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Social Studies Comes To Life At Hannibal

Third graders at Fairley Elementary showcased their study of a country’s culture and traditions at a recent cultural fair.

Breann Logan from Yvette Gigliotti’s class creates a video showcasing the culture of India using iMovie.
Breann Logan from Yvette Gigliotti’s class creates a video showcasing the culture of India using iMovie.

Their projects correlated with Common Core social studies curriculum, which teaches students about different communities around the world. Between the entire third grade, Spain, China, Ireland, India and Brazil were represented at a cultural fair held for parents.

“The students built background knowledge of culture through literacy and information texts through the Common Core Modules,” said third grade teacher Yvette Gigliotti. “The module intentionally incorporates social studies practices and themes to support interdisciplinary connections.”

The students researched their countries and worked on several projects relating to the nation’s history and culture.

Hannibal third graders greet visitors into the world of China by saying, “Nín ho,” which means hello in Chinese.
Hannibal third graders greet visitors into the world of China by saying, “Nín ho,” which means hello in Chinese.

The children studied the country’s origins and geographical influences, natural resources, scientific advancement contributions, holidays, heroic figures, music and arts, languages, religion and more.

Students were able to compare and contrast the structure and activities of families and schools from different cultures. Teachers encouraged the students to appreciate and embrace diversity.

The cultural fair allowed each class to see each other’s work and experience every culture studied. The students wore colors of the nation they represented, and parents were even able to sample foreign foods made by the students. The event was well attended and received many great reviews from parents.

“My parents thought the movie I made was pretty awesome!” said Ethan Baker, who created a movie on the culture of India using an app called iMovie on an iPad.

Laurie Osborne’s class learns the history of Ireland’s castles, agriculture, musical instruments, Celtic jewelry and more. Left to right: James Moore, Desiree Brown and Sarah LaFurney.
Laurie Osborne’s class learns the history of Ireland’s castles, agriculture, musical instruments, Celtic jewelry and more. Left to right: James Moore, Desiree Brown and Sarah LaFurney.