May 18, 2016 – Fourth grade students at McKinley Elementary School turned pictures of the California Missions into three dimensional models which they displayed during California Missions Night.
“I created the model of the San Rafael Arcángel Mission based on a picture,” said student Matilde Calderon.
Students were given a photo of a mission and asked to do research on its history and use their creativity and public speaking skills for a public presentation on their findings. The assignment helped to develop their listening and speaking skills outlined in the Common Core Standards. The project was also an opportunity for the family to work together.
“It is a great bonding activity,” said parent Jae Jelks. “I feel it is really important that parents get involved in these kinds of projects.”
“I have learned the history of the San Fernando Mission and I had good time with my parents building the model,” said student Audrey Melendez.
Students and families were able to view all the projects during California Missions Night, as well as attend the Spring Book Fair and learn more about the school their children attend.