The first grade social studies class have been learning about the important concept of same and different. They learned that somethings are very different while something can be very similar to each other. The kids also learned that some things can both be the same and different. We will continue to work on getting the kids to be more familiar with these concepts and ideas in this semester.
Just after Chinese New Year, the Grade 2 class took a look at holidays, traditions, and culture. We talked about cultures we share together as a community and holidays we celebrate at home. We started a “This is My Culture” book and will continue to fill the pages with information about ourselves as we finish Chapter 4 of the textbook.Students will look forward to next week as we learn American folklore. Non-fictional characters such as George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. are historical heroes in American history. Fictional characters include Annie Oakley and Davy Crockett. Exciting weeks are to come!
We have finished urban and suburban community projects. The students are amazing. All of them are good city designers. They also now know about the differences between urban and suburban communities.
The fourth grade social studies class, we started off by reviewing what we have done last semester on the Europeans in Taiwan. We have talked about this lesson briefly prior to our field trip in November. The kids learned about how the movement of people will bring about changes to languages, fauna, and flora. We also talked about what the world was like in the 1600s when people were beginning to move to Taiwan (Formosa). We ended up watching a documentary on the Pingpu People of Taiwan and we will finish the video in the upcoming week. The video will serve as an introduction to what we will learn later this semester.
Whew! What a tough few weeks Grade 5 classes have had. I, Teacher Phoebe, have asked that each student prepare a Social Studies binder or folder for class. Students will begin to develop their vocabulary words as they continue to learn about borders.For the past week, we discussed the differences between natural, physical, and political borders. Using the historic example of the War of 1812, we dived into the history of the War of 1812 and what it means to borders between Canada and the United States.Next week, we will wrap up our study of the War of 1812 and examine the borders between North and South Korea.
In the sixth grade social studies class, we were learning about Middle East. The kids learned a little bit on Islam. They also understood that Islam is the dominant religion of the region. The student also learned about various different countries in the Middle East. We also took at the country of Israel and her relationship with other countries in the Middle East. We ended the lesson by started talking about the United States. The kids would bring things that have some kind of connection to the U.S. for a show and tell.
Er Xin Reporter