Explorers class was a class that focused on a key question throughout the entire unit which was; did the explorers explore, encounter or invade the land they found? This question was asked many times throughout the unit. We read a book on Christopher Columbus called Encounter, after we read the book the vote was unanimous that
Each year our social studies curriculum builds on what we have studied in the past. In September the oldest children revisited the Declaration of Independence this time focusing on the grievances articulated by the frustrated colonists. The list of grievances were divided between the students who, for homework, had to put them in their
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 the older children visited Art Rage, an amazing gallery which celebrates the use of art to raise awareness of social justice issues. The current exhibit, Seen and Heard, invited local women artists to submit artwork to commemorate the 100th anniversary of New York State signing women’s suffrage into law. These
After looking at maps and realizing how many people were already here in the “new world” each student was assigned a tribe to read about, do research on and report about their customs, homes, food and more. Students were also given picture of Native Americans in different situations and used VTS (visual thinking strategy) to figure
Students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade were each assigned a specific historical character that had an impact during reconstruction after the Civil War. They are researching different topics and finding out their characters point of view on topics such as State Rights, Federal Rights, Education, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. As the students
Over the past six weeks the students in sixth and seventh grade have been reading the book Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught. This book is about a girl named Dani who sets out to solve the mystery behind why her dying grandmother, who used to be a write,r stopped
The older students are part of a Reconstruction unit. First students considered What is history? Who cares? Why study it?” This led us to the Declaration of Independence and a discussion of why and when it was written. What is “Freedom.” What can and should a person own? We then watched part of Lincoln, a
The older students welcomed Lisa Sacco, Democratic delegate and Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter to The New School. She came to answer tough questions from our students about the Democratic platform. We discovered that Lisa is a Mohawk and was a designated Native American delegate to the Democratic convention this summer.
The older students welcomed Tom Dadey, Chairman of the local Republican party to The New School. He came to answer tough questions from the children about immigration, family values, and military spending after they had read sections of the Republican platform.
As we delve into our social studies unit this year, students in grades 3 – 5 are taking a close look at where the 13 Colonies were established on the North American continent and who was already here when people started claiming the land. Currently we’re using maps and stories to explore this concept of