Later Elementary has been tackling a lot of challenging topics since returning from winter break. In literature we are reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. This has brought up a lot of issues of equality, discrimination and justice. We’ve examined Jane Elliott’s work with the blonde eye/brown eye experiment which gave some new perspective in understanding the racism that comes from a group being told they are superior. We also conducted an activity called Cross the Line where students were able to self identity with a variety of statements. It helped students connect with and understand each other more deeply and we’ve gotten some great feedback from this!
Thanks once again to the generosity of the fine arts committee, 4/5s will be taking a field trip to the UMMA on March 8. We will participate in two different programs and are excited about the ways that they will tie in and support our science and social studies curriculum.
Finally, the time is here to begin our biography project. Students have selected their historical figures and will be starting to research and prepare for writing essays. Look for news of the final culmination–our wax museum–in April!