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Pupils learning presidents

January 11, 2012
By JEREMY KINS - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - While the majority of the country is preparing for presidential primaries, Christina Haught's fourth-grade reading class at Wintersville Elementary School on Tuesday learned about presidential history through fun facts and critical thinking.

"This lesson is part of their reading book, and with everything going on politically, it's a great time to have them learn about the presidents and their own responsibility as a citizen," said Haught.

The reading included information about past presidents' job history, hobbies, accomplishments, pets, quotes and legacy in office. Haught encouraged and helped pupils along through the reading as each one read paragraphs from the text.

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Jeremy Kins
HISTORY?LESSON — The fourth-grade reading class of Christina Haught at Wintersville Elementary School on Tuesday learned about presidential history through fun facts and critical thinking. The reading included information about past presidents’ job history, hobbies, accomplishments, pets, quotes and legacy in office, as well as provided a timely connection to current events due to the presidential primaries. Haught said the reading also served to show the pupils that the president of the United States is a person, too, just like them.

"It's teaching the kids a lot of things, and I think one of the most important aspects is that the reading is showing them that a president doesn't have to come from any sort of background, just that they have to care for their country," said Haught.

She added the reading provided the pupils with a number of interesting facts that many might not realize, and served to show them that the president is a person, too, just like them.

"It's part of the normal fourth-grade curriculum, but it's exciting to be teaching it now due to current events. It's encouraging real world thinking in our pupils and helping them make connections that gets them thinking outside of the box," said Haught.

After the reading, pupils were asked to look at three of the main ideas from the text and to focus on them, finding smaller details and discussing what they mean using critical thinking, said Haught.

"Reading is very important, especially at this age. Activities like this help them think in all ways, and the connections they make through critical thinking helps them to realize that what they are learning isn't just another place and time, but a part of their life," said Haught.

(Kins can be contacted at jkins@heraldstaronline.com.)

 
 
 

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