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4th grade class presents feudalism play and National Parks presentation

Students in Ms. Lyon’s 4th grade history class have been studying the medieval feudal system utilized in Europe and Japan, in addition to learning about the national parks in science and geography class. On Wednesday, the class performed a play for parents and classmates in which each student portrayed a key member of feudal society: peasants, knights, nobles, and monarchs.
“Feudalism,” according to Ms. Lyons, “was a system used in medieval Europe and Japan in which landowners allowed vassals to use and inhabit property in exchange for food, taxes, and/or military service.”

After the play, students presented their national park projects. The 4th graders have been introduced to a new national park each month in science and geography class. Each student chose their own national park to demonstrate an understanding of the national park system. Additionally, they had to choose two topics from science class to explore through the lens of their chosen national park including, ecosystems, birds, or meteorology.
 
Ms. Lyons said, “Students learned how each member of feudal society played a role, just as each plant, animal, and rock in a national park contributes to the health of the ecosystem. They did such a great job!”
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