Integration Example:
The History of Me

Core question: What is the History of Me?

  • Social Studies: What is the history of my family, society, and culture?
  • Math: How can the history of me be described with numbers?
  • Science: What is the history of my biological development, my family's inherited traits, and the technology and discoveries in my past?
  • Language Arts: What is the literature, folklore, and mythology of my family and culture?
  • Arts: What is the art of my family and culture?

The History of Me is a project designed to show how memory becomes history. It responds to a developmental understanding of how children perceive time and historical events, beginning with what they know directly and personally, and extending that knowledge out to include more remote experiences. Most children have a strong fascination with their own lives รณ their birthdays, their family events, their homes. All of these take place in a historical context of ancestry and cultural tradition. Sometimes political events have a direct impact on where people move and how they live. The students will explore that idea and use it as the cornerstone of a full integrative learning journey.

The project will include working with maps, gathering oral histories, and examining artifacts. We will look at world maps, country maps, and city maps to identify places where significant events occurred in our family histories. We will also collect photographs from the children's lives and from the lives that preceded them. Students will interview mothers, fathers, and caregivers to hear their life stories. We will study individual birth cultures. We will collect birth stories and create family trees. We will investigate family holidays and traditions.

The study will then extend further to include other influences on our lives: the technology and pastimes that are important to us, the histories of important places, and the books or music or art that have mattered to us, and learn about their origins. The paths of this project will become numerous and complex, as each student develops a unique story. Art and writing will play a role throughout. Students will begin to discover the rich diversity around them and in the lives of their friends.

The project will culminate in the school's annual Learning Exhibition, held a few weeks before summer vacation.

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