Grade 7 Month 9 The Wonder of Cultural Encounters
Exploring Europe's reasons for the Age of Exploration and Exploitation and its impact on Africa and South America.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connections: As your child takes on an in-depth study of an explorer of their choice, the perspective of the explorer, along with the perspective of the “discovered” people is taken into consideration. Bringing these perspectives together and balancing them within our modern consciousness brings greater awareness and understanding.
Social Studies: Concept: Economic specialization and trade networks can lead to conflict and cooperation between societies.
Connection: As your child studies the age of cultural encounters, it will highlight the challenges of establishing trade networks in already populated regions, and the conflict that ensued.
Math: Concept: Data from circle graphs can be used to illustrate proportion and to compare and interpret. Connection: Your child will work with data and probability. They will work with ratio, percent, decimal and whole numbers to create circle graphs.
For this unit, the learning portfolio will be used for notetaking, brainstorming of ideas, and board game design ideas. It will document the process from research to designing and developing the idea.
Each morning lesson will be used for the project. A significant aspect of this project is time management, organization, and self-regulation. There will be daily guided check-ins with your child to support their learning style, and to offer helpful tools along the way. Your child will research and investigate an explorer of their choice, and then design and develop a board game. A third part of this project is optional, depending on the work pace of your child. The third part can be a journal entry written in the last days of their life, reflecting on their life’s journey. Your child will imagine they are the explorer, and use this opportunity to imagine with hindsight, if there was anything they would have done differently if they could do it over. If there isn’t time for a written entry, you can use the questions as a guide for a discussion with your child. Other options would be to use the Flex Week for the written journal entry.