“The Andes Mountains are the longest mountain range in the world,” the girl in the straw hat tells a corridor full of students. “It stretches 4,400 miles from Chile to Venezuela.”
She nods toward her classmate, also wearing a straw hat and dressed like an Argentinian gaucho. “Aconcagua in Argentina is the highest mountain in South America at 22,837 feet,” he adds.
These Council Traditional School students were sharing what they’d learned in research projects about the Earth’s continents and the countries and cultures represented in each on Friday as part of Global Day. It’s a project the school undertakes every two years, stretching back nearly three decades.
Each grade in the K-5 magnet school is assigned a continent, and each class researches a different country or aspect of that continent. The hallways are decorated, and each grade level is assigned a time during the day to present what they’ve learned to other students, with other classes walking through the halls, stopping at each classroom to hear the presentations.
Council Principal Hattie Alexander said the project fits well with the school’s International Baccalaureate mission. Not only do the students learn a lot about their prescribed country or continent through their research, but they learn how to organize that information and present it verbally.
“So it’s a win-win for everyone,” she said. “Then when they move from country to country, hopefully they pick up information from other continents.”