So much to tell all of you! This month has been a whirl win, we are getting ready to graduate, working on our NWEA testing, final projects of the 4th quarter and going on many amazing learning opportunity outings!
First off we got two more grants funded through Donors Choose!!! This brings us to 4 fully funded projects in less than 3 months! What is even more amazing is that our last 2 projects got funded within hours of being published! We were told that we have some of the fasted funded projects on the site!!!!! Amazing!!!!
Project 3 was titled ” Painting is our Therapy” and we got materials in order to carry out our art and therapy projects, here are some shots of that!
Our 4th Project was titled “How do you want to be Remembered- Advocate Books”. This one was super cool! We got hardcover books and gel pens and materials needed in order to write and create autobiographies! Here we are holding our books, we are starting them this week and are so excited about this!
The books are incredible! They are real hardcover books with blank pages and a cover that can be printed, painted and or decorated. We are compiling our stories now!
Back in November and December Mrs. B put together an interdisciplinary unit featuring the Holocaust and the Novel NIGHT by Elie Weasel. You might remember that we have blogged about this in the past. CPS Teaching Framework features non-fiction and what better book than NIGHT? As a wrap up to our unit we had two very special guest speakers. Mrs. and Mr. Meyer. Both are children of Jewish Holocaust survivors! Both were young children during the war and were gracious enough to come visit our class. Here are some shots of their visit in November.
We turned our room into the setting of the novel!
It was an amazing yet sad and sobering visit. We had tears in our eyes listening to their families stories and experiences. We also talked about Genocide and how similar acts of atrocities occur today around the world. We has many outstanding questions and our patient guests answered them and helped us understand. Here is a shot of all of us and the reception we had after the visit.
Fast forward to this week- we got to finally wrap up our research of the Holocaust with a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Skokie. We have been waiting to go since November! We were buzzing with anticipation the entire bus trip. Once we arrived we were sent through security and Mrs. B explained that the security had to be so stringent because there are still people who like to commit acts of hate. Normally one can’t take photos in the museum but our docent was kind enough to let us snap a few – here are some photos of this amazing place. This was a trip we will never forget. We got to step inside an actual cattle car that had transported Jews into the death camps. There were 20 of us in there and it was cramped and hard to maneuver- we were horrified when we were told the average human numbers were 200-300 Jews per car! This experience brought our research and novel unit full circle- We also discussed that we were meant to attend this trip and become up-standers and not bystanders to life.