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UCPS Sister Schools Participate in Mexico Showcase
Select kindergarten students from Marshville Elementary and New Salem Elementary schools participated in a cultural showcase focusing on the country of Mexico during a special program held Friday, January 15, 2010 on the campus of New Salem Elementary School. Teachers from these UCPS sister schools worked collaboratively to plan the two hour global project. Students participating in the program had been focusing on the country of Mexico throughout the school year as part of a district-wide initiative on globalization. Students from the Marshville classrooms of Erin Kaik & Millie Johnson along with the New Salem classrooms of Gladys Butler and Starla Williams were divided into two groups. Using the expertise of The World in Our Backyard, an educational resource center based in Charlotte, each group explored the following aspects of Mexico:
- People, Clothing, and Faces
- Land and Animals
- Homes and Shelters
- Arts and Crafts
Students were exposed to large photo displays, artifacts, fun facts, native costumes, music, dance and many other hands-on activities. Student groups also created Mexican ponchos and sombreros, listened to stores, and used 21st Century technology to look at video and still pictures from the focus country.
Through this collaborative experience, students were afforded the opportunity to make new friends while gaining knowledge about the country of Mexico through a variety of hands-on experiences.
Written by: Neil Hawkins, Principal of New Salem Elementary
Posted: Jan 28, 2010 by Tracy Jones