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Clay City class learns about . . .the Nifty Fifty

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Josh Hummel travels along the Oregon Trail during Clay City Elementary's fifth grade presentation of "Nifty Fifty" states. The audience learned facts and trivia from Joanie Mitchell's class when each student represented their favorite state.

Joanie Mitchell's fifth grade class at Clay City Elementary sang, "Fifty nifty United States, from 13 original colonies..." as part of their unit about state capitals.

Did you know the Raggedy Ann doll originated in Indiana? Which state's capital was burned down during the Civil War? Eight of our presidents came from which state? What state would you visit to see the Space Needle? Which state's flag was designed by a 13-year old orphan boy?

You would be able to easily answer these questions if you were in Mitchell's class. Students learned over 200 interesting fun facts about people, landmarks and other fun facts regarding states and capitals.

Each student chose one of their favorite states related their learning to parents and the student body by creating a power point presentation. Jennifer Snoddy, Clay Community Schools software specialist, was a major contributor to help the class complete and present the power point show to the audience. In addition, they painted props in art class, practiced an energizing version of the "Nifty Fifty" song during music class and dressed in appropriated outfits to symbolize their individual state.

After the presentation, parents were invited to the classroom where USA cookies and punch were served. Students also got a chance to show off their knowledge of the states when they played their favorite game, Around the World.

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