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Fifth Grade Unit: ENGAGE

Engage:
VIRTUAL TOUR OF LATTA PLANTATION, COLONIAL USES DISCUSSION, TIMELINE.

KEY CONCEPTS

• Geographic distribution
• Adaptation to specific climates
• Immigration and Settlement
• Colonial Times, colonization
• Westward Expansion and the Agrarian Economy
• Your state or the United States

SUMMARY

View the slideshow about Latta Plantation located near Charlotte, N. C. Several of the components of immigration are introduced at once, as well as the concept of adaptation as a mechanism for reproduction and survival. Discuss these themes after the show. Students learn they will be visiting a heritage farm with rare breeds and they will be doing research about the breeds. The students create a wall-length timeline from Colonial time through to today. Later, they will attach their research posters to it with yarn.

 

Materials needed

CD, projector, Latta.ppt

 

DIRECTIONS

1. View the slideshow about Latta Plantation located near Charlotte, N. C. Several of the components of immigration are introduced at once: Students hear how rare breeds came to the US from different places, at different times for varying reasons.

2. Students are also introduced to the Science theme of adaptation: Unique traits such as good mothering abilities can be adaptations used for survival. Producing a valued product also determines survival for a domestic animal.

3. Discuss these themes after the show as they apply to rare breeds, then expand and talk about other immigrants to the United States.

4. Tell students they will be visiting a heritage farm with rare breeds and they will be doing research about the breeds. They will each adopt a breed to research its story, it's unique traits and adaptations. What made it desirable then, and why is it rare today?

5. The students create a wall-length timeline from Colonial time through to today. Later, they will attach their research posters to it with yarn.

6. If time allows, go back through the slideshow and have pairs work together to research the information in the show and create signs based on the information in the show such as "1492, Columbus imports domestic poultry to the United States". (Be sure students check all facts with an internet search. For example, one source claimed that Columbus imported the poultry on his second voyage. )

 

RESOURCES

www. albc-usa. org

Navigating the Unit

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5th - Supplement

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