4th Grade Documentarians

4th Grade Documentarians Imagine you are a reporter for National Geographic. Your assignment is to create a documentary using historical photographs and engaging narrative to teach other elementary school children about migration and its effects on the world.

This is exactly what the students in 4th grade are trying to accomplish as a final assessment for their Migration social studies unit.

Over the past 5 weeks, students have been examining major historical migrations, including The Atlantic Migration (Europeans traveling to America in the late 1800s/early 1900s), The Great Migration (African Americans moving from the South to the North), and the consistent seasonal migration of  workers around the world (focusing on both the Mexicans and Chinese).

Throughout these investigations, students have been trying to answer the essential questions:  Why did people migrate in the past? Why do people migrate now? What are positive and negative effects of migration on people’s lives? What are positive and negative effects of migration on the environment?

Students have taken these questions to heart and have found very personal connections to them. By interviewing family members and examining their own migration stories, the fourth grade realized that each of our lives has been shaped in some way or another due to migration.

With the assistance of Mark Barbar in technology, the fourth graders have been working hard to assemble a Photostory documentary.  With a  minimum of five presentation slides and high expectations for the narration of the project, everyone is putting forth their best effort to create a National Geographic-worthy presentation.

How has your own life been shaped by migration?  Where have your journeys taken you? Have you finally found a place you call home, or has your migration story just begun?

The students’ final projects will be posted on their homeroom teacher’s website; if you get the chance, please visit and  take a look at all of fourth grade’s hard work!

To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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