‘MSW Travels The World’ Expo
Mountain School at Winhall’s year-long, all-school study theme overarches curriculum for all grades, This year’s theme took an in-depth look at different parts of the world. The school held a World Travel Expo Day on May 20 to culminate the years’ study, transforming classrooms into places around the globe. Entrance to each required a passport and featured a customs agent who checked and stamped each entrant’s document. In the pre-k/kindergarten classroom, visitors took a trip to Africa for a filmed production of ‘Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears,’ a traditional African tale. The characters were created by and acted out by each of the students. Down the hall in the first/second grade classroom, students shared facts about Canada’s sports and wildlife. There were also displays on pilgrim life in the US, Mexico and Mayan masks. The smell of Asian incense lured travelers into the third/fourth grade classroom to learn about and sample tastes, smells and activities from Asia. The Resource Room showcased outer space and the solar system, where students had a taste of astronaut food and even some Tang! Fifth and sixth grade students were hosts for the countries of South America. From facts about the Amazon Rainforests of Columbia, to the Amazon River in Paraguay, to Brazil’s passion for soccer and the economy of Argentina, visual displays and tastes were offered to all travelers who entered the room. Grades seven and eight, presented Europe. Countries such as Ireland, France, Greece and Norway were represented with great interest and flair. Every class had the chance to host visitors, as well as to travel to all the other classroom displays throughout the day. It was incredible to see the creative, thoughtful and fascinating displays that each group created.