Welcome to Rotation 4! This week we will focus on the student’s progress in Social Studies.
The 1st grade students have been reviewing the rules of school and the rules in 1st grade class. We discussed who the leaders are at school and talked about how to be a polite student and the words that we have to use when asking for something.
Watch the students saying their favorite school/classroom rule here!
The 2nd graders discussed what it means to be a good citizen. After giving many examples, the students created their own good citizen. Each student wrote at least three things that make them a good citizen. The students then designed their citizens however they liked; they were quite creative!
The 3rd graders have been learning about where they live. We are starting small with our community and moving big with the Earth. They are using maps of Keelung City to find their districts and important landmarks in Keelung. Students are creating a paper that shows where they are in the world. It will be interesting to see what is important to them in their communities and in their country.
For 4th grade social studies, we started the archaeology unit. It was the introduction to archaeology and we will continue to study archaeology in the next while. Students learned the basics of archaeology and what an archaeologist does not do! Now the students know that archaeologists do not dig for dinosaur bones and that they do not go on a wild adventure like Indiana Jones. They also had fun looking at the things or, artifacts, that archaeologists could find. They were most excited when they saw pictures of mummies! We did a crossword puzzle in class after the lesson so they could familiarize what they had just learned. In the upcoming weeks, we will be collaborating with National Taiwan University’s anthropology department on this archaeology unit.
The 5th graders are learning about human migration. Last week we discussed the Vietnamese “Boat People” and this week we are discussing the Syrian refugee crisis. The Syrian crisis is currently happening and is a relevant topic for the students. We are taking a look at what is causing such a large migration of people out of Syria and how is the world responding to it. Students show great interest in the topic, and show sympathy for the refugees. Many students are taking it upon themselves to find out more about the crisis.
The grade 6 social studies class did a class on the conflicts in Taiwan in the early 1900s. They learned that even though the Japanese did a lot of work in Taiwan such as building modern infrastructure thus benefiting everyone but they also did many horrible things. One of the key focus was on the Wushe Incident where the Seediqs battled the Japanese in 1930. The students learned the importance of cultural traditions of the Seediq people. They also learned the difficult contradictions between modernization and traditional values. The traditional weaving of Seediq/Atayal people were introduced to them because it is very important to the Seediq/Atayal culture.
Er Xin Reporter