Fourth Grade Hosts Virtual Freedom Museum
Fourth Grade Hosts Virtual Freedom Museum

The 4th grade's Virtual Freedom Museum, "What Does It Mean To Be Free?" opened its doors to 4th grade families on Tuesday, May, 26. Prior to the live debut, a trailer was sent that featured music by the 4th grade student bands. The classrooms joined together on Zoom for the museum's live debut. (Pictured below, Ms. Fitzpatrick's class was proud to show their families all of their hard work.)

Student representatives welcomed visitors to the museum in a video, saying, "Welcome to our 4th grade Virtual Freedom Museum. As a 4th grade class, we explored the social studies theme, What does it mean to be free? through the perspectives and events of the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, and our very own time."

The virtual museum allows visitors to explore an entire year's worth of work carefully compiled into each student's folder, along with musical, dramatic, and artistic collaborations of the 4th grade classrooms on topics such as the American Revolution and the Underground Railroad. The virtual format also allows the students to share their work along with project summaries in video or audio format that explain their work.

"The 21st century skills of cooperation, collaboration, use of technology, experiential learning, and more have been a memorable experience for children and teachers alike," 4th grade teachers wrote in their invitation to families. "It has been wonderful to integrate our curriculum with our specialist teachers," they shared, thanking the collaborating faculty from drama, music, math, technology, art, language arts, and the library for helping to execute the cross-curricular capstone project.

Paintings, cross-stitches, comics, quilts, infographics, dramatic monologues, rap songs, and more showed the impressive breadth and depth of work completed by the talented fourth grade class over the past school year.

Students also compiled the EA Freedom Gazette. "Newspapers play an important role in gaining and maintaining a free society," said Yousuf Gilani in the museum's welcome video. "Under the first amendment, they report facts, ideas, and opinions, without interference from the government or private groups. We know that with those rights come great responsibility as well." Exercising their first amendment rights, budding journalists wrote stories about freedom, including stories about what freedom means in the age of COVID-19.

The virtual museum allowed parents, teachers, and other visitors to leave compliments for the students:

"This is INCREDIBLE! I am learning SO much from every single tab and button I push. I miss you all so much," wrote third grade teacher, Jennifer Tierney '90.

"It is obvious so much hard work went into all the individual pieces and to pulling it all together," said the Bradford family.

"How wonderful it was to experience this awesome Freedom Museum, especially the day after Memorial Day when we as Americans all get a chance to be more mindful of what freedom means to us. It's obvious how much passion, energy, and creativity you all put into this," wrote the Jones Family.

Here are some examples of the students' work, but be sure to check out the museum for more!