TAG classes will be cancelled September 19 - September 30 for Fall TAG testing. Thank you for your patience!
Our Week in TAG
On Monday, 3rd graders presented their research findings and Blooms' Taxonomy products for the ancient civilization they studied. I was very impressed with the quality of the products as well as the presentation skills of the students! Following presentations, students participated in a Decision Making lesson to examine four very well-known famous places and decide which one deserved their attention and preservation efforts. The four famous ancient places students evaluated were the Parthenon, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum, and the Great Wall of China. We'll continue our lesson next time in TAG as students work to defend their answer to the Essential Question: "Which ancient famous place should be saved and why?"
On Tuesday, 4th graders continued studying Abraham Lincoln. We read some great literature and learned some fascinating facts about our 16th president, like why he decided to grow a beard. We then analyzed many of Lincoln's famous quotes as well as some political cartoons. Our last activity, which we'll complete next time in TAG was to create a choice product featuring a an Abraham Lincoln collage and quote analysis or creating a political cartoon featuring President Lincoln reflecting on our nation during his presidency. We ended our day with Abraham Lincoln's favorite dessert - apple pies!
On Wednesday, 2nd graders completed a Compare Contrast lesson on the similarities and differences between Pilgrim houses and Wampanoag houses, or wigwams. Students loved learning more about the Pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower, and found it especially amusing that the sailors couldn't stand the Pilgrims, often calling them "glib glabbety puke stockings" because of their constant singing and seasickness! Next time in TAG, students will continue answering the Essential Question: "How were Pilgrim and Wampanoag homes similar and different?" and "How would you build your house in the New World if you were a Pilgrim in 1620?" Students will also be planning and building their own Pilgrim village and houses. Parents, please look for an email soon about volunteer opportunities and supply requests. Thank you to the students who remembered their Vitamin C snack! We had very low cases of scurvy this week. Here are some motivating "scurvy selfies" so students will remember their Vitamin C snacks for TAG!
On Thursday and Friday, 5th graders researched Yellow Fever to gain background knowledge and the historical context of our class novel, Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Fifth graders answered the Essential Questions: "Where did Yellow Fever originate?" and "How did the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 impact the city of Philadelphia?" Students participated in a Carousel Photo Reflection and then completed a webquest analyzing primary source documents like journal entries, pamphlets, maps, and portraits from the city of Philadelphia in the 1790s. After completing the webquest, students began working on a Yellow Fever Cafe menu with a choice of activities for students to complete.