November brought us our second intregrated unit of the year: Community Systems. Our big idea is: "Community Systems Change over Time." and our Essential Question is "Does WHERE and WHEN you live affect how you live?" Students began the unit by imagining what life must have been like here thousands of years ago. We learned the the first people to North America may have walked across an icy land bridge near what is Alaska today sometime when the planet was much colder than it is today. These early people settled all around the Continent and were ancestors of Native Americans. We learned that Native Americans divided into many tribes with rich histories. Our class studied the Cherokee people, many of whom lived near here. We are creating a non-fiction book as we study the people and changes to our North American Community System over time. In writing, we are deep into our unit on Informational Writing. Students are learning step by step "how to" writing and creating lab reports to test and experiment with things that move. In math, we are working through our most challenging second grade work, additon and subtraction with regrouping. We wrapped up our second grade play, "Stone Soup" in December, and we are so grateful to Mrs. Lisa Clancy and Mr. Rod Williams for helping us get ready. As we begin the New Year, we continue our Community Systems unit to find out how the United States got started, how it changed and all about important people who made our Community what it is today as we learn from the past to inform our own futures.
Corn Husk Dolls- Learning about the Past
Stone Soup Play-