Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Social Studies Update

From Mrs. York:

Last week we "explored" (Ha!) the basic routes of a few of the earliest European explorers.  Students refreshed their map skills as we discussed the concepts surrounding early exploration like the reasons explorers usually landed someplace other than the intended destination.  These maps are due this Friday, February 22.   Now that "we have found the Americas," we will be learning about work to be done, decisions to be made, and hardships that were typical during this time.  

One tool we use is www.americaslibrary.gov.  This is the Library of Congress's site for kids.  Its layout and information is appropriate for our work and reading levels, but it is also a reliable source.  Students have considered the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke as a beginning to our conversations about those earliest settlements.