I teach at a very small private school, West Memphis Christian, in West Memphis, Arkansas. In September I told my class of seven, about getting a grant from your organization that would allow the purchase of materials to do a combination reading, writing, and art project. I told them to pick a famous American who had appeared on an American postage stamp. They would then do research on the person they picked. The students then would design a story board that would have six to seven sections.
The first would be would be the title section, which would include pictures of the stamp or stamps the subject of the biography would be about along with the title. The second section would be an introduction of the person and what areas of his life would be covered. The third section dealt with the person's birthplace and birthday, names of his/her parents, and siblings. Section four would cover the subject's education, as well as what important events happened in their lives as they grew up. This section of the story would also tell who their spouse and children would be and also what we knew about them. Section five would tell what things they did that made them become well known and what contributions they would make in American history. The final section would Include awards they had won as well as their final years of life, including when and where they passed away and are buried.
The MSCS grant was used to purchase the biographies the children read as well as an historical fiction book. They wrote a paper that compared and contrasted the biography and fiction book of their subject.
My thanks to the Memphis Stamp Collectors Society for providing funding to purchase the books. These sources will be used again for many years to come. You have made a difference.
The second award went to Ms. Sarah Hubbard of the Elmore Park Middle School in Bartlett, TN. The 6th grade project is entitled, "The Stamp of History: Researching the Lasting GRAPES of Ancient Civilizations". EPMS sixth grade students participated in a cross-curricular project between the Library Media Center, Instructional Technology and sixth grade Social Studies departments. They applied their knowledge of research skills and technology to create a digital postcard based on an ancient civilization. Foreign stamps were used as the springboard to this project. Students were first instructed in the basics of identifying stamps before picking a stamp that they researched and correlated to one of the ancient civilizations they learned through their Social Studies class this year. They then created a digital postcard based on one of their stamps, complete with writing in their postcard the GRAPES (Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy and Social Structure) of the country/ ancient civilization tied to their stamp. The postcard was created as a movie file using advanced Keynote features and the green screen, so students could place themselves into their ancient civilization.
EPMS students demonstrate their research skills to identify foreign stamps.
Memphis Stamp Collectors Society
Students turned their stamps into a bookmark with current GRAPES of their stamp’s country of origin..
A student has fun using the stamp identification tools.
Students used advanced green screen and Keynote features to create a digital postcard.
MSCS approved two, fall semester 2018, $150.00, grant application awards, with the opportunity to re-apply for the spring 2019 semester.
The first went to Mr. Doug Wyatt of the West Memphis Christian Academy for his 5th Grade class project, "We the Readers". We are pleased to share some of the results with you.