Face to Face

School Year: 

Kindergarten’s expedition begins by revisiting the string story. Symbols of the Seneca are added to the story and another string is added introducing the arrival of a new mysterious people. Kindergarteners visit the “At the Western Door” exhibit at the RMSC to search for more information about the Seneca. While there, students begin to notice that new people have arrived. These people do not look like the Seneca, but do seem to be interacting with the Seneca, trading materials that serve as clues to their home. Eventually students learn that these people are Europeans. Students learn that the Europeans first settled near the coast before moving onto Seneca land. Kindergarteners begin to discover how the presence of the Europeans began to affect the lives of the Seneca. Students will then focus on settler life. The Stone-Tolan House will become an anchor text from which students gather clues and ask questions about this area’s first settlers. They will focus on the character traits of responsibility and collaboration as they look at the various roles and responsibilities of early settlers.