Each year our 2nd grade students study Native Americans, as laid out in the Georgia Performance Standards SS2H2 The student will describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments. Being an IB-PYP school we expand the concept to include native peoples from other parts of the world.
Each year I read Jan Andrews’ book, The Very Last First Time which describes an Innuit girl, Eva’s first time to walk alone on the sea bed, under the ice, to collect mussels. We also watch a video clip from the BBC showing Innuit adults collecting mussels. It’s pretty cool. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlOt9368Q7LfZsQ0XPXWMoo-Tvbm7LPM0
IB-PYP Learner Profile & Flipgrid
This year I decided that I would have the students pick out an IB-PYP Learner Profile or Attitude to describe Eva and her actions in the book. We have the Profiles and Attitudes posted on the library walls, so the students could walk over and refresh their memories (and for the new students the opportunity to see all the profiles and attitudes).
I gave each student an index card and they wrote their sentence, citing evidence from the book. “Eva was a risk-taker because she…” Our students need so much practice writing, so I like to give them every opportunity to write.
If they put in a serious effort to compose a sentence, they then had the chance to record their response using Flipgrid. Students so enjoy hearing and seeing themselves. A lot of smiles and giggles!
Check out their response https://flipgrid.com/74c2b605