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Is Town Creek Elementary an ideal place to settle? Kindergarten students have been blending past and present by imagining themselves as pilgrims arriving at Town Creek Elementary from England to settle and live. They have been exploring the school and surrounding areas evaluating sources of water, food and shelter to meet their needs.
What did they discover? Town Creek Elementary is not suitable for the pilgrims; therefore, they constructed their own model settlement.
All of the kindergarten students were working in collaborative teams to plan, design, build, display and interact within this colonial environment. This instructional approach integrated all of the subject areas in the curriculum and promoted authentic student engagement.
The following standards are incorporated in this project:
Explain ways people use environmental resources to meet basic needs and wants (shelter, food, clothing, etc.).
Explain how people change during periods of time.
Classify objects by observable physical properties, including size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility.
Analyze and compare two and three-dimensional shapes in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (number of sides, vertices/corners) and other attributes (having sides of equal length).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
The students began living within their new settlement on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, right before their Thanksgiving break.