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Unit II Transforms Classroom into the Pacific Northwest

Unit II students have already visited the ice age this year, now they’re traveling to the Pacific Northwest. The lesson is part of Unit II’s global discoveries unit, which combines social studies and science to teach students in a hands-on way. Students are learning about the Native Americans who lived in the Pacific Northwest by immersing themselves in lessons about how they lived. Second- and third-graders constructed a Native American village in the classroom and constructed totem poles. The room also includes coniferous trees and a paper Pacific Ocean. Students learned about the flora and fauna of the region, as well. They studied the life cycle of salmon and learned about the cedar trees that dot the area.