5th Grade Social Studies — Civil War

Fifth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School completed their studies of the Civil War on April 26th but students didn’t want the unit to end.

Jay Ward, fifth grade teacher, developed a multi-layered social studies simulation that required students to imagine they were a soldier who just volunteered for the Civil War. The class was divided into Union and Confederate soldiers and grouped to represent different state infantries.

“Once students were assigned their regiments, they had to research what battle flags looked like and replicate one for their regiment flag,” said Ward.   “Students then marched around campus with their battle flags and we recreated the Battle of Oak Grove.”

To simulate the Battle of Oak Grove, students rolled dice to determine if they fired their weapons, were injured or deserted. They would roll again and use an injury table created for the simulation to determine what injuries they sustained, if they were healed, died, received amputations or were sent home due to injuries.

Recreating the battle took several class days.  Every day after the simulation, the students had to write letters home as a soldier and explain circumstances, outcomes and daily struggles they faced on the front lines of the Civil War.

“My students were so engaged in this learning process and figuring out exactly what it was like to be part of the Civil War,” said Ward.  “This project really allowed us to explore the subject on a deep level.”

4th Grade Learns to Clog as Part of Social Studies Focus on North Carolina

Students in fourth grade across the state have a special emphasis on North Carolina history as part of their social studies curriculum. This year our Fourth Graders learned to clog as part of this emphasis.

Clogging is an American dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains and now enjoys widespread popularity throughout the United States and around the world.

The students performed a clogging dance to the song “Cotton Eyed Joe” at the annual talent show on April 4th. They did a fantastic job too!

Entrepreneurship in 3rd Grade

As part of a unit of study on entrepreneurs, third grade students were tasked with building a business and creating a business plan.

They borrowed “money” from “the bank” to start up their business and had to buy materials from “the store.”

They had to figure out what their prices would be in order to make the most profit.

Their teacher, Ms. Gina, said it was amazing to see the students in action.  Most were very conscientious about their start-up costs and tried to find ways they could not spend as much money up front by thinking of what they could make that didn’t have a large up-front cost, but that would sell well for a good price.

At the end of the day, they had to see how much money they earned by subtracting start-up costs from profit.

Ms. Gina said that students really enjoyed this project and getting a feel for what it might be like to be an entrepreneur some day.

The class also studied famous entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs from our state, and local entrepreneurs.  Ms. Cindy form our school came in and talked to the class about her small business as part of the kick-off for this unit.

Innovation Tech Camp — June 10 – 13, 2019 — at TLC!

June will be here before you know it.  Consider this A W E S O M E camp for your student. Open to all whether a TLC student or not.

Call our front office at 835-7240 for more information or go to HERE  to register.

Students Study Science & Social Studies in One Project

Third grade students at The Learning Center Charter School completed a cross curricular study of the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush in March. Their studies included standards in both social studies and science.

Students learned about the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush as part of their social studies curriculum. They learned about specific land forms and water bodies as part of their science curriculum. Their teachers teamed together to create a hands-on project that blended the two together beautifully.

Gina Stafford teaches social studies to the class while Emily Willey teaches science. Working as a team, the two teachers asked the students to create 3D models that included land forms and bodies of water they studied in science with the real life route that people took on the Oregon Trail during the time of westward expansion.

Students used salt dough and cardboard to create their landforms following the guidelines for both science and social studies.

“It’s one thing to study a subject and a whole other thing to relate it to particular events in history,” said Stafford. “Students were surprised to learn about the physical obstacles people faced while traveling west in the search for gold.”

 

1st Grade STEM — Coral Reef Dioramas

First grade students made coral reef dioramas as the culmination of their coral reef unit in Science where they learned about the unique ecosystem known as the “rainforest of the sea”.  Students had corals, amenome, urchins, fish, sharks, seashells and other items to create their own mini-worlds.

1st Grade STEM — Bears!

First grade teacher, Ms. Katie Beaver, and elementary science teacher, Ms. Emily collaborated on a huge ecosystem unit that covered deciduous forests, rainforests, and coral reefs.  In addition to covering an entire wall with trees to represent deciduous trees found in each season, students also were given a STEM activity where they created bear caves for the bears to hibernate in using nothing but marshmallows and toothpicks to engineer their designs.
Each student was given 10 marshmallows and 15 toothpicks. The students were instructed to use these materials to build a bear cave (shelter). The shelter needed to fit a paper bear that was about  4 inches wide and 3 inches tall.

Additionally, students delved further into their studies by designing and constructing underground burrows by connecting small paper bags to model beneath the ground shelters of animals in the deciduous forest.

1st Grade — All About Birds

First grade students recently spent time studying birds across the curriculum. Their bird STEM project incorporated reading, math, writing and a hands-on art project.

The students studied and gathered information about six different types of birds — Penguins, Eastern Blue Birds, Birds of Paradise, Hummingbirds, Golden  Finches, and Blue Jays. They learned how to draw and label diagrams with specific bird body parts/ field marks, create graphic organizers of bird facts, use bullets to organize and record data, write detailed sentences of bird facts, and use a ruler to measure the actual height of each bird.

To gather this information, the class read non-fiction books and read online articles about each of the six birds during Guided Reading.

The students also made suet feeders out of peanut butter, seeds, and dried corn.  Student especially liked gathering sticks from The Outdoor Learning Center to serve as a perch for birds at their feeders.

Speaking of School Maker Faire . . .

The last post was a recap of this year’s awesome School Maker Faire that we hosted on March 14th. Did you know that in the weeks and months leading up to the School Maker Faire our students eagerly work on all sorts of projects that they plan to display at the Faire?

From the very first day of school, teachers and staff remind students of all the ways that they can participate in our annual School Maker Faire. Whether it be with the costume they craft for our Halloween Monster Makers event to a project that sparked their imagination as part of their course work, students are encouraged to always be looking forward to School Maker Faire.

These photos are all of the second grade students busily working on their patriotic themed School Maker Faire projects in the weeks leading up to the Faire.  Hopefully while you were on campus you swung by the classroom and checked them out.