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World Sight Day Celebrated at Porter Ridge

 Did you get to see a beautiful sunrise this morning or see a beautiful bird fluttering by? Or even a smile on a loved one’s face? Some people do not get this opportunity each day because they are visually impaired. Sometimes we take our sight for granted. That is why Porter Ridge Elementary participated in World Sight Day on October 9.
World Sight Day is a day that raises global awareness about blindness and visual impairment. This event is hosted by TOMS (http://www.toms.com/world-sight-day) and it is a way for schools and organizations to learn as well as take part in this global event. Across the school, students from kindergarten through fifth grade learned about how 285 million people from predominately developing countries around the world are affected by blindness or visual impairment. Of that 285 million, almost 19 million are children that are affected.
In classes, students talked about what their sight means to them. Students also reflected on why their sight is important in aiding them to live a full-filled life. Students were also encouraged to wear sunglasses inside classrooms and around the school to show their support for this global event. In Ms. Turner’s first grade class, students created their own ‘glammed up glasses’ and they signed a #GiveSight Pledge to bring and spread global awareness about blindness and visual impairment.

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Fourth Grade Students Go Global in Their Studies photo

Fourth Grade Students Go Global in Their Studies

Did you know there are five oceans? Yes, it is true….just Google it!  Fourth Grade students at Porter Ridge Elementary recently learned this new fact, along with so much more during their recent social studies unit on geography.  The unit expanded on lessons about the world and our state of North Carolina.

During the unit of study, students learned the seven continents, five oceans, lines of latitude and longitude and the compass rose.  Students had to label these items on a map. 

The unit was further enhanced by linking the studies to our globalization plan at Porter Ridge Elementary. Each class at PRES has chosen a country in the world to study.  During this geography unit, fourth graders spent time learning about where in the world their class country was located.  The countries that each class is studying this year are as follows: Mrs. Little’s class, Mozambique; Mrs. Morris’ class, Madagascar; Mrs. Timberlake’s class, Honduras; and Mrs. Turner’s class, United States. Students had to learn the continent where their country is found and the name of the country.  Students in Mrs. Little’s class even received bonus points for spelling the name of their assigned country correctly. 

A research tool that we used to find these continents, oceans, and countries was Google Earth.  Google Earth allows students to take a virtual field trip to these locations throughout the world.  As students use Google Earth they can zoom in to see cities, lakes and rivers nearby.  

The second part of this unit focused on our state of North Carolina.  Students had to learn the three regions, bordering states, a major city in each region, the state capital and two major rivers.  To finish the unit, students made a salt-dough map of North Carolina that included the landforms (flat, rolling hills and mountains) of the three regions.

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