Fourth-grade students at Entheos Academy in Kearns, Utah studied Utah history. Their case study focused on pioneers coming to Utah. Students each wrote a historical fiction, first-person narrative about something that might have happened to the pioneers as they traveled west across the plains.
Students also drew a picture of a landmark or experience that pioneers would have encountered. The illustrations were brought to life by using colored chalk pastels and both the illustrations and accompanying paragraphs were used to create calendars. The calendars were made available for purchase to both parents and the wider school community.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- The structure of the calendar allows for individual accountability within a group product
- Demonstrates the use of a common template for each entry (which adds consistency), while retaining students’ unique contributions
- Models a project based on local history that could be replicated at different grade levels in different locations