Johnson Body Buddies
Johnson fourth and fifth-graders learn about research and public speaking
Posted on 05/20/2016
Scott phonograph
The fourth annual Body Buddies program was held at Johnson Elementary on Thursday with fourth and fifth-grade students sharing information they had learned about a famous person with their parents and other visitors.  The students selected someone they admire to research and present. Students selected the famous, infamous and some not so well known subjects for their research.  There were entertainers, inventors, sports stars, musicians and others important in the lives of the young learners.  

Markus Alexej Persson, also known as Notch, a video game programmer and designer was important to Joseph Leslie but the parents in attendance were not as familiar with his body of work. Other subjects of students were Thomas Edison, Jesse James, and even one famous athlete who was in attendance for the presentations.  Krige Schabort, a paralympic from South Africa now living in the Cedartown area, was the subject of fifth-grader Lucas Edwards report.  Schabort even allowed Edwards to borrow his 2015 ESPY award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability for his presentation. 

Each student put together a book of facts about their selected person and developed the information into a presentation format that looked like the topic of the report complete with an item for which the individual is well known.  Schabort was depicted in his racing wheelchair, Thomas Edison was holding a lightbulb and Notch was holding a laptop with the Minecraft video game loaded on the screen.

Dylan Scott, a fourth-grader at Johnson, brought an Edison phonograph invented by his subject Thomas Edison for his presentation and demonstrated it to the crowd. "It works on a cylinder of clay," Scott said as he wound the music box to entertain the group. Scott's grandfather collected and restored the phonograph.  Asked what he learned about Edison that he thought was interesting, Scott said, "He did not like to bathe very much."  He also wrote in his presentation that Edison asked his wife to marry him using Morse Code.  

"I was really nervous before getting up to do it," admitted Sara Kate Silvers, a fourth-grader. "After I got started it was not so bad and I really had fun."  Silvers also admitted to the group that she was sweet on the subject of her report.  "My project is about Cody Simpson, A.K.A. my boyfriend," she said. That was one of the goals of the teachers involved in the project. "Doing the presentation helps the children to work on speech and language skills and helps them to be able to present in front of a group," said Jamie Skinner, a teacher at Johnson. "It also gives them experience in research, reading and writing."


Photo: Teacher Jamie Skinner stands with Sara Kate Silvers as she presents her Body Buddies Project on Cody Simpson

Silvers presentation