ELEMENTARY TAD UNITS OF STUDY 2017-18
Elementary T.A.D. Program
Units of Study- Cluster Three
In the “Investigating Climate Science” unit students explore climate’s potential impact on agriculture, infrastructure, wildlife and the economy of our local region and other parts of the world. Students work in conjunction with the Maryland Coastal Bays Foundation and experts from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Assateague Island State and National Seashores, WBOC, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University, to develop their understanding of current climate issues. Students examine current data, conduct research in order to appreciate different points of view regarding this controversial issue, and create action plans outlining their recommendations for future actions. Students then present their findings to various community stakeholders at the Paul Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center located in Assateague, Maryland.
In the “Simply Shakespeare” unit students learn about the life of Shakespeare, the time period in which he lived, and the works for which he is famous. Students pursue independent research topics that reflect the lifestyles of people who lived during the Elizabethan Era. They then develop and perform original scenes in which they incorporate events that took place during Shakespeare’s time period as well as some of his words and phrases into their characters’ dialogue. Students study the format/structure of Shakespeare’s plays. They then read from selected comedies and tragedies written by William Shakespeare and become familiar with the language, characters and plot lines. Students in each group study one of these comedies or tragedies in detail and then perform various scenes of the play for an audience. This culminating activity takes place in conjunction with a partnership with Salisbury University’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program. Students participate in “Acting Shakespeare” workshops conducted by Robert Smith, artistic director of Salisbury University’s Theatre and Dance Department, who also arranges for students to tour the university’s Black Box Theatre and participate in behind-the-scenes sessions with the technical director and costume designers of the costuming and scenery shops.
In the “Globetrotting” unit students grab their “passports” and discover the culture, geography, and the unique countries that make up each of the seven continents. Throughout the unit, the “world travelers” are introduced to famous landmarks, cultural hotspots, and interesting architectural and natural features of the continents. Students refine their map skills and use their atlases to have a better understanding of the world around us. At each continent, students are engaged in various problem-solving activities such as becoming travel agents by encouraging future travelers to visit these locations, or by finding/developing their artistic sides through creating African masks that represent a tribe and location in Africa.