Friday, February 6, 2009

African American History

Today we had a celebration in the library to end the 5th grade Famous African American unit of study. The students learned about accessing information from the biography section and the EBSCO databases. The children took the information they found into the computer lab where they created booklets. They were really amazing! Today the three classes mixed together to share their findings and enjoy some hot coco.
Our students live in a suburb where there is not a large amount of cultural diversity. I wanted to give the children a sense of the discrimination the people they researched went through without putting a negative slant to the celebration. I read the book Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles. It is a beautifully written story about a little boy realizing some people feel others are different because of their skin. After the story, I showed a movie created by students at Skyview Elementary.
It was quite a day! I love my job!

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