Saturday, February 24, 2018

Approaching the Finish Line!

Do you know how to tell when we're getting toward the end of the year?  The teachers start talking about Summer (June) Term.  We're there, now!  That said, we still have two terms before we get there!  This term lasts until Spring Break, going from ice to warming.  This term, Franklin Discovery has several social studies classes that are sure to excite our students!

In 1st and 2nd grades, we have two classes available for students: Famous Americans and Voting in America.  In Famous Americans, we're studying several ... well, famous Americans, looking at how they became famous and how our students can follow their examples.  In Voting in America, we're looking at why it's important to vote in our country, and why it's also important to allow for people not to vote in our country.

In 3rd and 4th grades, we're looking at the Civil War in one set of classes, and looking at the branches of the American government in another.  In Civil War, we'll look at why millions were willing to fight and die for their beliefs.  We'll then take a look at several key battles of the Civil War, and of course act them out when we can.  If time permits, we'll also look at the end of the Civil War, and whether or not we're fighting the same battles today.  In the Branches of Government, we're looking at our government and who is supposed to do what (and whether or not each branch is actually doing its part).  We are starting by looking at the budget, because we enjoy a challenge.

In 5th and 6th grades, we're learning the art of debate in one set of classes, and learning of the American Revolution in another.  In debate, we're taking a group of very argumentative kids and turning them into debaters.  Don't worry, we're not going too controversial!  Kids are learning to look the part, as well as to talk the part.  They're learning to attack the best arguments of the opposition, and in the process, they're learning to look at both sides of every argument.  (One of my debate classes has a group of promising 4th graders.)  In American Revolution, we're looking at why a group of backwoodsmen decided to take up arms against the best military in the world, and win (or, rather, not lose).

We're quickly coming up on time to plan next block, as well.  If there are any social studies subjects that you'd like me to hit, please let me know!  My email address is and I hope to hear from you!