The Fourth Graders’ Heritage Celebration culminated their social studies and language arts exploration of immigrants and diversity in California. Under Mrs. Gilbert’s excellent direction, the students created collages including specific items from the country they chose to share. They also brought food from that ethnicity to share, and parents were invited to the class to enjoy this celebration.
One aspect of the event centered on three paper loops on which each student wrote. The first loop included a student’s similarities with other children; the second loop stated the differences that make them unique, and on the third loop the students wrote about understanding and affirming each and every individual. These loops were connected with all the others in the class, giving a visual image to the children of how they can recognize differences while working together harmoniously.
Another element of the project focused on proverbs that we use in the US and their counterparts in other countries. For instance, we are all familiar with “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” The Danish version is, “You can force a man to shut his eyes, but you can’t make him sleep.” The American proverb, “Every cloud has a silver lining,” has its Korean equivalent in, “My house burned down, but it was a relief – the bedbugs died”!
One Fourth Grader shared his talented mother who added the holiday spirit to the Heritage Celebration in the accompanying video! Click HERE: Heritage Celebration
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