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Fourth Grade Studies North Carolina

Trinity Bowers, holding a poster.

Mrs. Weidner's fourth grade class studied the importance of the role of ethnic groups and how they have helped in the development of North Carolina.  This included a study of the regional group of early American Indians. They learned about their government, democracy, ceremony and confederation.  They also studied American Indians today and examined the differences between the past and the present.

The class also learned about immigration into North Carolina over the years and the diverse population that continues to settle here.  They studied the people and culture including customs, traditions and pasttimes.  Students learned about holidays and festivals celebrated in North Carolina as well as art traditions such as pottery, quilting, bluegrass, clogging and other forms of dance.

Students were asked to put all they learned into a project.  These projects included a diorama, a diary entry, a newspaper article, a poster - advertising an upcoming art event in their town, a report, or a newcomers guide.  The projects were very impressive and the detail put into it by the students really shows how much they learned.

As with most schools, Rocky River Elementary focuses on Globalization and has recently earned th e Global Schools Network.  We are very proud that our students not only study North Carolina but the United States as well as broadening their horizons by learning about other countries.  Mrs. Weidner's fourth grade class will soon be reaching out of North Carolina and learning about Japan.

Some of the projects are currently being displayed in the Media Center.  Next time you are visiting the school, please stop in to learn something about North Carolina's past and/or present.

Written by: Terry Anderson, Heather Shulman and Nancy Yurek
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 by Terry Anderson

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