BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|The Story of Our Town
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|Grade: K - 6th grade
Class: Art, English Language Arts, Social Studies
Peru Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
History of the United States and New York
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryHealth, Recreation & Life Skills
|Keywords: local history|
|Investigative Question or Issue: Learning about the history of our town -- how can you tell the story so that other primary age children can understand?|
This was developed as one of the Arts Forever Wild 2: Adirondack Artists-in-Residence challenges by 2 elementary teachers in the Peru Central School system. They worked with Adirondack singer/songwriter Dan Berggren. Teachers are encouraged to customize this challenge for their own community and make use of a local musician, if possible.
Note from authors: To bring much of the words and understanding down to the kindergarten level, we will be doing a number of hands-on projects. In music we will be "exploring" through movement using instruments. We will also learn a native American song and make native American instruments. The sand table will be the focus of topographical maps with the lake, farm lands, etc. The children will be making simple maps on the computer.
After learning the history of Peru as related in the song "Here's to You" children will simplify in their own words. This text will be added to children's illustrations to create a book-Peru, the story of our Town. Dan Berggren will be joining us for the sharing session with parents as we are using his songs "Here's to You" and "A Lumbering we'll go". He will be a part of the day, working with the class in the morning and being a part of the sharing in the afternoon.
The song "Here's to You" tells the story of Peru.
Examples of Student Work.
An Arts Forever Wild 2: Adirondack Artists-in-Residence challenge
Knowledge students will be expected to learn, along with some facts about their local history.
Children will act out the book with simple songs and movement for the final sharing session.
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Students learn the lyrics for the song "Here's to You."
Highlights of "your community's" history are dictated and computer typed.
Illustrations are developed to accompany each text.
Illustrations are neat and clear.
Text and illustrations are compiled into book form.
Cover, title page and dedication are added.
Book is compiled and shared with parents.
Completed book may be entered into Scholastic's "Kids are Author's contest."
Children will understand the story of Peru through music, movement, and song.
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