The Fifth and Sixth-grade class has had an excellent start to the year. In social studies, students have dedicated time and effort to studying world geography. Our current unit centers around the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
I find it helpful to study world cultures in conjunction with geography as it helps students make connections between various parts of the physical world and the cultures that characterize them. To this end, students have recently learned about the study and practice of cartography.
Now, it wouldn’t be all that fun to work with regular printer paper or construction paper; we had to up the ante a bit. As seen in the photograph, students had the chance to work with some faux vintage map-making materials crafted through coffee staining, baking, and singeing. We look forward to doing more hands-on learning projects with the Fifth and Sixth-grade class as we continue our study of geography and world civilizations.