Curriculum Link to 21st Century Skills
Ancient History Cyber Journalist
3rd Grade Geography/Mapping
Mapping Communities by Melanie Waldron (available on NC Wiseowl ebook format)
Mapping Our World by Sandy Phan (available on NC Wiseowl ebook format)
Mapping the Land and Weather by Melanie Waldron (available on NC Wiseowl ebook format)
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The ABC Book of American Homes by Michael Shoulders
Maps! Maps! Maps! by Kelly Boswell
Wow! America by Robert Neubecker
Show Me the Continents: My First Encyclopedia by Pamela Dell
Global Awareness/Critical Thinking Skills
Students will use the self-made worksheet, Chrome, and Google maps.
The students have already learned about types of maps, how to use a compass rose, and how a compass works. Then they use Google Maps by entering their hometown, clicking on the map of the town/city to the left and finding where I-77 is closest to them. From there, they will travel south, down I-77 to find out where it starts and record the name of the city. Then they will take a trip north on I-77 to find where it ends and record the city. I give them the hint that it ends near a great lake so that if they do not see the landmark, they know they are incorrect. They can explore each of these cities with webcams set up around the city in various famous places by simply clicking on the city name in Google Maps.
Secondly, they start again find I-40 closest to them (for us it is in Winston Salem) and they follow it east to the end of the road. This is where it starts. Their next task is to travel west to the end of I-40 and record the name of the city (in this case, I let them either use the name of the city or the largest one next to it which is Los Angeles).
This activity lets them use maps in a way that an adult would on a road trip. They will learn to follow the roads, find landmarks, use the zoom feature, read city names, and they also figure out that it takes less time if they are not zoomed in since they can view more of the map. They love interacting with the maps, helping their neighbors problem-solve, solving the mystery, and exploring new cities!
In this activity, they start with the Continents Map Activity (attached below). They should be in partners. I tape the map together and they cut out the Natural and Man-Made "Wonders" from all over the world. They then type in the name of the "wonder" and click on the Google Map to see where it is. With their partner, they will match the location on Google Maps to the same location marked on their tangible map. They will glue each one of the Wonder's names to the correct location after looking it up.
Then we will take each continent individually to research, record answers each of the 3 questions (above), and complete the mini-project partnered to the continent.
Bkendspace on European Landmarks https://www.tes.com/lessons/sOuENbvP211ShQ/european-landmarks
Christmas Around the Year (Nov-Dec) collaboration book project to be put in folders too-
Art - Holiday cards
US Landmarks - done by regions; miniprojects in each region; to answer the questions per region on choice landmark STEAM possibly create landmark in Makerspace
I also use a site called Newsela for global awareness, critical thinking, and communication skills. It’s a site that allows students to choose a type of news article (sports, political, financial etc), read it on their level, and it is always on a current event. The students then answer the following SmartBoard-displayed questions in a google document and send it to me, which I send them a response either about the article or about their writing (sometimes both).
Why is it important to the world?
Why tell a friend about this?
2nd grade Community and Government Services (See attached files)
Field Trip to town police station, library, courthouse, bank, local park
Making, Saving, Spending Money Unit:
A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams Lesson
Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst Lesson
Making Cents by Elizabeth Keeler Robinson BrainPop Counting Coins List ways you would make money. List what you would spend it on.
Follow the Money by Loreen Leedy Chart the needs and wants bought with the George Washington quarter. Identify each as a spend, save, or donate.
What does a local government do?
Use websites and images to describe each section of government services and create a powerpoint from their notes on each section
Book: Kids Guide to Local Government by Heinemann Library
Map of North Carolina State Parks http://www.ncparks.gov/sites/default/files/ncparks/37/naturally-wonderful-2015.pdf
Search Parks for fact sheets on each one http://www.ncparks.gov/node/21