First-graders at Deasy School are taking part in a research project with their classroom teachers and STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna.
The focus of the student’s research is community helpers, which ties into the school’s social studies curriculum. Each student was tasked with selecting a community helper to research, including firefighters, doctors, police officers, construction workers, veterinarians, farmers, dentists and astronauts.
To assist students with their research, the teachers orchestrated meetings with professionals in those specific fields for students to interview. The first-graders came up with questions to ask their interview subjects prior to the meeting and were eager to have those questions answered when the professionals arrived.
The students’ questions focused on a multitude of topics, including the education needed to secure a specific career and the responsibilities that they perform in their professions.