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Penn Valley students explore the world with "Talking Walls"
Penn Valley students explore the world with "Talking Walls"

Penn Valley Elementary School third grade students recently embarked on a part of their social studies curriculum centered around "Talking Walls" by Margy Burns Knight and Anne Sibley O'Brien. This book introduces young readers to a variety of cultures by exploring the stories of walls around the world and how they can separate or hold communities together.

The third-graders kicked off kicked off the "Talking Walls" unit by researching and studying the countries of Africa, which are featured prominently throughout the book. Through this project, students were able to identify the human characteristics of places and regions throughout the continent as they learned about population, culture, economic and political activities and more. Students used map skills to locate various regions and learn about the physical features of their respective countries along with exploring various cultural dynamics including language, music, religion, food, clothing, holidays and more.

After completing their research and study, students put together presentations on their country of choice and shared what they learned with classmates, family and friends during a fun-filled and educational day in the auditorium. To view a slideshow of pictures from the student presentations, click on the image below!

LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. This project serves as an example of Strategic Pathway #2: Transformative Curriculum. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.

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