This week my son and his class completed a project. In a nutshell, they had a list of people to pick from. This list consisted of influencial people in history. Some are alive today and some have not been with us for hundreds of years.
This list included people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Neil Armstrong, just to name a few.
After picking a name, the kids would have to research that individual and write a short speech about their life. Ultimately, the entire 5th grade would impersonate their choice for the rest of the school. It was a great way to teach the kids about that individual and share with their classmates. My son recited his speech 96 times today and will do it again on Friday. All of the kids did great and taught me some tidbits of information I was not familiar with.
There were over 70 characters, I am sharing the pictures of the kids I know personally and received permission to display their pictures. Enjoy!
My Son Quinten was Brett Favre. Statistically, Mr. Favre is one of the best NFL quarterbacks to play the game. Recently retired and returned (again), Brett has now chosen to play football for the Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota jersey is not available yet).
Bradley was Mr. Hank Aaron. Did you know that Mr. Aaron held the record for most homeruns (755) for 33 years?
Lauren was Mariel "Mia" Hamm. Perhaps the best Woman's soccer player in the world. She retired in 2004 and has already been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Although retired, she is still an inspiration to many soccer players of both sexes.
Malik provided us with some great information about our 44th President Barack Obama. His speech included President Obama's accomplishments, prior to his presidency, as well as some information about our First Lady - Michelle.
As I mentioned, all of the kids did fantastic. They completed their research, highlighted some of the better points, and shared them with parents and classmates. It was a fun way for the kids to learn and memorize some fun facts about people who have changed our world or inspired us in one way or another.