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Roles in living history project help elementary students in Oklahoma learn

Fifth-graders at Schwartz Elementary School in the Midwest City-Del City School District dressed in colonial attire Wednesday to portray America's early heroes.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Modified: February 1, 2013 at 5:14 am •  Published: February 1, 2013

Watkins said the assignment is one that students look forward to all year.

“It's the first question I get when they come into fifth grade. They all want to know when they get to dress up and play their roles,” Watkins said.

Five years ago, a friend suggested Watkins have her students act the roles of historical figures to help them better understand U.S. history.

In an effort to implement the idea, Watkins received a grant from the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation that funded the purchase of the colonial costumes.

The living history museum is now an annual project for fifth-graders at Schwartz Elementary School, and parents, teachers and students serve as audience members.