Advanced Concepts Themes
The following themes are ones that my students have helped me develop. When establishing Advanced Concept learning goals for the year, feel free to use some of the ideas listed as a starting point. Remember, pick a theme you feel confident teaching and consider your community. Make sure your theme can be supported by what's available to you, and as always, choose themes based on your student's interests.
Government Study Board
My students not only enjoyed learning about the levels of government, but they enjoyed knowing who their local, state, and federal leaders were. They were excited to share their knowledge with every person that visited the classroom.
This was our class theme for the 2015-2016 school year. We created a study board that listed all of the local, state, and federal leaders. My students enjoyed learning about each person and what they did for our state or country. To support our in class lessons, we organized visits with our local Mayor, the Governor, and the Senator that represented our district. In addition, we toured the Capitol Building in Richmond, sat in during the General Assembly, toured the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House. It was an amazing experience that created life time memories for my students.
Medicine and Advanced sciences
For the 2016-2017 school year, my students asked to learn about medicine and advanced sciences. We began the year by studying cell biology, then progressed to human anatomy (bones, muscles, internal organs, etc.), comparative anatomy, zoology/entomology, chemistry, and astronomy. My students worked hard to learn the material before embarking on educational adventures to the University of Mary Washington's Jepson Science Center. Several professors were gracious enough to host us for labs that extended our in class lessons. The students absolutely loved the opportunity to get hands on when removing cells from rat livers, dissecting sharks and rats, and participating in Harry Potter themed chemistry lab experiments. To further the medical portion of our studies, Stafford Hospital and Mary Washington Hospital hosted my class for tours of the hospital and even introduced them to the operating room. Many of my students are now striving to become various scientists and are developing new long term goals to achieve success. I think the University of Mary Washington may have earned a few college applications in the future!
To see how our 2nd graders for the 2017-2018 school year will tackle medicine and advanced sciences, click below!
My Amazing Students
Always ready and eager to learn more!
For the 2017-2018 school year, my students developed a new set of advanced concept learning goals that will take us around the world. They asked to expand their culinary and art skills through the study of humanities. My current plan is to study prevalent regions around the world by focusing on their culture, myths, religions, and greatest historical events. In class we will complete a variety of fun and engaging activities that support our learning goals. Outside of class, we will visit local restaurants that fit each region of study, travel to embassies in Washington D.C., and visit with university professors.
For the 2017-2018 school year, our 1st grade class will study Environmental Studies. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Virginia's environment and study environmental science by visiting state parks, caverns, science museums, etc. In addition, they will study zoology/botony and focus on the native plants, insects, and animals of Virginia. Throughout the year, the 1st grade students will have the opportunity to incorporate their personal interests with the overall theme for the year.