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Biomes Curriculum (Grades 3-5)

Welcome to an Eight-Week Study of Biomes!

Philosophy of Social Studies at Bank Street

The social studies curricula in the Middle School (Grades One through Four) at Bank Street gradually move from the "here and now" in the 6/7s to "long ago" in the 7/8s and 8/9s, and to "far away" in the 9/10s. Students continue to learn primarily from direct experience; however, as they get older, they also resort to other less immediate sources of knowledge such as books, museums, pictures, documents, and computers. Through this kind of work, children begin to make powerful connections between historical and distant occurrences and the situations they experience in their everyday lives. All of the social studies curricula draw upon and extend children's developing skills as readers and writers. In each study, children have opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary activities that enrich their learning in a variety of ways.

Social Studies Goals of Biomes Curriculum

The goal of the biomes curriculum is to have children develop a better understanding of the various biomes. During this process, students will build curiosity about the world at large and develop a sense of what it is like to live and survive in different parts of the world. Students will gather, use, and interpret evidence to analyze ideas about biomes. They will use field trips, atlases, informational texts, and web sites to find information about topography, geography, climate, plants, animals, and humans in biomes. Students will synthesize all of this information and demonstrate their understanding of how people interact with their environment by creating a three-dimensional model of a biome in Integrated Art. Students will work as a community of learners to take action finding effective ways to protect biomes around the world.

Philosophy of Art

As vital parts of the curriculum at Bank Street, the art and shop programs understand how children learn and grow through interacting with materials at each stage of their development. The school’s art and shop curricula support children in constructing a visual language as they reflect on their experiences and express their understandings of the world. Through artistic investigations, children become better equipped to make meaning from the world around them as they work with raw materials and experience visual stimuli.