This week we spent time learning about the life of Martin Luther King. We researched him, learned about his new monument in Washington DC, watched a movie about what life would have been like without him, and completed a small project. I was touched to hear some of the comments the students made about events of the Civil Rights movement. The video shared clips about how African Americans and minorities were publicly treated in the 50's and 60's. Needless to say, the students were stunned. We talked about how important it is that we learn about, talk about, and remember the mistakes we made as a country at that time because those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. What a good life lesson overall. I think the kids learned much about why we have off on MLK day each January and I hope they can share and appreciate some of this new understanding with you. We will follow this up with a project in February commemorating Black History Month.
Although I already asked our class to complete works of kindness over Christmas break, we are continuing on our works of kindness at school. While one astute 5th grader commented that these acts are what we try to do to be better people in Lent, we discussed how these are important to do year-round without anticipating any reward in return. As a continued memorial and tribute to the people of Newtown, CT, Mrs. Mummert has asked that teachers find a way to show our students' acts of kindness through a visual reminder. The 5th grade has a chart on our classroom door that students fill in with shamrocks as they are acknowledged that they were observed doing an act of kindness. I told the class this is no contest, there is no reward, and they are not to bug myself or other teachers in attempt to earn more shamrocks. These are merely reminders we can see each day about our kindness that should be continually growing just like our minds and bodies. We started this on Monday and we will continue this through the end of CSW.
We also continued research on our states brochures and after time to work on them at school, these were sent home to be completed. When they came back to school today, students shared them with the class. What great info and "fun facts" that were discovered!
Catholic Schools Week is only 2 weeks away and we are still busy preparing! We prepared our "Spiritual Bouquet" for our CSW Honoree. The students said the following prayers dedicated to the honoree: 228 Hail Mary, 140 Our Father, 38 Act of Love, 94 Act of Faith, 101 Act of Contrition, and 98 Prayer to St. Francis. That is great! I know CSW will be a hectic week so we will be busy bees in the classroom next week trying to get in what we can before chaos ensues!
The Box Tops contest will soon be coming to a close. Please send in your collections so they can count towards our total. Right now, we are already over 300!
Monday: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday: Science Ch 6 Test
Friday: Spelling 14 Test
Have a nice long weekend!