Fourth-graders at Parkway Elementary School became immersed in a mystery story experience lead by Submerge Storytelling.
According to its website, Submerge Storytelling is an educational program that transforms a classroom into the setting of a story, motivating students to draw conclusions about the characters, plot and themes.
Using a twin-sized bed, desks, Legos, wall decorations and sports memorabilia, Parkway’s Literacy Center was transformed into the bedroom of 12-year-old named Trevor Cool, who breaks codes for the CIA. The students examined evidence and applied their literacy and critical thinking skills to become detectives in search of Trevor, who is being chased by the notorious CIA double agent, Cobra.
Over the course of a week, the fourth-graders learned how to make connections and avoid jumping to conclusions. They also discussed the importance of detailed evidence, took part in an activity that focused on the sequence of events, created a timeline out of the story’s illustrations, and worked together to figure out the correct plot line.
Parkway extends a special thank you to its PTA for providing its students with this amazing opportunity in which students developed their problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork abilities.