By Amy Wallot
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.