"What does early photography teach us about Vancouver?"
"What can we learn from victory gardens?"
"What might Chinatown's future look like based on major trends?"
All these critical questions were addressed by MACC students from Tecumseh, Osler and Kerrisdale elementary schools at the recent Heritage Fair held at Tecumseh Elementary.
Last month, Grade 4/5 and Grade 6/7 students from the MACC Program showcased their individual Canadian history projects in the gymnasium of Tecumseh.
"This gifted program benefits our students through developing their critical and creative thinking abilities with project-based learning modules," says Amanda Cantelon, a MACC teacher at Tecumseh.
In the second term of the program, MACC students built their projects around critical questions related to Canadian heritage. Those questions required them to conduct in-depth research. For two months MACC students busily reasearched their topics and developed their heritage fair presentations. They constructed informative exhibition boards of their chosen topics, which included mini-site models, postcards, posters, letters, maps and other innovative props.
"The most enjoyable part of the project for me was that I was able to make my own products, especially the zoetrope," says Millie Sharman, a Grade 4 Osler student. "I got to learn how things were animated and what happened back then."
In the final stage of the project, students presented their work to other students, teachers and parents. MACC teachers say everyone was impressed by the students' thorough thinking, creative and vivid boards, and confident presentation skills.
"Although the project is challenging, it's also beneficial," says Claire Huang, a Grade 5 Tecumseh student. "I was able to autonomously learn and improve my time management skills and productivity, because we had to plan and finish the whole project in a short amount of time by ourselves."
Cantelon says the next celebration of learning will be held in the third term at the Museum of Vancouver on June 11 this year.
The district-wide Multi-Age Cluster Classroom (MACC) program enables highly gifted elementary students to challenge themselves academically and social-emotionally in the form of intellectual peer groups and conceptually advanced curriculums. For more information, please contact the district's gifted education mentor teacher, Marielle Wiesinger.
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