Hawthorne Elementary School

Tulsa, OK

Grades K-5, Social Studies
Partner(s): Patricia Whitfield
Innovation Grant
2006, Winter

About this Grantee

Mrs. Surber and Ms. Whitfield implement an interdisciplinary study of Asia to increase their urban students’ exposure to different cultures. Students research language, customs, geography, and currency in Asia and compare their findings to what they know about American cities. Using this knowledge, students plan a trip to China and teleconference with students in the cities they have studied. Students learn how to reserve airline tickets and how apply for a visa and passport before actually traveling to China. When they return from China, students create travel posters, brochures, and maps based on their trip and use these materials to teach students in other schools about what they have learned.

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