Houston is home to one of the largest museum districts in the nation and PS is located right in the heart of it. Our goal is to one day be featured as an official Museum of Learning in the Houston Museum District but until that happens, we will continue to create our own Presbyterian School Museums. Each year every grade in the School determines a focus, completes research, learns from local experts, and then designs, creates, and installs their own grade level museum on campus.
In 5th grade, students begin taking science class as a daily period alongside Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts. With an increased focus on Science in 5th grade, it was a natural, meaningful tie-in to make the 5th grade "museum" feature a science-related topic. Taking a cue from Presbyterian School's motto, "As children of God, we respect ourselves, each other and the environment," students began exploring how humans (themselves included) have a responsibility as children of God to respect the environment.
Students did research on a current issue that has had an effect on the environment, and then they were asked to think creatively about solutions that could reverse the negative impact humans have had. Students had to explore two ways that are currently being used to solve their environmental issue, including one personal solution to inspire and teach students they can take personal responsibility and make a difference too.
To share their findings with the PS community, including parents, grandparents, students, faculty and staff, students had the opportunity to share their research and conclusions in creative ways including, three dimensional models, posters, iMovies, scratch animation, and more in a multi-day Environmental Summit Museum.
The 5th grade year is the capstone of the PS Lower School program, encouraging students to apply skills, strategies, and core values built and sharpened over the last four years. 5th graders capitalize on the learning of the previous year using the same steps of researching, note taking, outlining, and writing a research paper. They also tap into the agency they've developed throughout their Lower School experience to effectively choose from the various methods of presentation they have been exposed to from the previous four years.
Our 5th grade students created a compelling showcase of unique responses to real-world, current events in environmental science. If you missed their Museum, ask a student to share with you about his/her project. And together, let's take care of our world!