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planned with great activities!
I love Fridays for more than just the obvious reasons. Friday mornings, my best friend, teaching partner, neighbor, etc. and I get our groups together for a weekly culminating activity. We choose something that has been a focus of the week or perhaps a topic that needs some additional learning.
Today, our focus was Martin Luther King, Jr. and it sure was a fun morning! We started off the morning by allowing only the boys to sit in the front on the coveted ABC rug. We also allowed the boys to take off their shoes to "cool off" their feet (VERY special treat: You must always wear shoes in school, right?) and, to top it off, we asked the boys if they were hungry and gave them each a small treat. All the while, the girls were looking on with disbelief and feeling rather shorted. We had to cut the activity a little shorter than we planned due to 2 girls who began to cry (don't worry, I believe they were truly upset, BUT they are also my two I have referred to the Academy Awards as well, if you get my drift. This "unfair" activity led to a great discussion between the sexes and really brought out some great qualities in our students as well. As I was handing out the treats to the boys, one of my incredible boys (who coincidentally is African-American) said, "Hey, what about the girls?" as he watched them looking so defeated sitting in the back on the plain gray rug.
Next up? Our eggs-periment. Each of us had an egg, one brown and one white. We told the children we needed an egg for a project and then we each tried to persuade all of the students that our egg was better, basically just based on the color and outside of the egg. In the end, of course, the eggs were exactly the same on the inside and you know how the discussion ends. Interestingly enough, the students were, ultimately, loyal and decided which egg they liked based on who their teacher was. Ha ha! It seemed to get the point acrossed in a simple way though.
We also did a directed drawing of none other than the "king" as you can see below. I think her interpretation of MLK Jr. is priceless with a crown and everything:
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