We completed our first block of the year! Overall, I think it went pretty well. Parks, fourth grade, worked through NC history. Sawyer, sixth grade, worked through geology. Sims, eighth grade, worked through study skills. The blocks blended well together and got everyone involved.
Grade 4-Local History
This year is my third time teaching local history. Thus, Parks has been exposed to a good bit of it already. When Sawyer worked through NC history, I found an amazing book called, “North Carolina Parade.” The book contains stories that the children can relate to and enjoy. Together we read and summarized stories on the NC Native Americans, NC wildlife, why NC is called the Hornet’s Nest, Mount Mitchell, tobacco crops in NC and Daniel Boone.
Grade 6- Geology
Geology finally came together this year! (Thank you Taproot Teacher Training!) I used NC as our container for geology since we were already discussing NC history with Parks. We started with the basic definition of geology and then worked through the geology specific to NC. During our hikes, we were able to discuss the different type of rocks that we saw and how the weather changed and will continue to change the geology of the area. Having the Appalachian Mountains in our state made the block even more interesting. We learned about why Mount Mitchell is so tall and why we have a Piedmont and a Coastal Plain as part of our state.
Sims’ workload has increased a good bit this year, and he is taking two high school level classes. I decided to start his year off with a study skills block to help him figure out -on his own- how he learns the best. I used the Victus Study Skills program and a lot of personal experience! He discovered that he is a visual and kinesthetic learner. He is using his new note taking and test taking skills in his classes. He also learned about how to manage his time-of course, all of these things are a work in progress. Sims was also an amazing resource for the other two blocks since he has already done them.