A competition that is part of a district social studies fair gets kids excited about history the way they are excited about games.
In Rapides Parish, middle school students participated in the fair, placing their research and presentations before judges. “The new social studies standards require students to do much more research and analyze primary and secondary sources,” said fair coordinator Donna Bergeron. “We think a fair is one of the best ways to get kids excited about doing that research. … They not only gain research skills but also learn how to present.”
Students who presented at the fair had won first and second place at the school level. The first and second place winners in the district will compete at the state level in the categories of Louisiana history, anthropology, geography, political science, history, economics, and sociology.