Category Archives: Social Studies

Learning About Ourselves As Friends

In first/second grade this week we continued our social studies unit-of-study by focusing on three different books written by one author; we read and discussed the Weird series by Erin Frankel.  The three books are important in that they not only focus … Continue reading

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Countries of Origin Fair

Today’s Country of Origin Fair in second grade was amazing!  Students have spent the past several weeks reading books and articles online to learn more about immigration and the many different people who have immigrated to the United States from many different … Continue reading

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Country of Origin Research

Students in grade 2 are researching to learn more about some of their countries of origin.  After a conversation with families, each student chose one country to focus their research and learning on.  Ms. Lobenstine and Ms. Lee in the Learning … Continue reading

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Maps, Maps, Maps!

In grade 2 students are learning all about maps, including how to read them and create them.  We’ve talked about map keys, map grids, scale and the compass rose.  Students are also learning about the seven continents.  Last week they … Continue reading

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Perspective

We have been talking about PERSPECTIVE in second grade.  In geography, students learned to draw and read maps created from a bird’s-eye-view perspective.  In reading workshop, we shared the book The Pain and the Great One and talked about how two … Continue reading

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Mistakes Are Part of Learning!

In second grade we are learning that no one learns or grows or gets bigger or stronger or smarter without trying new things, taking chances, and making mistakes!  We’ve shared quite a few books as a class that talk about how mistakes are actually NECESSARY … Continue reading

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A Tour of Ellis Island

As part of our Country of Origin unit of study, students are learning more about Ellis Island and how it served as the first stop for many immigrants arriving in the United States between 1892 and 1954.  We are using … Continue reading

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