Later Elementary News: March 2012

In social studies, we’ve continued our study of the North Atlantic slave trade. We’ve talked a great deal about this Triangle Trade, paying particular attention to the Middle Passage – the section of the trade between Africa and the Americas dealing specifically with the transport of slaves. We’ve had some serious and difficult discussions surrounding this heinous trade, and students have been reading sections from historical books dealing specifically with this trade.

As we look ahead at the coming month, students will begin to shift their focus to life in Colonial America and the lead up to the Revolutionary War. We’ll continue to pay particular attention to slavery throughout this time period, and we’ll attempt to view this time period in American history through the eyes of those who were most oppressed.  Some benchmarks we’ll be paying attention to include: (1) 5 – U2.2.2 Describe the life of enslaved Africans and free Africans in the American colonies (National Geography Standard 5, p. 152). (2) 5 – U2.2.3 Describe how Africans living in North America drew upon their African past (e.g., sense of family, role of oral tradition) and adapted elements of new cultures to develop a distinct African-American culture (National Geography Standard 10, p. 162). (3) 5-U2.3.3 Describe colonial life in America from the perspectives of at least three different groups of people (e.g., wealthy landowners, farmers, merchants, indentured servants, laborers and the poor, women, enslaved people, free Africans, and American Indians) (National Geography Standard 6, p. 154).

Also, be on the lookout for information regarding a Newbery Book Award challenge we’ll be doing in our base classes. 90 Newbery Awards have been granted, dating back to 1922. We’ll be aiming to complete 67 Newbery Award winners or Newbery Honor books by June 4th.  When we meet that goal, we’ll plan some sort of celebration. This challenge will take place in each base class, so each class is responsible for 67 books. We’ll keep you posted as this challenge gets off the ground!

In language arts, students are finishing the novel, Maniac Magee.  As we wrap up we are continuing to discuss myths, tall tales and legends.  Students will present their final projects, a retelling of a story of their choice, the week of March 12.  It’s very exciting seeing them practice their oral presentation skills and planning costumes and prop choices to make their retelling as interesting as possible!

We are also continuing our work with 6 Traits writing.  We have covered ideas and moved into conventions.  For a fun conversation, ask them about the difference between revision and editing!

4/5s are also preparing for our second field trip on Tuesday, March 13.  We will be watching the play, Freedom Train, at the Michigan Theater.  This play centers around the Underground Railroad and some of the work of Harriet Tubman.  After the play, students will be splitting up and dining at several of the restaurants next to the theater.  Feel free to join us if you can get away for lunch!

Comments are closed.

Font Resize