Category Archives: social studies

North America, the United States, and Ohio

This week we began our exploration of the continents. This journey will take us well into spring as we discuss each continent and several countries within it. We began our discussion by talking about the seven continents and identifying the … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, social studies

Monarch Butterflies

Several classrooms have been raising monarch butterflies from eggs found in our community. Following the life cycle is a fantastic way to kick off the new school year! Once a butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, we tag it as part … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, science, social studies

Population Density

This semester the Upper Unit students are learning about the physical and cultural geography of Asia. We began with a look at the differences in land mass, total population, and population density between North America and Asia. Using the data … Continue reading

Posted in Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Science and Social Studies in a mixed grade classroom

Since McGuffey has mixed-age classes, we often get asked how we teach subjects to a wide range of ages and abilities. In subjects such as language and math, children have an individualized curriculum. However, in science and social studies, we … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, science, social studies

Chinese Opera

McGuffey students recently attended a performance of Jing-Ju Opera presented by the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts. Jing-Ju Opera, combines music, singing, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Jing-Ju Opera costumes are graceful, with handcrafted embroidery. The makeup is rich in … Continue reading

Posted in drama, field trip, Lower Elementary, Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary

Mexico

This week we began discussing Mexico. As our closest neighbor to the south, we see many Mexican influences in the United States, including language, food, and music. We talked about modern Mexico, where there are vibrant cities, busses, and cars. … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, Primary, social studies

The Map Game in the Upper Unit

The Upper Unit students are learning about landforms, how to read a map, and more with the Map Game. The Map Game incorporates Social Studies, Math, Science, and ELA in an interesting format and is scaled for students of different … Continue reading

Posted in Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary, upper unit

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