First Grade Learns What?!

Here is a sample lesson of integrating Reading and Social Studies in our Africa Unit.  Ms Ebacher and her first graders are reading and discussing the rise and fall of the Ghana and Mali Empires using perspective taking skills. Some of the key concepts include: social hierarchy, Islamic interactions with African empires, how expanding empires impact other communities, trade, and justice in the social structure of these kingdoms. Take a look at these incredibly SMART and thoughtful 6 year olds:

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