The cost of the North Carolina Studies Weekly is $134, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
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Connecting with and learning from North Carolina's history is vital to ensure that all students develop into culturally minded, empathetic citizens. Understanding not only the triumphs and falterings of our predecessors, but the decision making processes leading up to our state's most important historical events will shape students' character development and increase their understanding of the cultures which comprise our state.
As the school year approaches, I await the arrival of 20 4th grade students. These children are comprised of diverse cultural backgrounds, varied academic abilities, multiple learning styles, and a wide range of home learning experiences. In addition, our school as a whole, Dillard Drive Elementary School, educates students of many different , socioeconomic levels throughout the Raleigh, North Carolina area. As a result, I find that it is important for all students to form a connection with the state in which they are living. This aids in the development of a classroom community as well.
One means of exposing students to updated current events which affect our state(i.e. presidential elections, war updates, economic news,and natural disasters) while reinforcing state history is to supplement my current Social Studies instruction with a publication called North Carolina Studies Weekly. North Carolina Studies Weekly is published by American Legacy Publishing and is distributed once a week in child-friendly newspaper format. This visual, interactive newspaper supports both our reading and social studies curriculums.
The format and design of this newspaper lends itself toward prereading strategies through the use of illustrations, graphs, recipies, charts, and layout. Strategies such as predicting, questioning, and activating prior knowledge may be utilized. In addition, during reading strategies such as cause and effect, inferencing, sequencing, organizing, main idea, and vocabulary development can be implemented. Nonfiction reading, while difficult to incorporate into daily instruction, is emphasized in conjunction with legends, narratives, and fiction stories.
In regard to meeting the needs of our social studies curriculum, this publication introduces students to the most significant occurances throughout our state's history such as "North Carolina's Lost Colony" and "Colonial Life". Innovative and empowered North Carolinians are introducted through topics such as "America's Leader in Freedom" and "Eurpoean Explorers" while students learn of the different backgrounds celebrated throughout the state in "Religious Groups of North Carolina" and "North Carolina's Diverse Society. Character development is also reinforced.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Erin Ohl, Dillard Drive Elementary
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