We are nearing the end of our first units, with plans to conclude either next week or the week after Thanksgiving Break! Here's an overview of what each grade's studying and what's coming up next.
2nd Grade - Pilgrims' Challenge
The remaining Pilgrims have survived their first winter in the New World, largely in part to the help given by the Wampanoags. This week, we completed a Compare Contrast lesson about the similarities and differences in the lifestyles of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags.
Next week, we'll conclude the unit as we discuss our Essential Question: How did life change when the Pilgrims made friends with the Wampanoag Indians? Students will also complete their last survival challenge with a New World foods taste test, which is always fun for students! We'll conclude the unit by learning about the first Thanksgiving feast, just in time for students to share their knowledge with friends and family over the upcoming holiday!
The Speedbolt's Village (Table #1)
The Sunflower's Village (Table #2)
The KEC's Village (Table #4)
The Hershey Bear's Village (Table #5)
3rd Grade - Ancient Civilizations
We concluded our study of Ancient Egypt as students solved a hieroglyphic Mystery Lesson and created their own Shrinky Dink cartouche. A cartouche is a decorative name plate and was usually attached to the mummy's sarcophagus (coffin) for identification. We then traveled to Ancient India to evaluate some potential theories leading to the disappearance of the Indus River Valley civilization. Students really enjoyed supporting and refuting the theories of mysterious disappearance at Mohenjo-Daro with this Decision Making lesson.
Next week we'll explore Ancient Greece as students compare and contrast the heavily militarist city-state, Sparta, with Athens.
4th Grade - Qualities of Leadership
There was no 4th grade TAG this Tuesday due to Election Day. Last week students examined the leadership qualities of Robert E. Lee and answered the Essential Question: How do leaders make thoughtful decisions? We analyzed primary source documents and evaluated the decisions made by General Lee which lead to the surrender of the South and the end of the Civil War.
Next week in TAG, students will learn about a sports legend and leader: Jackie Robinson.
5th Grade - Epidemic
Students successfully saved the city of Philadelphia in 1793 from the Yellow Fever epidemic by traveling back in time as a team of doctors, historians, and entomologists with modern aid for the citizens in the form of bug spray with DEET and vaccines. As all teams realized, prevention and protection is the way to save the city!
Our last unit activity for Epidemic is to examine the life and actions of Mary Mallon, or Typhoid Mary. Students debated whether Typhoid Mary, the Irish immigrant cook who was a carrier of Typhoid, was a villain or a victim. Students answered the Essential Questions: How do government organizations and individual citizens protect themselves from public health disasters? and How does the Bill of Rights offer personal protections for individuals and the common good? Next week we'll compare and contrast the situations and events surrounding Typhoid Mary and Tuberculosis Andrew.
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary