Sussex Avenue students get creative for Black History Month

Students with Black History Month presentations, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Students with Black History Month presentations, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
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By Leslye Folmar-Harris

During Black History Month, students at the Sussex Avenue School presented America’s past and reminded all in attendance how bright the future really is.

Thirty students from the 3rd-, 4th- and 5th grade presented their Black History Month Research projects to a group of outside judges.

These students self-selected into this independent project. For four weeks, they researched an African American figure chosen from a list they were given.

Although optional and in addition to their classwork, students worked hard to deliver outstanding presentations.

Slideshow photos by Leslye Folmar-Harris:

Students with Black History Month presentations, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Student with her Black History Month presentation, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Student project at Black History Month presentation, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Students and teachers with projects at Black History Month presentation, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Students at Black History Month presentation, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Students with Black History Month presentations, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
Faculty at Black History Month presentation, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Sussex Avenue School. Photo courtesy of Leslye Folmar-Harris
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Google Slideshows, book reports, posters and poems were among the ways students chose to demonstrate their learning, which made their hard work so memorable and meaningful.

Students were given a set of criteria to be included in the final project, which was aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. They had the freedom to showcase their work as they saw fit — an example of 21st Century learning.

Judges swarmed the library, equipped with clipboards, grading rubrics and pens. They assessed projects based on previously set criteria.

Many expressed how thorough the research was, and how impressed they were with student engagement and understanding of how to appropriately incorporate technology. They said they are eager to come back next year.

Leslye Folmar-Harris teaches 5th graders at the Sussex Avenue School, and created this Black History Month project.

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