Ms. Mariam’s students used their five senses to draft an “I am from…” poem and created an image in the reader’s mind about where they come from. One student shared, “I am from a home with shiny floors.” They also compared and contrasted families from around the world this week. They used pictures on the windows to tell how the structure, food, or location of a family can relate to us. Families in the pictures represent the countries of Tajikistan, Kuwait, Great Britain, and Ecuador.
Ms. Madison and her group have been exploring diversity and acceptance through characters and shoes. Acceptance is loving and respecting one another despite our differences. As a group they have been looking at the physical appearance and traits of different characters. Each student had a chance to create their own character and determine their traits. They have moved on to looking at the differences within shoes and the feelings those shoes create for them.
Ms. Katelyn and her group have been exploring diversity by looking at and appreciating people’s differences, such as blindness, artistic ability, athletic ability, and people who may be paralyzed. Our focus has been about people who need glasses or are blind. The students have been immersed in books and pictures that help them understand. Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson helped students compare and contrast themselves to a fictional character who needed glasses. Students also listened to Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne without seeing the pictures, so they were given a small moment to experience what someone who was blind would experience.
Ms. Vonder Haar and Ms. James have been exploring diversity through Windows and Mirrors. A mirror book is one that confirms and celebrates your own reality. It is a book that you can easily make connections to. A window book is when we can look into other life experiences and make and build connections to unknown information and/or cultures. We have read several books and discussed which category they would best fit into. Some of the books we have read are Unique Monique by Maria Rousaki, One Green Apple by Eve Bunting and Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi. Each book has lead to a discussion where we practice critical thinking and explaining our reasoning.