As we ended our “Where We Are in Place and Time” unit, 4th grade families were invited to share their migration or immigration stories. Students came prepared with a set of questions and documented the different perspectives as they traveled to each family. Also, we showcased and sampled food dishes from various cultures prepared by students and families!
One of our favorite events in 4th grade is attending a naturalization ceremony! The pictures below are of Mr. Bubbett's class; however, everyone has a trip scheduled in the near future!
We counted over twenty two countries present at the ceremony, and before it began the judge asked anyone who wished to share their thoughts and feelings to come up to the front. We heard from many different people from all walks of life. What an awesome way to experience new perspectives!
To kick off our new unit, we introduces our central idea with the Traveling Trunks program from the Western Reserve Historical Society. Our central ideas introduces us to various forms of migration and in this activity we attempted to understand why someone might decide to move to a new place. Our guests broke down push factors, pull factors, and the differences between immigration and migration. They brought with them trunks. Each one of them contained primary resources of a family who had moved to the Cleveland area. Students got to explore their trunk and then present their findings.
Our new central idea: Migration may be a response to human circumstances.
Last week we were able to explore some of the elements of our current planner at the Cleveland Metropark's Zoo! During our visit we examined several different ecosystems and the various abiotic and biotic factors that make each ecosystem unique. We also discovered that the balance between those abiotic and biotic factors is what can lead to change in an environment. Sometime that leads to a complete transformation of an ecosystem. The tiger exhibit (depicted below) explained the connection between logging in certain areas of the world and the amount of pray left for tigers to hunt. This imbalance caused a change in the environment and in the food chain.
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