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Lori Gordon

After a successful career as a Director of Resource Development in museums and other nonprofit educational settings, Ms. Gordon changed careers in 1998 to become an elementary school teacher. At PS 35, she taught fourth and most recently third grade. She served as grade leader of the fourth grade for 6 years. In this position, she acted as a liaison between administration and her teaching colleagues on the grade. She also coordinated family communications, planned trips, planned and coordinated the fourth grade promotion ceremony as well as the senior class trip. She also acted as a social studies representative from her school at Regional meetings. In 2004, she became one of New York City's first 35 Lead Teachers, a position she currently holds. As a lead teacher, she spends half her time in her own class and the other half of her time helping teachers in their quest to become better at what they do. In this capacity, she attends and delivers professional development as needed.

P.S. 35
Bronx, NY


Instead of a virtual tour of Florida, students "toured" the country of China.

Instructional Objectives

Geography/Map Skills: different types of maps (physical/political maps); parts of maps (key/legend, compass rose, map symbols); using latitude and longitude to help locate places; hemispheres.

Science: life cycle of the silk worm--metamorphosis; cultivation of the silk worm to make silk; climate/weather and how it impacts agriculture; time differences; the endangered Panda and its habitat.

Language Arts: compare/contrast culture and customs in the USA with culture and customs in China; identify and write about folk literature; note taking; identify facts/details; symbols.

History/Culture: Chinese inventions, customs of honoring ancestors, holiday celebrations; places of interest: The Great Wall, Forbidden City/Palace Museum; Terra Cotta Warriors.

Technology Integration

Students who have a computer at home used the Internet to research the customs and culture of China. Web sites used included: Askasia.org, enchantedlearning.com, bookrags.com, tooter4kids.com, asiaforkids.com, beginnersguide.com/china

Student writing was used to assess each project as well as participation. In addition, students also delivered oral reports. A class rubric was developed for each project.

Tips for Teachers

The unit will take about six to eight weeks to complete (2-45 minute class periods a week).

Student Work Samples

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