Roles were reversed yesterday at George Washington Carver Middle School. Eighth grade students became teachers.
They spent over 100 hours putting together an interactive experience that teaches fifth graders the ins and outs of the solar system.
“They had to learn the information on earth science, look at the fifth-grade objectives, come up with a lesson plan, tell me how they wanted to teach it, and then find a way to put it on display,” said Ms. Chadwick, the eighth science teacher.
“We made galaxies, we made planets, we made constellations. We had to study. We made confetti, we made the room look nice, lunar eclipses. We made the inside of NASA and the inside of a spaceship,” said Charlie Harper, an eighth grader.
The eighth graders said they felt confident that the fifth graders had learned what they taught.
“We tried to teach them all about the solar system and the galaxies. We know they’re going over it during these nine weeks. We’re trying our best to teach them more and more about it,” said Zora Prater, an eighth grader.
“When they actually go over galaxies and solar systems, they will know this and will be probably fluent,” said Harper.
Ms. Chadwick explained that the activity helped her students to demonstrate their mastery of the content.
“If you are knowledgeable enough of the information to teach it, then that means you’re knowledgeable enough to do well on the test with that same information.”
The solar system exhibit will be open for viewing up until Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It will be a great experience. Parents, more children, everybody pretty much can come,” said Prater.