Third-grade Native American projects built intrigue and interest among our second and third-grade students just before winter break.
Dioramas consisting of longhouses, wigwams, woodlands, native plant and animal species and much more were on display. Proud of their hard work, the students described what they’d learned about the indigenous people to students and teachers as they passed by the dioramas. As part of the third-grade Pennsylvanian curriculum, this sharing of projects and information is always a favorite cross-grade event. Many SIP students also presented in Spanish for the younger SIP students, which proved to be a rich opportunity for expository dialogue and vocabulary development too.
Curious students asked questions like “What materials did you use to build the fire-pit?”, “Where did you find the bark for your wigwam?” and “How did you make the water look so real?” The Q&A strengthened vocabulary, peer relationships and excitement for what’s awaiting second graders next year.