In class, I have been working on my Constitution Project. My topic is Abigail Adams. I am going to design something on her. My plan is to design a model of her desk. I want to make the desktop be 23 in by 16 and a half in and want the leg to be 18 in long. I am going to use parchment paper to write a pretend letter from Abigail to John, using Abigail’s own words. I am going to make a inkpot out of Model Magic and put a quill in it. I am then going to make a cardboard candleholder and put a candle in it. I know from looking at pictures that this is what she would have had on her writing desk. So far, I have done research, researching her life in general, especially her life with John Adams. I also looked at a picture of a writing desk in her house. From that research I made a design. The first design I made was a model of the White House with a writing room, but then I realized that the White House didn’t have a writing room. So, I designed a model of the home they had the before the White House, again with a writing room, but I changed my design again because I realized that the whole house would only have one room about the topic I wanted to focus on about Abigail Adams. So instead, I decided to do just the writing desk. I am very happy with my design and hope to start building soon.
*Update on my project – instead of cardboard I am going to use a plastic candle holder. I am also going to make a drawer and put a 2 page book of pretend letters. They are going to be written to John Adams.
Philadelphia, PA, November 9th, 2018. It started out as a rainy morning for the Heathcote Elementary 5th graders. When they arrived they went to the National Constitution Center. There, the 5th graders saw four main exhibits. The main exhibit, the shows “Living News”, “Freedom Rising” and a special Alexander Hamilton exhibit.
At the Alexander Hamilton exhibit 5th graders saw incredibly well preserved artifacts, such as Alexander Hamilton’s papers, his duel gun and even a lock of his hair! At the main exhibit the 5th graders got a chance to interact in activities such as discovering the qualities people needed to be able to vote in the 1800’s. The two shows were a great learning experience. “Living News” was interactive. The students got to put in their own opinions. The second show “Freedom Rising” wasn’t interactive, but 5th grader Julia says, “I thought that it was really cool. I learned a lot from it and I liked the pictures on the screen.”
5th grader Alba says, “I thought that the National Constitution Center was very enjoyable. I had a great experience.” In the reporter’s opinion the 5th graders had a very fun, enjoyable experience. In conclusion, 5th grader Kate says, I had so much fun going to Philly! It was a great learning experience.”
On November 9th, 2018 we will be going to Philadelphia. Our day starts early in the morning. We are required to get to school at 5:50 am. The bus ride takes about 2 hours. Our first stop is the National Constitution Center. We will be watching two theatrical performances and touring the building. In the afternoon we will take a tour of Independence Hall and the historical district of Philadelphia. Finally at 3:00 pm we will start heading back to school.
I am sure that we will have the best time and that no one will ever forget this memorable trip to Philadelphia!