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    East Cooper Montessori Charter School offers 7 Lower Elementary environments.  Each classroom has an approximate 1:12 educator/student ratio.  As a public charter school. each lead teacher is South Carolina certified, as well as Montessori trained in the area which they teach.  In addition, ECMCS also provides inclusive Gifted & Talented Programming.  Therefore, each lead teacher is Gifted & Talented Endorsed by the State of South Carolina Board of Education. 

    Lower Elementary students are at an exciting time in their education, growing into avid geographers, expressive writers, developing readers, budding mathematicians. The Lower Elementary Program stresses basic skills in arithmetic and language, but children are encouraged to use these tools to extend and enrich their learning, and to explore subjects of their own interest at greater depth. Concrete materials are used to teach math and grammar, while other materials are drawn from real life to teach about geography, world cultures, science, and human experience.

    At this age, children seek greater social and intellectual independence. Within this developmental shift, students build on physical and academic skills developed during their Primary years. They develop personal strategies for learning, continue making choices, and begin to find the passions that will carry them into adulthood. They seek opportunities to work in groups with both older and younger students, and embrace larger projects that require more integration of learning.

    As children become more independent and responsible, their style of learning shifts from fact absorption to questioning and reasoning. They become curious about the origins of life and the structure of the earth. We respond to and encourage this curiosity by including geology, biology, botany, zoology, geography, and history in our Lower Elementary curriculum.


  • Historical Characters

     

    Welcome to Historical Character for Lower Elementary! Below we have listed the directions for this year’s research project and hope that you will find them user friendly and geared toward your child’s age/grade level. The one change this year is that we are not requiring the students to write a formal research paper. Each class will be going through the process of how to research a person from history during class time to give them some exposure to the concepts before your work on this assignment at home. We hope that your child enjoys learning about an important person in history and we can’t wait to see how they portray their character during presentations!

     Week 1: Choosing a Character

    1. If your child is a 1st or 2nd grader, he/she may choose any historical character that is deceased and has some historical relevance. Please find and print the week 1 sheet on the ECMCS website. 
    2. If your child is a 3rd grader, he/she must choose a historical character that is deceased and has relevance to South Carolina. Please find and print the week 1 for 3rds on the ECMCS website. There is a list of historical figures from South Carolina to help guide your selection.

    ***For 1 and 2 grade levels: Consider choosing a character that you can research and find information. If you choose someone that doesn’t have a lot of info you may have a hard time completing the assignments.

      Week 2: Start your Research

    1. Please find and print the week 2 sheet on the ECMCS website. 
    2. Help your child find several research sources. They can be Internet, magazines, or books.
    3. Your child should fill out the worksheet in complete sentences for that week.

    *** 1st year friends are required to use 1 source but may use more. 2nd years must use 2 sources or more, and 3rd years must use 3 sources or more.

      Week 3: Continuing Research

    1. Please find and print the week 3 sheet on the ECMCS website.
    2. Your child should start a collection of his/her research this week. You may need to help a child who is not fully reading at this time. Make sure that he/she is doing the majority of the work that you are simply helping!
    3.  Your child should fill out the worksheet in complete sentences for that week. 

     Week 4: Start Planning an Oral Presentation

    1. Please find and print the week 4 sheet on the ECMCS website. 
    2. Your child should start filling out the Planning an Oral Presentation sheet in order to help him her get ready for the final push.

    Week 5: Start working on note cards and complete the Planning an Oral Presentation sheet

    1. Please find and print the week 5 sheet on the ECMCS website.
    2. Your child should consider how he/she wants to present to the group. Consider costume, props, note cards, etc.
    3. Your child should spend this week working on their notecards, practicing his/her oral presentation and completing the final Planning an Oral Presentation sheet.

      Week 6: Note cards

    1. Please make sure your child brings his/her final Note Cards to class on Wednesday. (We do not have school on November 3rd, Election Day)
    2. They will start practicing speaking in front of one another. Remember that ALL 2nd and 3rd year students are expected to present. ALL 1st years are required to do the research but can choose if they would like to present.

    Week 7: Final Presentation

    1.  Each class will have an assigned time. We will invite parents when we have more information about times. It should be fun and we look forward to hearing and seeing all of your child’s hard work.

     

    Historical Character Rubrics
    Historical Character Rubric 1st Grade.pdf
    Historical Character Rubric 2nd-3rd Grade.pdf

    Week 1
    historical character week 1 for 1st and 2nd graders.pdf
    historical character week 1 for 3rds.pdf

    Week 2
    Historical Character Research week2.pdf

    Week 3

    Historical Character Week 3 for 1st years only.pdf
    Historical Character Week 3 for 2nd and 3rd graders.pdf

    Week 5
    Planning an Oral Presentation Week 5.pdf