I know that many of the teachers who read this blog are getting close to done with their school year, but we are running a year-round schedule this year, so we are actually just past halfway. Last week, the kids finished the fifth project in their Year Long Country Study Project. They created virtual field trips to one of the Ancient Civilizations that existed in their country. This was the cumulative project from after a month of exploring what life was like in the years before 0 AD.
Each month we have worked on a different type of project – maps, food webs, art projects, virtual museum exhibits. This month, they created virtual field trips. They both chose to create their projects by creating recorded Power Point movies.
Here are their projects:
Ancient China - the Han Dynasty (5th Grade)
Ancient Siberia - the Xiongnu Dynasty (2nd Grade)
After finishing their projects, the boys write up a reflection and add their work to their comprehensive Live Binders project. At the end of the year, each of their tabs will have a reflection and their project.
This project has been perfect for my homeschool family, but I really wish I had created it last year when I was in the classroom. The boys are not only learning about their own country, they also talk to each other, so they have learned a lot about the other child’s country as well. Imagine a class of 20 each with different countries! Plus, in addition to learning a wide range of Social Studies and Science skills, the boys work on research, reading comprehension and written expression. Talk about covering a lot of skills! We’ve even incorporated some math into our history lessons as we figure out how many years happened between certain events and dynasties. If you would like to use this Year Long Country Study Project with your classroom or homeschool family, feel free to download it at my Teachers Pay Teacher store.