We are busy studying the Civil War here in 5th grade. We learned about causes of the war, the first battles, and now are working our way through the middle and end of the war. We have studied about Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. Kylie had shared with the class about her grandfather's special collection of Civil War artifacts. He generously allowed her mom and herself to come in, take photos of some items, and tell Kylie a short description of each. She prepared her own presentation, sharing each photo and details of it with the class. Kylie and her mom also prepared "hardtack" for the class to taste - a staple of soldiers during wartime. We had mixed reactions of the taste, but the students enjoyed it and even asked for the recipe to try to make it themselves!
Kylie's Grandfather was even so generous to send in an authentic bullet for the students to check out and an additional take-home gift. Kylie's Great-Grandfather came up with a concept for a picture of Lincoln that had been painted in 1959 by an English painter named William Nuttall. He went so far as to travel to Washington, D.C. to have a copyright issued so no one else could steal his idea. Post cards were made with the portrait on them for distribution in 1963 at the 100 year celebration after the Civil War. Kylie's grandfather has the original painting and sent in a post card for each student in the class to keep. (See the photo of this painting below, along with a few artifact photos.)
BIG THANKS to Kylie, her mom, and her Grandfather Mr. Cullison for their generous donation of time sharing this great information, tasty hardtack snacks, and of course the postcards! Kylie did a FANTASTIC job and our class loved her presentation!
Welcome to Fifth Grade!
My name is Mrs. Lesley Maurer and I am the 5th grade teacher. This is my 13th year teaching in Catholic schools and my 11th year here at SJS.
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Monday - Music
Tuesday - Computer & Spanish
Thursday - Gym & Guidance
Friday - Art