Children Are Teachers - C.A.T.
The second grade completed an independent research project on a Native American Tribe of their choice and the students had an opportunity to 'teach' their parents all about Native Americans during a recent C.A.T. - Children are Teachers.
The children began this in depth study with the Wampanoag people of the Eastern Woodland Region and then they selected another North American tribe for their own independent work. They used the Checkerboard Social Studies Library book series and also online resources, including Encyclopedia Brittanica and Kidrex.org for most of their research. A teacher-created template was used to organize their notes and the class compiled their information into a ‘paper bag’ factbook which included topics such as food, clothing, shelter, and arts particular to their tribe.
Students included their artwork and various pictures to highlight their research. Mrs. O’Boyle assisted the students with a fun technology component which makes use of the green screen. Putting their design thinking skills to work, the students did a preliminary sketch of their dwelling and decided which materials would work best for their 3-D models of their tribes' dwelling. Our students should be commended for their depth of knowledge on the topic and the persistence and motivation shown throughout this unit. Job well done!