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Monday
Mar042013

Westward Expansion Collaboration Begins

TLC kicked off their Trimester Two collaborations last week with a bang! Not only are we continuing our awesome book groups, but we also began our social studies collaboration. Our topic this trimester is Westward Expansion. In book groups, students are reading such titles as "Apples to Oregon" by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter, "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Pioneer Cat" by William H. Hooks, "Sarah Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan, "Brave Buffalo Fighter" by John D. Fitzgerald, and "Mr. Tucket" by Gary Paulsen. 

Matinicus teacher, Pam Stock celebrates the launch with traditional Native American clothing.                                                

Last week our Social Studies collaboration began with a whole-group launch. Prior to our meeting on the Polycoms and Tandbergs, each school had the task of creating a video expedition of another island. We wanted students to begin their learning of Westward Expansion history by first imagining what it would be like to explore a new place. A place where residents may already inhabit. 

After viewing all of the videos, each school was asked to reflect on the following questions: 

  1. What were the attitudes of the expedition team as they set out and how did those attitudes change?
  2. How do you think the residents of the island might feel about your expedition team and how would they react to your arrival?
  3. If you planned to stay there for a long time, how might the residents’ attitudes change?
  4. What was your reaction to other people exploring the island you live on?

Here are the expedition videos:

Frenchboro explores Monhegan

How do you think the residents of the island might feel about your expedition team and how would they react to your arrival? Frenchboro's response: Monhegan would feel marvelous and excited because we would save them from fire breathing spruce beetles.  They would also feel thankful. 

If you planned to stay there for a long time, how might the residents’ attitudes change? Frenchboro's response: They might get bored of us and kick us out.  When people stay together too long they can get frustrated because they have to provide food, water and shelter.  Our dragons may eat their dogs and ruin their buildings.  They may sue us for damage.

 

Isle au Haut explores Frenchboro

Isle au Haut wanted to find new land, they found information. 

 

Cliff and a Monhegan Scout Explore Matinicus

What were the attitudes of the expedition team as they set out and how did those attitudes change? Margaret:  Kind of excited when I left, but later when I couldn’t find people I felt kind of unhappy. Eliza and Kai - In the beginning we were scared that the locals were like COVE!!!! Kai and Eliza were happy that there were kids their own age. When we heard that Margaret was going to meet the locals we were worried. We thought Magaret was so brave for going first.

 How do you think the residents of the island might feel about your expedition team and how would they react to your arrival?  Margaret:  They might be kind of confused at first because they don’t know who I am. Sofie - They would welcome us to their island island because we are new. Aiden - I think they would be happy to see me.

 

Matinicus Explores Cranberry Isles 

 

Cranberry Isles Explores Isle au Haut

Expedition Summary: Orphaned students from the Cranberry Isles wrongly imprisoned in a labor camp escape to Isle au Haut.  An intro "launch" project for our Y3T2 Social Studies unit on "Westward Expansion".

What were the attitudes of the expedition team as they set out and how did those attitudes change? When the orphans left, we felt felt frustrated, sad, scared, and confused.  When we arrived, at first we were nervous and scared. But in the end, we felt happy and playful when we saw the natives were friendly.

How do you think the residents of the island might feel about your expedition team and how would they react to your arrival? When the Isle au Haut people first saw the Islesford orphans arrive, they might have felt confused and cautious.  They might have felt pity for the orphans and sad for them, but nervous and protective of themselves, a little  defensive, scared, investigative.  But then they felt OK, once they realized the orphans wouldn’t hurt them.  But they were still confused. 

 If you planned to stay there for a long time, how might the residents’ attitudes change? Over time, the residents would accept the orphans and and be helpful.  They would welcome them, realizing they had been though a lot.  They would adopt the orphans as family, realizing that they wanted to learn with them, and they would be sympathetic and nice.   

What was your reaction to other people exploring the island you live on? We would feel surprised that people would want to come and steal our awesomeness, mad, scared, and defensive.  We would be ready to fight back, because they were going to steal our homes, and we love it here and love our families.

Reader Comments (1)

Oh man! These videos were FABULOUS!

Frenchboro- I obviously LOVED the dance party at the end and your creative plot and story line. I also liked the rocket ship you all traveled in and how you had to tow Tyler along in the back!

Isle au Haut - What fabulous facts and information you shared about Frenchboro! I didn't realize all the wildlife they had. And all the visuals really helped me to see the island! I also liked the team work in your presentation!

Matinicus- What a brother/sister duo! Your presentation kept me on my toes! I loved the suspenseful music and your very matter of fact attitudes while you gave the reasons why you were going to "conquest" the island! If I were to conquest an island I think it would be Matinicus! You have the BEST beaches! I also loved your creepy smiles at the end!

Monhegan and Cliff - Your video was private so I am hoping we will get to see it in the future.

ABS- I loved the story line of your expedition! I would be happy to adopt all ABS orphans any day of the week! And I wouldn't put you in a labor camp!

You all rock! Can't wait to hear more about your studies!

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

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