What a month! Black history is American history, and, as such, is integrated 365/24/7, but February provides a unique and worthy opportunity to honor, remember and explore the immeasurable contributions of Black Americans.
During this month, our students …
>> Participated in (and helped host!) the Black History Bowl.
>> Explored the impact of Black Americans through multi-media resources including YouTube links, literature, and photography. 🤎 (You can find an amazing daily resource HERE — adapted by our own first grade teacher Melissa Nelson.)
>> Read primary sources from the Civil Rights Movement and explored poetry and works of literature by America’s diverse creatives.
>> Hosted a think-tank to brainstorm utilizing computer programming as a tool to eradicate / reduce discrimination personally and globally.
>> Explored the gospel of Jesus as a demolisher of cultural barriers (i.e. the Samaritan woman at the well), expanding student understanding of Christians’ role in identifying and standing against bias and injustice.
>> Expanded the WWII narrative to dive into the African American experience, including the heroic Harlem Hellfighters.
>> Tapped their toes to the jazz masters, Ella and Louis!
>> Replicated Adinkra symbols from Ghana using CAD software and 3D printing.
>> Designed digital magazine covers and features about both well known and lesser known Black Americans.
>> Wrote about the heroism of Ruby Bridges. (Scroll below to see how our Firsties knocked this out of the park!!)
>> Captured wise lessons and quotes from Civil Rights leaders, applying their words to our lives today.
… and much more!!
These are less than half of the explorations and deep dives that our students took into Black History just just this month. It’s been a wonderful month!! 🤎