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5th Social Studies: 13 Colonies: Oct. 2014

5th graders from Mr. Powell’s and Mrs. Sartor’s classes at Hillcrest Elementary learned about the United States’ roots as they studied the aspects of colonial daily life such as religion, food, entertainment, and government. Students created their own graphic organizers and effectively learned to utilize finding tools like the table of contents, index, and similar keywords. They created brochures with artwork to showcase their colony and research.

Kindergarten Social Studies: Jobs: Jan. 2014

Kindergartners at Hillcrest Elementary School went right to the source for a research project in collaboration with the DTLs. Focusing on the social studies core that emphasizes learning about jobs in the community and school, kindergartners prepared to interview a guest “expert.” Students practiced asking relevant questions, prepared questions about the tools and skills needed for the job, and interviewed their guests: Mr. Shaw (custodian), Mrs. Aparicio (principal), and Mrs. Christensen (lunch manager). By asking some key questions, students discovered that the custodian’s favorite tool is a drill, that students can help the principal by coming to school every day, and that the lunch lady arrives very early to prepare breakfast. Using the information they collected from the interviews, the students created a book for their class and their “expert.”

To see a sample of the students’ final product, click here.

6th Grade Social Studies: Ancient China: Dec. 2013

In December, sixth-grade students from Hillcrest and Wasatch researched innovations from ancient Chinese dynasties. To show what they know, students used a modern innovation, Google Documents, to create an online newspaper. Students collaborated with their peers to write articles about porcelain, tea, kites, silk, wheelbarrows, and more. They shared their newspapers across schools to learn from each other and offer peer reviews.

A Wasatch student commented on the sharing process: “I liked reading Hillcrest’s newspaper. One article had a fact that I completely forgot to write about in my article.”