My students need dry erase maps, an interactive globe, and books to know that there is a world outside of Algood, Tennessee, and realize they have the tools to travel there in their minds.
My students have never had the opportunity to explore the world outside of their own rural neighborhoods. These students are at risk due to academic, emotional, environmental, and social factors. They are isolated and do not have the chance to travel to other cities, or to see different people. My students need dry erase maps, a globe, and books to know that there is a world outside of Algood, Tennessee and realize they have the tools to travel there in their minds.
My students eat breakfast and lunch at school because over 70% of them are on the free or reduced lunch program.
Many of their parents are incarcerated or they are being raised by a grandparent or family member. They ride the bus to school and often tell me how they wish they could see an ocean. These students have limited resources and have limited knowledge about their community so the 4th grade lessons about explorers are hard for them to grasp. My students need to be able to travel from Algood to Asia in their minds and understand the cultural differences, geography, time changes, values and differences between the explorers and themselves.
I am requesting a dry erase world map for each student, reference books about "Explorers", and an interactive globe for my classrooms. As a class we will read "Explorers Who Got Lost" and discuss how failures can be turned into successes. Students will use the dry-erase maps to locate the home countries of the explorers. Students will select an explorer to research using these books, The Explorers Who Got Lost, Lewis and Clark, Hernando Cortes, and Sacajawea. The Intelliglobe interactive globe will allow them to travel to their explorer's home land. Students will share research with our class and then travel to 3rd grade classes and have an opportunity to teach their younger peers what they have discovered. I will model these lessons to meet the new Common Core Standards and make sure that the material is presented in such a way that kids with special needs are motivated and supported by the engaging materials.
Exploring the Explorers will bring the lives of the 15th and 16th century people to life for student observation and reflection.
My students will be able to look for common themes between their lives and the lives of the explorers. We will investigate the themes of adventure, intrigue, curiosity, conflict and courage. My students need to realize that they can change the world, their world, just like the explorers did.
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