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Sixty LFDCS 4th grade students, working in teams, presented compelling reasons to visit each of the fifty sates in the U.S. based on research and development of skills in persuasive writing and public presentaton. Putting togehter charismatic persuasive presentations, students wowed the crowd at the 1st annual LFDCS State Fair.

Building upon their foundation geography skills, grade 4 embarked on a research journey this year exploring the fifty states that make up the United States of America. In an effort to strengthen computer-based research skills as outlined in the new Common Core Standards for College and Career Readiness, the students utilized the LFDCS Lower School Computer Lab to conduct inquiries into their assigned states. Students synthesized information and facts they discovered about each state’s geography, history, agriculture and areas of commerce among other trivia tidbits. With this material in hand, teams of students outlined and organized the information and composed expository reports; however, the fun did not stop there.
Turning next to the craft of persuasive writing, students studied tourism commercials and the art of influencing others’ opinions. Judges from the community, members of the school board, staff of YouthBuild-Lawrence and friends of LFDCS interviewed each team, scoring presentations and content knowledge on a rubric. Each judge interviewed eight teams ensuring that all students were evaluated by multiple judges. Scores were tallied, and the finalists were interviewed in the last round to select medalists.
Parents participated in the afternoon presentation and had the opportunity to score student presentations prior to the announcement of the winners by Superintendent Ralph Carrero. Their participation in this project gave them the opportunity to use the school’s rubric assessment system, which helps them learn what the new standards are looking for in student mastery of school work. First place winners presented their State Project before the LFDCS Board of Trustees at the February Board Meeting (view below).

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