Students to teach space aliens about U.S. geography

FORT KENT, Maine — Aliens have landed and they need to learn about different parts of the United States, in order to figure out a good place to live. That is premises of a play more than 60 fourth grade students at Fort Kent Elementary School have been working on the past few weeks.
“U.S. Geography”, a play from Bad Wolf Press, is a creative way for students to learn about the United States, according to Kelley Marquis, one of three teachers working with students to put on the production.
“It does it through songs,” Marquis said recently during a break from class. “It’s a fun way for them to learn.”
The teachers have worked with students on creating sets and parents have helped children make the costumes, Marquis said.
Marquis and the other fourth grade teachers, Melissa Jean and Tammy Nadeau, used to perform the plays at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Fox Auditorium, but recently switched to making it an in-house performance at the elementary school.
“It’s nicer to have at ‘home’,” Marquis said.
The space aliens, and the students, will try to learn about landforms and geography, as they look for a place to settle down. Marquis said the activity also gives the students an opportunity to do research, be creative and work on public speaking.
The theme of the play changes from year to year. Last year the production centered on human anatomy and internal organs.
The fourth grade students will present a performance of “U.S. Geography” for fellow students in the morning, Thursday, Feb. 16. A public performance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium that same day.

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