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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:42 am | Updated: 10:35 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton fifth-grader Kobe Weimert stood in front of his social studies diorama surrounded by a group of kindergarten students and spoke about the Battle of Okinawa.

“The Battle of Okinawa was one of the bloodiest battles in history, even by the standards of war,” Weimert told the younger students. The captivated kindergartners listened intently as Weimert described the battle.

“The battle lasted 82 days,” Weimert said. “The U.S. lost 7,373 troops and 31,870 were wounded.”

Weimert and the rest of the fifth-graders at JWP recently participated in an interactive social studies project resembling a science fair. They researched a significant event in history, documented their research, wrote a paper, prepared a presentation and even constructed a diorama of the event.

Zachary Aasen researched the first airplane flight of the Wright Brothers for his project. Aasen said he has been interested in flying ever since his father bought him a toy helicopter. Aasen used Legos to construct his diorama of the Wright Brothers first airplane.

“The most interesting part was learning how they built their plane,” Aasen said.

Fifth-grader Katelyn Losee completed her project on Adolf Hitler. She constructed a timeline of his life and a map of where he lived and died.

“He was actually fun to learn about,” Losee said. “He was very scary, but he was also a very interesting man.”

These types of interactive learning projects are her favorite because the students are “in charge of their learning,” fifth-grade teacher Laura Schut said.

“By allowing them to choose their own topics, the students take ownership over their projects,” Schut said. “Overall, they retain the information better and really connect to these events and people. All of the students did an excellent job and I am really proud of them.”

Reach reporter Marianne Carlson at 837-5451, or follow her on Twitter.com @mariannewcn.

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