This quarter, Grade 2 was introduced to the continents of the world in Social Studies. They started off by watching a short video about a continent, and locating countries belonging to it on a map. Then to emphasize how countries as well as past and present events relate to each other, they tackled either a current event or a part of its history.
For Africa, the children learned a little bit about slavery. They were asked to come up with an important question about the photo shown to them. Then from everyone’s questions, they focused on answering one question: What is African slavery all about?
The children read an article on African slavery and answered questions about it.
They likewise listened to the story “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Kadir Nelson, which related the life of an African slave. They watched a video about the salt mines where African slaves worked. Then they took note of important information that could help them understand the topic.
The children did a gallery walk wherein they could see other children’s ideas in their models (mind maps). They were allowed to revise their own models based on the article they read, the story they listened to, the video they watched and the gallery walk. Finally, in their notebooks, they were asked to write an essay about African slavery and its effects on Africa.
Children are capable of exchanging ideas about the world, relating one thought with another, as well as working with different people. All they need is the opportunity to practice these skills.