Sand Gap Elementary School studies Native Americans

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

While traveling in Eastern Kentucky, I had the chance to make a short visit to Jackson County. I stopped by Sand Gap Elementary School and visited with 2nd and 5th-grade classes. The school is striving to meet the needs and curriculum goals of its students through vertical alignment and school-wide themes. According to 5th-grade teacher Regina Flannery, Sand Gap Elementary is using arts and humanities as a springboard for cross curricular connections. ” Engaging in a hands-on approach and allowing our students to experience a particular culture’s way of life has been a great success. It has enhanced our students’ understanding and appreciation of other cultures,” she said. Both grades were learning about Native Americans. Peggy Sulfridge’s 2nd-grade students were creating history packets as they learned about different tribes. Flannery’s 5th-grade students were involved in a weaving art project.

 

Students in Peggy Sulfridge's 2nd-grade class are eager to answer a question about Inuits during class at Sand Gap Elementary School (Jackson County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Students in Peggy Sulfridge's 2nd-grade class are eager to answer a question about Inuits during class at Sand Gap Elementary School (Jackson County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Allie Marcum discuses traits of the Inuit with her partner Rachel Farthel during Peggy Sulfridge's 2nd-grade class.  The students were creating history packets with information about Native American tribes. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Allie Marcum discuses traits of the Inuit with her partner Rachel Farthel during Peggy Sulfridge's 2nd-grade class. The students were creating history packets with information about Native American tribes. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Regina Flannery helps 5th-grade student Nathan Estep with his weaving project. At left, Kevin Wilson pulls apart yarn to use for his weaving.  Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Regina Flannery helps 5th-grade student Nathan Estep with his weaving project. At left, Kevin Wilson pulls apart yarn to use for his weaving. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Delaney Kenner weaves a colorful pattern during Regina Flannery's 5th-grade class. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Delaney Kenner weaves a colorful pattern during Regina Flannery's 5th-grade class. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Fifth-grade student Jacob Stone works on his weaving project during Regina Flannery's class. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012
Fifth-grade student Jacob Stone works on his weaving project during Regina Flannery's class. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 7, 2012

 

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