about select pieces of art.
Student Abby Boyce reflected on the exhibit, saying: “The Spanish art was pretty interesting. You’re looking at a completely different style of art. I personally love art and enjoy seeing the many different forms of it. I really liked all the pictures of Jesus. It gave me a better visual representation of what he would have looked like and also what the Spanish thought he would look like. It was fun!”
Afterwards, the students completed a Scavenger hunt while looking at ancient treasures in the Antiquities collection. Students are currently learning about the Ancient Greeks in History class. Sixth grade History teacher, Kris Ross, explains the purpose of their field assignment: “I wanted the students to relate the Greek artifacts to what they were learning in the classroom. I also wanted them to enjoy using the museum as a resource. We did that through a scavenger hunt. Students looked at items and learned more about then by reading the information on the plaque.”
Julian Bahramipour, sixth grade student, describes what he learned during the scavenger hunt: “I learned about the ancient children’s toys and the different tools they used.”
In the afternoon, the sixth grade class attended a theatrical production of A Wrinkle in Time at Main Street Theatre. In English class, they are currently reading Madeline L’engle’s classic novel, so seeing the play (only a few blocks from school) was a perfect enrichment to the curriculum.
Student Dorothy Davis, an avid theater lover, reflected on the performance: “I thought the play was a very inventive and imaginative representation of the book.”
After a fun-filled day, the students enjoyed a special Valentine’s Day treat and played outside in the beautiful weather. Taking a day off from regular classes to enjoy the many museums and theater nearby was a perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day!
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