Published : Friday, February 23, 2018 | 1:21 PM
In Social Studies, Walden School’s 4th and 5th grade classes are studying the 50 states and finding out what makes each state unique. They each created their own imaginary character and a local business or community organization that their character started, based on the real-life communities, geographies, problems, and solutions they had researched from their state. Using a learning technique called Imaginative Inquiry, which places learning in contexts that call for collaborative problem solving and critical thinking skills, the students found out that most of the large government subsidies given every year go to big businesses and corporations. The students then decided that as small business owners, they needed to come together to make their own organization that would promote small businesses. They made signs, posters, mottos, speeches for Capital Hill (to convince lawmakers to create policies that help local businesses and organizations), and the above video.
On Wednesday, they presented their hard work at the 50 State Small Business Fair in the Community Room. Every student were in character as their business owner and answer questions about their state and their business.
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