| In the first grade unit about Mesoamerican civilizations, LCS students learn about the journey across Beringia, a land bridge that existed between Asia and current-day Alaska. People who made that journey had to bring everything they had with them. Today, third graders took a similar journey, albeit on a smaller scale. The lodging, clothing, and other goods they carried were part of their Native American Dioramas and the journey was between their homes and the Lyceum.Morning drop-off at the Lyceum always has a sense of excitement as students race to efficiently exit vehicles while traffic volunteers and teachers dance to upbeat music. Today, that energy was magnified as every third grader had the additional task of collecting their dioramas from back seats, hatchbacks and truck beds. In many cases, parents had to get out of the car to help. In a few instances, the dioramas were so large and heavy that they required an adult to help carry them into the building.
The Native American Diorama assignment was sent home weeks ago by history teacher Mr. Jason Martin. Students were asked to create a miniature lodging in an accurate environment for various indigenous people, such as the Sioux, the Inuit or the Plains Tribe. The variety and ingenuity of the finished products were on full display this morning as dioramas were placed on tables in the hallways for display.