Friday, March 14, 2014

Country Exploration

In third grade enrichment classes we are continuing our year long study of World Geography.  We just kicked off the next phase of our learning in which students will explore and learn about a country of their choice.  Students took some time this week to think about what country they might be interested in learning about.  Students are using their background knowledge, personal connections, our work from earlier in the year, books and various websites to inform their decision.  Students enjoyed the Amazing Race and all of our teamwork, but I can tell that they are also really enjoying this chance to have individual choice.  Allowing each student to select a different country means that we need to have many resources.....and it means that I get to learn alongside students.  I look forward to this phase of our study!

The images below show our third graders using many resources to learn.  I love getting pictures that show our integrated use of technology, and how it is used interchangeably with books and atlases and maps, depending on what students are doing!  I believe strongly that this method for technology implementation is the most realistic way to research and learn.

If you have a special connection to a particular country, we would love for you to share it with us!

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