Social Studies in 3rd Grade

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For the month of December, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Nancy and the third grade class have been studying how different cultures celebrate the season.   First, the class lit a Menorah for Hanukkah.

Since one student lived in Japan for three years and shared her kimono and other trinkets with the class, it was a perfect opportunity to learn about Japan.

These kiddos also traveled to Italy to learn about La Befana.   To celebrate the children made their own pizzas,  cooked them in toaster ovens, and ate them for snack.

I surely don’t remember social studies being so much fun when I was in third grade.

5th Grade & Michelangelo

In Guided Reading the fifth grade class is reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.  Set largely in part at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the story is both a mystery and a celebration of art and beauty.  Mrs. Christy thought it only fitting as part of their study to have the students experience painting in the style of Michelangelo and his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.   They painted their own “ceilings” on the underside of their desks!

Hey, if you know a fifth grader ask them if their arms got tired.

Creatively learning geography

How can you get a seventh or eighth grade student interested in geography?

How about mix it with something they already like?

That is exactly what Ms. Shelley and Ms. Breanne decided to do with their Creative Learning Through Geographic Exploration class.

About a week before school started back in August, each teacher was figuring out their Friday schedule.  For several years Ms. Shelley had wanted to have a bigger chunk of time for P.E. on Fridays and combine some of the grade levels in order to do cooperative learning and team building activities.  At the same time, Ms. Breanne was dreading teaching the same geography class that she had in the past because she just couldn’t get the kids to see the point of learning geography.

The two teachers put their heads together and proposed a plan that would expose the students to geography through hands-on, team building activities.

Ta-dah!  Archery and geography!

And more importantly, 100% participation.