Traveling the world

Lynd Middle School hosts PBIS Culture Fair on Friday

Photo by Jody Isaackson Lynd School sixth-grader Zach Phillips talked to elementary students about the culture and social workings of the country of Egypt during the Lynd PBIS Culture Fair Friday.

LYND — Lynd Middle School students “went to the head of the class” Friday morning as they hosted their elementary counterparts in a Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) Culture Fair.

Students had divided up into teaching/topic groups about a week and a half prior, said teacher Martin Boucek. Each group was allowed to choose a country to research and build presentations upon.

Teaching staff members agreed that having the middle school students teach the lessons made the material more interesting for the elementary students.

Boucek’s group chose France. They found an Eiffel Tower coloring picture to duplicate and had elementary students create mosaics with bits of colored construction paper.

Each class was responsible for making a tri-fold project board with the data regarding the country, such as type of money used, population, style of government, main industry and so forth. They also made some sort of food and facilitated a game in which the elementary students participated. There were also display tables of games, dolls and other trinkets that represented that class’s country.

In the French classroom, the students made crepes with a choice of strawberry or nut butter filling.

In the Japanese classroom, the students made cooked rice and had the elementary students make fish mobiles. The student instructors also wore headbands much like Daniel Larruso did while practicing karate in the trilogy, “The Karate Kid.”

In the Guatemalan classroom, students were lining up to get to play hopscotch.

In Egypt, students swarmed the food table for the sweet and creamy rice pudding with or without raisins.

“We looked up food and found rice pudding,” sixth-grader Katie Andries said as she dished up samples.

Her classmate, Zach Phillips, gave the presentation for the country using the information board his group had prepared.

Jamaica was the fifth classroom, with a spread of fresh fruits to sample, tropical pictures on their project boards and tie-dyed T-shirts on the teachers.

Each room was decorated at the doorway and somewhat inside to represent their cultures, and the students did the teaching.

Every 15 minutes, the event committee would play the theme song, “It’s a Small World” as a cue for the visiting students to switch classrooms.

When the elementary got through with their “world tour,” each of the middle school groups presented their lessons to each other, committee members said.

The committee consisted of adult middle school teaching staff members: Boucek, Cheryl Allen, Roshawn Gile, Jesh Salisbury, Claudia Gonzales and Ralph Hepola.