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Welcome to Miss Watkins' and Miss Manley's Second Grade Classroom!



Dear Parent/Guardian,      

 We are about to begin a new unit over traditions and diversity.  This unit is very important not only because it covers numerous state standards, but also because there are diverse cultures and diversity found right here in our classroom! Students must learn to respect the similarities and differences among their classmates, peers, and all people. By understanding that everyone is unique in his or her own way, students will be able to see that each of us is part of the melting pot! 

 Throughout the unit, students are going to be engaged in exciting and engaging lessons and activities.  I have incorporated art, writing, reading, and storytelling, all into this fun literacy! Isn’t it wonderful how all these things can tie into one topic? Students will create stories; fill out engaging worksheets worksheet and other engaging creations! They will also be acting out well-known fairy-tales, and they will take a field trip to Valparaiso University for a lesson on Native American culture! 

 This is going to be a wonderful experience for each student! I would love to have parent volunteers to join us in our cultural journey, so please fill out the paper below if you are interested in joining us. I will also need a permission slip completed for each child to be able to go on the field trip. The permission slip is attached, and needs to be returned as soon as possible. I thank you for your support and involvement, and I look forward to beginning this wonderful unit on cultures and diversity!



 Miss Watkins and Miss Manley


Fieldtrip Information

The field will take place at Valparaiso University Harre union. The address is 1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, IN 46383-6493. 

Click on the box to  see where the students will be going.  


The students recently have been learning about the Native American Culture along with Chinese culture. The student are going to extend their learning of the Native American culture with an opprotunity to go to the local university . While they are on their fieldtrip at the university they will listen to Native American tales and music from native American tribes to further deepen their understanding of the culture. 

The fieldtrip will cost $5.00 for transportation. Students will be transporated from the school to Valparaiso University back to the elementary school. Students will need to bring a sack lunch which includes a beverage. Students should wear comfortable shoes and pants in order to be active in the activities. 

Three Chaperones are needed for the fieldtrip! Please contact by email if interested. 


Poetry is another way by which contemporary Native people can tell their stories of long ago and of today. Poems are written to express all of the human emotions, our relationship with the natural world and everything that is on our minds and in our hearts. The reading of The Earth Under Sky Bear’s Feet: Native American Poems of the Land written by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Thomas Locker is a wonderful way to spark the young reader’s interest in writing and illustrating. After we have gone on our field trip, we will read The Earth under Sky Bear’s Feet: Native American Poems of the land. Students will then think of how nature or the field trip made them feel. Students will be given a graphic organizer to compose ideas to write their own poem on the Native American culture.

*Click the link and printout or read for a fallow up activity after the fieldtrip*


Community Reasources 

What to expand your cultural knowledge? Check out the community reasources!

  1. Valparaiso International Center
  • "The VIC serves as a forum to learn about different cultures through interactive events, festivals, classes and discussion groups. It also provides services that help international residents and visitors to feel welcome and to fully enjoy American culture and rights."

             Located-309 E. Lincolnway

             Phone- 219-464-1122     



         2.  Valparaiso University Office of Multicultural Programs

  • The office offers a variety of programs and services that support learning experiences. Students can participate in diverse extracurricular, co-curricular, and curricular programs that offer identity exploration, development, promote multicultural education. 

?          Located- Valparaiso University 1700 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383



Homework Assignments 

Day 4- Character Map Rough face Girl 

Day6- Character Map Yeh-shen

Day7- Work on PBA

Problem Based Assessment (PBA)

Student create their own version of Cinderella based on their cultural experience. Students will work on a outline, draft, final copy. They will read their stories which will be recorded(given previous consent).


Looking to read more multicultural Cinderella stories? Here are some titles!

1. The Persian Cinderella by Shirely Climo

2. Chinye: A West African Folk Tale by Obi Oneyfulu

3. Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. De La Paz

4. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe


Fun Facts About Our Unit!
1. We will be making paper pag garments to represent the dress of Native American using the story Rough-Faced Girl
2. We will be writing an advice column to our Chinese Cinderella using the story Yeh-Shen
3. We will be making amazing extra crafts if time permits. Let's hope so!