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First Graders Explore North Carolina

  Rea View first graders have been been taking a "tour" through our state, guided by the book The Twelve Days of Christmas in North Carolina, which is written and illustrated by Judy Stead. Each day, the students travel with the characters in the book, Mike and Abby to visit another special city or destination in the Tar Heel state, learning about a variety of state symbols, animals and events along the way. Students locate their special location for the day on their on copy of a map of North Carolina, record key learnings from their travels, and sketch a picture to represent the location of the day. So far, the students have visited such spots as McAdenville, Banner Elk, the Outer Banks, Asheville, and the North Carolina Zoo. Mark, a student in Ms. Bruno's first grade class shared that he really enjoyed learning about the black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on day three of the tour. His classmate Emery shared that her favorite spot has been the Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville on day six. Kim Christiansen, a teacher assistant who serves first grade classes, has played an active role in guiding students on this tour and shared that her favorite destination so far has been the Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. First grade teachers and assistants have facilitated student learning each day using literature and technology and have integrated key social studies concepts including history, geography, landforms, celebrations, and traditions.

Written by: Mrs. Cook
Posted: Dec 13, 2012 by Diann Harvey

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