+ Thematic Study: The Charles River

The history of the Charles River from the Wampanoag Nation, to the European settlers, and finally culminating with mill life in the Industrial Revolution serve as the cornerstone for the Thematic Study curriculum in second grade. Second graders gain factual knowledge while engaging in perspective taking on the diverse historic peoples of New England. Using the following guiding questions, they develop a deeper understanding of our community and the environmental history of the Charles River ecosystem: 

  • What is stewardship? 
  • Who has power and access to land and resources? 
  • What is activism? 
  • What is our responsibility as citizens to our local environment?
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