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Lanigan 1st Graders Share Culture Research Projects

FULTON – A lesson in culture, diversity and critical thinking took Lanigan Elementary School first graders around the world one story at a time.

First grader Ava Reis proudly displays her castle during a class discussion on homes from various cultures.
First grader Ava Reis proudly displays her castle during a class discussion on homes from various cultures.

As part of the students’ “Different Lands, Similar Stories” English language arts unit, the children worked with their families to research and then create a house from a culture other than their own.

After learning about folktales, a variety of other texts and main components of a story: characters, setting, plot and identifying the moral, the first graders received a better understanding of details to recognize that would help them with their projects.

During their housing presentations, students in Karrie Schremp’s class read from an information sheet where they identified the type of house, related culture and how it was used.

In her classroom, a tent village represented shelter for troops overseas, while a log cabin was constructed to connect with prior centuries and teepees helped tell stories of Native Americans.

Ava Reis learned about England and was proud to share that a monarchy means a king or queen rule and live in a castle, which she constructed out of paper, cardboard and recycled soda bottles.

Students in Marie Mathes’ class shared their pagoda, stilt house, igloo and other structures, they were each awarded a certificate of participation.

All first graders were also treated to a discussion with exchange students from around the world who attend G. Ray Bodley High School.