Coralville Central MCGF 2015

MCGF (Multi-cultural/Gender-fair)

Our Goals and Our Plan

The teachers at Coralville Central do a fantastic job of integrating multi-cultural and gender-fair viewpoints everyday in their teaching. This is only a spotlight for what we do all of the time.

MC/GF Goals:

1. Recognizes U.S. and world diversity

2. Demonstrates skills for effective action and interaction between racial, ethnic, sex, cultural, and ability groups

3. Understands self and others as cultural beings within a cultural context

4. Understands dynamics of discrimination, bias, prejudice, and stereotypes

5. Understands how group membership helps determine values, attitudes and behaviors


  • Each grade level will work together to form monthly activities that accomplish our building-wide goals
  • These activities will come from our district-wide curriculum, as well as unique ideas developed by Coralville Central staff

Grade Level Goals

See what our teachers and students are doing to meet the MCGF goals.



1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade



Morning Announcements Women's History Month March 2015 - brought to us by Student Council

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903.

In 1903, Mary Anderson invented the windshield wipers.

Susan B. Anthony was a pioneer activist in the United States. Her work helped pave the way for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, in 1920, giving women the right to vote.

On January 11, 1935, pilot Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.


Morning Announcements for Black History Month February 2015

Student Council was responsible for these informative announcements.

Black History Month is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Both the U.S. and Canada celebrate in February, but in the U.K., it’s celebrated in the month of October.

Beyonce Knowles is the first African American woman to win Songwriter of the Year and has the record for a song being #1 on Billboard Hot 100 for the longest time. “Baby Boy” lasted nine weeks and “Crazy in Love” lasted eight weeks.

In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award (the film industry`s highest honor) for her portrayal of a loyal slave governess in Gone With the Wind.

Martin Luther King Day 2015

While there was no school on Monday, January 19, students at Coralville Central were still learning about Dr. King's life and his teachings.

Our school also had a drive for the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry. Here is the link to communication with parents. It was shared via email, Friday folders, and the Coralville Central Facebook page.

On Friday, January 23, Miss Becca, our Student and Family Advocate, along with three sixth grade Student Council members, delivered the items collected to the food pantry. A monetary donation was also delivered, which was collected from the Coralville Central staff. The Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry volunteers were very grateful for all that was collected. They are only able to buy food items with their budget, and their stock of hygiene supplies are solely based on donations, so our big car load full of these items was especially appreciated.

As a school, we collected:

  • 25 packs of toilet paper
  • 15 packs of diapers
  • 5 bottles of laundry detergent
  • 40 bottles of shampoo/conditioner and soap
  • 35 bars of soap
  • 17 deodorants
  • 3 bags full of food
  • 15 tubes of tooth paste
  • Countless tooth brushes


Here is what our Preschoolers did to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.


The kindergarten classes read Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King. See more of their work here.

First Grade

First graders were busy dreaming in January. Not day dreaming but dreaming of what we would like to make the world a better place just like Martin Luther King! After reading several books about Martin Luther King, each student wrote what their dream was in a thought bubble. Then we took fun pictures of them “thinking” to attach to their writing. Enjoy a glimpse of our rainbow of writings and the BIG dreams coming from first grade by clicking here.

Second Grade

The 2W/5B Buddy Class's amazing mosaic is here!

Third Grade

From Ms. Hocker's Room: Our 3rd grade class talked about the Golden Rule. The same essential golden rule has been taught by all the major religions of the world. The students discussed, planned, and acted out skits where a person was displaying golden rule qualities by helping someone out in one way or another. The students came to the conclusion that if all students followed this simple rule, bullying could be completely eliminated from our school. Check out their Animoto video here.

From Miss Witte’s Room: Through reading books and watching video clips, our 3rd graders used their skills and had fun while completing a Martin Luther King, Jr. Flip-Flap Book! They wrote about who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and what is dream was about. They completed a character traits bubble map and made a venn diagram comparing and contrasting themselves to MLK, Jr. They loved learning about this amazing man and enjoyed showing off their hard work! Check out our Animoto video here.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade students read and discussed books about the life and work of Dr. King. We followed up with a discussion about our own personal wishes and dreams for our school, community, and world. Click here for pictures.

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Vernon’s fifth grade classroom has been learning about the Pay It Forward movement. A group of seven students are reading the book Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hide and discussing how they can make a difference. The class worked in teams to come up with ideas to make their community a better place to live. They have discussed the topics of homelessness in our world and who we can come together to beat it.

Mrs. Bermingham’s fifth grade students listened to and discussed Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech and compiled a list of words that spoke to them. Students selected a word that inspired them the most and wrote an acrostic poem about Martin Luther King Jr. and the difference he made. Click here to see their amazing writing.

2W/5B Buddy Class's amazing MLK mosaic is here!

Sixth Grade

Here is what our sixth graders did to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


In Ms. Jones's Music class, every grade level discussed information on Martin Luther King Jr. and sang songs celebrating his cause. 4th grade in particular took a closer look by viewing photos, listening to part of his “I Have a Dream Speech,” and playing a marching game to celebrate his Freedom March.

Students in 3rd and 4th grade are working on their Optimist Good Reader program packets in Library. As a group, we practiced writing summaries for poetry books. One of the books we read is by Langston Hughes, "My People."

Sixth graders watched the book trailer video of a new book in our library, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. More explanation of this fantastic book focusing on memories of a young girl can be found here.

Teacher librarians are responsible for making sure there are good resources for teachers to use for all MCGF reasons. An Animoto video was made showing Coralville Central teachers the most up-to-date diversity books we have in our library. Click here to see it!

If you are looking for past MCGF lists that were hand-picked by ICCSD teacher librarians, please click here. These books were chosen as the "best of the best."

In PE, kids often play games from different countries.