Ben Franklin Visits the 5th Graders
4/30/2012 6:28 PM
The PTO's Lower school enrichment committee was delighted to bring Ben Franklin to
the 5th graders on April 13th. In two performances, actor Joe Kidawski from the group
Historical Perspectives for Children portrayed Ben Franklin from childhood through old
age. Ben Franklin's visit coincided perfectly with the study of the Revolution.
To prepare for the event, students read articles and shared research on Ben
Franklin's life. Many students did activities the day before Ben's arrival in which they
looked at the multi-faceted Franklin:
• Franklin the Inventor
• Franklin the Printer
• Franklin the Civic Minded Citizen
• Franklin the American in Paris
• Franklin the Founding Father
The actor was convincing, energetic, and knowledgeable about all things Franklin!
He provided some wonderful detail through entertaining anecdotes about Franklin.
His transformation from boy to young man to old man was impressive, and his use of simple props and costumes were effective.