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WPE celebrates John Cabot Day
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Students in Nicole Carter’s fourth-grade class display a cake for “John Cabot Day.” The students are, from left: Shane Fleck, Tridib Basu, Gregory Oxendine, Mekhiyah Bateman, Tierra Stevens, Da’Cresha Williford, Terrance Lee and Antonio Deconcini. - photo by Photo provided.
Students in Nicole Carter’s fourth-grade class at Waldo Pafford Elementary celebrated John Cabot Day after a class election determined he was the greatest European explorer to come to North America.
Each student was assigned an explorer to research from the Georgia Performance Standard. They wrote persuasive essays to convince other fourth-graders that their explorer was the best European explorer to come to North America.
With the assistance of media specialist Roxanne Lee, students used various online resources and books to find information about their explorers. The exercise also helped students master social studies in accordance with the Georgia Performance Standard.
Carter’s class used campaign signs, costumes, maps, commercials, raps and skits to convince the voters that their explorers — not Christopher Columbus — deserved their own holiday. Once the votes were tallied, all fourth-grade students and teachers attended a celebration hosted by Mrs. Lee and Ms. Carter in the media center. John Cabot, the winner, and his crew were at the party to talk to the students about their adventures in the late 1490s.
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