Every year, Hudson Montessori School puts together a Social Studies Fair to celebrate the yearly school theme and showcase projects completed by the students. This year, the annual Social Studies Fair is virtual!
At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Hudson Montessori School celebrated the kick-off of their theme: Art, Architecture, and Archeology. As the school year ends, the students of Hudson Montessori School have put together detailed projects related to the theme in a Virtual Museum available on the school’s website. The Virtual Museum features artifacts and artwork created by each class in a series of galleries. It’s open to the public and there’s a family trivia game that can be played for a fun learning experience! Here’s what to expect:
Students ages 3 to 5 focused on Polynesia, Pueblo Native Americans, Mayan civilization, Aztec civilization, Ancient Egypt, Vikings, and Celtics. Each gallery includes an in-depth archaeological review of its civilization with key pieces of culture recreated by students, including stone heads, masks, volcanoes, pottery, and architectural recreations.
Just as they would do for the Social Studies Fair, students accompanied their projects with written pieces indicating what they learned through their research and videos of their projects in action.
In order to learn more about archaeology, students also met with an archaeologist in the school’s Maker space and participated in a Dig activity.
Lower Elementary Classes
Students ages 6 to 9 in Lower Elementary focused on Art Nouveau, the Medieval times, and Art Deco eras of art and architecture.
Art Nouveau identifies the ornamental art between 1890 and 1910, including stained glass and jewelry. Students created their own stained glass pieces, created necklaces, and recreated structures with the style of the period.
The Medieval gallery highlights art and architecture from the Middle Ages and the themes of religion and feudalism. First grade students took a look at Medieval castles, second grade students studied art forms, and third grade students studied structures built during this period.
Art Deco encapsulates the art and architecture from 1920 to the present day. Students’ research emphasized the style and construction of architectural structures along with their historical significance.
Upper Elementary Class
Students ages 9 to 12 of the Comet class put together exhibits on the arts and architecture of the Renaissance period. They recreated structures, drew self-portraits, and worked together to create an ABC book of notable pieces and figures of the Renaissance.
Overall, the students put in a lot of time and effort into the galleries of the Virtual Museum. It was great to view everyone’s work! You can check out the Virtual Museum on the Hudson Montessori School website.