Category Archives: social studies

Election Day

We know you have been on pins and needles all day, so we will end your suspense! Since last Tuesday our students have been campaigning, creating and hanging signs, and meeting with the candidates. Today, Primary and Lower Elementary cast … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, social studies

Wheel of Life: Food Chain of the Temperate Forest

As Lower Elementary continues their study of Biomes, they’re taking a closer look at the each of the six components that make up a biome. They’re currently exploring energy, which means understanding its importance and observing how it is exchanged … Continue reading

Posted in art, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, peace, science, social studies

Chile

Social Studies is moving south! This week our study of the world moved to South America. Our first country is Chile, a long, skinny country on the west coast. Chile is unique because it is so long. At the top … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, social studies, Uncategorized

1800s Day!

A few weeks ago the Primary and Lower Elementary classes went back in time. We took a trip back to the early 1800s, a time without most of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Throughout the day, students have a … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, practical life, social studies

Canada

We continue our exploration of North America, with a journey north to Canada! We discussed the many ways Canada is the same and different when compared to the United States. We talked about the Canada Goose and learned about the … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, social studies

Learning About the Myaamia Language

Jarrid Baldwin, son of Darryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, stopped by our classroom today to speak to the students about the Myaamia language and the role oral tradition played in their culture. We will be discussing … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, language arts, Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Primary Skypes with Lithuania

Students in Primary (and some from Lower Elementary) recently had a chance to Skype with a classmate that has spent the last year in Lithuania. They got to hear about his school, playing soccer, different kinds of food, and see his apartment. … Continue reading

Posted in community, Primary, social studies

Primary Studies Ghana

Primary recently continued their exploration of Africa by shifting their focus to Ghana. Although it is a small country, about twice the size of Ohio, it has many unique characteristics. It is where the well-known kente cloth originated, woven on looms … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, social studies

Primary studies South Africa

In Primary, we began our exploration of Africa, with our first country being South Africa. We discussed environment, climate, wildlife, music, art, currency, and traditions. We don’t delve into issues of apartheid at this age, but we do say that … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, social studies

The Upper Unit Learns about the Ancient Maya

The Upper Unit is wrapping up its tour of the ancient world in early Mesoamerica. We have spent the last few weeks learning about the Maya. The students had the opportunity to learn about Mayan hieroglyphs and created “glyph blocks” … Continue reading

Posted in social studies, upper unit