July 29, 2010
All text by Jen Cowart
COOLING OFF: Caleb Radoccia and Sean Conley catch a break with some Del’s Lemonade.
After spending many weeks studying the United States and doing shoebox project presentations featuring the different states, the students in Amy Gearing and Sara Muschiano’s fourth grade classes at Glen Hills spent most of the month of June focusing their research on their own home state of Rhode Island.
Each student was given one of Rhode Island’s businesses, landmarks or locations to research. After getting their facts straight, they had to create a 12x12 card stock “quilt” square showing the information that they had learned about their little piece of Rhode Island, and present it to the class. Some of the topics included Hasbro Toys, Del’s Lemonade, the Rhode Island Flag, the University of Rhode Island and the Block Island Northeast Lighthouse.
The squares were collected and will be made into a giant quilt, which will be on display at the school.
As a culminating activity, the students were treated to a true Rhode Island feast. Sporting Rhode Island Day T-shirts that they decorated themselves, the students munched on clam cakes, red chowder and white chowder (with white being most popular) from Iggy’s Restaurant, followed by pizza from Minerva’s Restaurant. Dessert consisted of doughboys from Iggy’s and a Happy Rhode Island Day cake. To wash it down, five pounds of Del’s Lemonade was brought in.