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ESAA Students Collaborate During Visit to Indian Mound Park

The second and fourth grade students from the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) recently went on a field trip to the Effigy mounds in Indian Mound Park in Black River. The second graders are currently studying the Native American tribes of Wisconsin, as well as mapping and plotting points on a graph. Each second grader was teamed with two fourth graders, who are currently studying the state of Wisconsin and its history.

Prior to the trip the teams met to share each other's knowledge of Wisconsin Native Americans and to practice plotting points on a graph by playing Battleship.

At the park each team needed to identify the mounds on a map and plot points. The classes used a "step inside" thinking routine to think like a Native American and to discuss the living situation and choice of location for the Ho Chunk tribe. The students finished their field trip with a scavenger hunt on the nature trail. The purpose of the field trip was to give students the opportunity to enhance their learning and work together with two different grade levels.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 5, 2010