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Welch 2nd / 3rd grade crew

Welch Crew News: January/February 2016

Welch crew girls making lifelong friends on the ski trails.
Welch crew girls making lifelong friends on the ski trails.

Expedition Express

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: As we wrap up our fall Expedition, we turn our focus to Case Study #3: Railroad: Good or Evil. Learning Target: How did the Transcontinental Railroad affect the Native Americans?  Our crew as been learning and reading about the positive and negative effects the railroad brought to the western United States. Students will learn how to write an opinion paragraph stating their opinion with supporting reasons and examples.

Questions to ask:

  • How did Native American tribes feel about the Transcontinental Railroad? Explain why.
  • Describe how Native Americans and U.S. soldiers treated each other during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Give examples of how the railroad was good and how it was evil.

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Welch Crew News: November/December 2015

Expedition Express

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Students continue to CHUG along on our Transcontinental Railroad Expedition. As students continue to learn about the nitty gritty to one of our country’s greatest achievements, we are also learning about the economic and cultural effects of the railroad. Students have been hard at work, taking notes from non-fiction texts, creating a timeline of events, and writing historical fiction friendly letters from the viewpoint of a Chinese laborer on the Central Pacific Railroad.

Questions to ask your child about their learning:

  • Why was building the railroad over the Sierra Nevada difficult?
  • What were some of the obstacles the Central Pacific Railroad workers faced while building the railroad?
  • Explain the “Race to the Finish” and how did the two railroad companies celebrate?

Currently, we are working on our Final Product, Chautauqua, which is a first person account of a historical figure. Each student has chosen a key player on the Transcontinental Railroad to portray at Celebration of Learning on December 17. Now is a great time to begin working on your outfit (costume) for your performance. Students know what type of outfit to wear, but if you have questions, please ask. Continue reading Welch Crew News: November/December 2015