Peek at the Week

January 11-15, 2016

Monday, January 11

  • Art with Holly

Do: Read 15 minutes

Note: Two permission slips/money are due on Friday.

Tuesday, January 12

  • Music with Janet

Do: Read 15 minutes

PTSA Meeting at 6:30 in Media Center

Wednesday, January 13

  • Gym with Anne

Do: 15 minutes of reading

Bring: Library Books

Thursday, January 14

  • Art with Holly

Bring: STAR folder

Bring: Book Orders (optional)

Do: Read 15 minutes

Friday, January 15

  • Music with Janet

Bring: Completed reading log

Bring: Homework Packet

Bring: Permission slip to Old Cahill School

Bring: Permission slip for Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Bring: $14.75 (payable to ISD 271) for the field trips

Artful Learning

Your child has been studying responsibility. We have studied what responsibilities we have to ourselves and our communities. Now we are studying people in history who took on special roles and responsibilities that shaped our world. Students reenacted a bus scene. Chairs were set up in our classroom to resemble a bus. Certain areas of the bus were designated for people who were dressed in a particular way, "shoelaces" vs. "no shoelaces". Students were not given the option to sit anywhere they pleased. They had to follow the designated seating. In some cases students had to give up their seat for someone who didn’t have one.


We froze the scene and talked about how it felt to be in the assigned role. We then switched roles so students could experience a different perspective, stopping again for discussion. This activity was followed by listening to a story about Rosa Parks.


The first graders learned that Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was riding the bus on her way home from work one day in 1955. Buses in Alabama were segregated in 1955. Rosa was asked to give up her seat for a white man who didn’t have a seat. Rosa refused and was arrested. This event was followed by a bus boycott that lasted for over a year and helped to change laws.


The first graders talked about rules and laws they noticed in the story. They will infer what it was like to be a passenger with Rosa that day. They will write in the voice of a passenger about what they witnessed and how they felt about it.


We will talk about MLK and Ruby Bridges. There is a Disney movie about Ruby Bridges, but I would NOT recommend your child watching it.

MLK Day - January 18

We will discuss who Martin Luther King was and why he is so important. We will read Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and we will look at excerpts from Dr. King’s famous speech, "I Have A Dream". Here are some interesting facts:

-Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986.

-After the Civil War, slaves were freed, but they did not have equal rights.

-Blacks were not allowed to vote or attend white schools.

-MLK wanted to change things, but didn’t want to hurt anyone.

-He was a minister.

-He asked people to quit riding the buses after Rosa Parks was arrested.

-He led a march to support the lunch counter sit-in and was put in jail.

-Children joined his marches.

-1963 he led a march to Washington, D.C. where he gave his famous speech.

-250,000 people were there.

-Millions of people began working for equal rights.

-They followed Dr. King’s rule--meet hate with love.

-In 1964 laws were passed promising equal rights to all Americans.

Upcoming events:

January 18 - No School (MLK Day) and Adelyn's birthday

January 22 - Mayar's birthday

January 25 - No School - Teacher Workshops

January 29 Rally and Spirit Day: Jersey Day

February 2 - Field trip to MIA

February 12 - Jump Rope For Heart

February 15 - No School - President's Day

Febryary 25 - Happy Birthday to Jamison!

February 25 - Field Trip to Old Cahill School

February 29 - Book Fair all week

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