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Katy Green

Allie Shoaf
Community Resource List
Community: Loudoun County, Virginia
Grades: 4th and 5th grade
We thought it would be beneficial to focus on math, science, and history because these
are subjects that students may have a hard time applying to real-world situations.
Science SOL 4.9 - The students will dig deeper in the natural resources of Virginia with a
Naturalist guest speaker from the Broadlands Nature Center. The Broadlands Nature
Center is located in the middle of our community with a lot of information and learning
experiences to offer. The Naturalist is someone who could come into the classroom to
help discuss and evaluate student’s work on Virginia’s plant and animal natural resources.
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Science SOL 5.4- The students will use their knowledge of matter and atoms to create a
3-D model of an atom. A guest speaker, Rebecca Kamen, a professor from Northern
Virginia Community College, could then come into the classroom to discuss the bridge
between science and art. Professor Kamen specializes in representations of science as
beautiful art pieces. She is a noted artist-sculptor and professor. Her works can even be
found in the Duke Hall of Great Arts at James Madison University.
More information can be found on her website.
Math SOL 4.13- With a focus on probability and predicting an outcome, the class will be
presenting projects to Rachel Powell, who works with the George Mason University
Center for Economic Education. She is the program coordinator and teaches many
workshops for teachers involving economics and mathematics education. By Ms. Powell
joining us in the classroom the students would be able to see the long-term benefits of
mathematics through various activities and methods of application.
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History SOL VS.4- Students will have colonial visitors come to the classroom and the
visitors will interact and help to review students projects about life in colonial Virginia.
Students will have created a project that the visitors can ask questions and help to prompt
heir findings in order to dig deeper in their thinking. These colonial visitors will be
joining us from Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia. If it is possible, a visit
to this farm would be very beneficial, especially after students have learned a great deal
about colonial Virginia.
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Writing SOL 4.7- Students will meet and interact with Mary Batten and Rachelle Burk
who are popular children’s book authors. They will be able to ask the authors about the
process of writing and the process of publishing. The authors could also bring in a variety
of books for students to begin to look at the process of writing for a purpose.
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SOL USI.1- Citizenship- Students will meet with and interact with Delegate Tim Hugo
about citizenship and government matters. Delegate Tim Hugo can help to begin to
explain the idea of government to the children in a more in depth and much more
personal way.
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Health and Safety- Students will meet with and talk to police officer Paul Mandiak, who
is police officer on Capitol Hill. If possible, he could bring in his partner, Niko, who is a
beautiful German Shepard. Officer Mandiak will communicate important safety tips and
ways to keep students and their families safe.
Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum- Students will meet and talk with a volunteer guide
from the museum. They will be able to ask questions about WWII exhibits, aircrafts,
satellites and space travel. Through this interaction students will gain a better insight into
topics that were previously unrelated to their daily lives.
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Mount Vernon- Students will interact through distance learning videos which provide
students with information directly from Mount Vernon. Along with the distance learning
there is a virtual tour available that takes the students on a tour as if they were visiting the
home of George Washington, which is a beneficial tool if the funds for a field trip are
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Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum- Students will interact with a volunteer from this
museum. They will be able to ask questions about the people who founded Loudoun
County, as well as, farming and what it takes to be a farmer. Through interacting with
these volunteers students will gain a new perspective of how people elsewhere live and
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Oatlands Plantation- Students will have a chance to interact with a volunteer from the
Oatlands Plantation. Through this interaction students will be able to learn about the
history of plantations, including topics such as farming and slavery.
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Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery- Students will interact with a volunteer
from the battlefield. Through their interactions and questions students will learn more
about the battles that occurred within their own county and hopefully gain a new
perspective to the history that lies beneath their feet.
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Leesburg Animal Park- This animal park allows students to interact with and explore new
animals. They have a program called Zoo To You which brings animals to your school.
This would be a great way to let children interact with animals that they may have only
read about previously.
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Library of Congress- Through the Library of Congress website, students can take virtual
tours of the buildings around Washington, D.C. With the ability to tour a famous building
from the classroom students will have a better understanding of the importance of historic
buildings such as the Library of Congress.
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