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National School Walkout Day – Part 1

National School Walk Out – Part 1
March 14th, 10-10: 17 am

Today’s Social Studies Topic: Importance of using your voice, peaceful way of changing something that is unfair.

We started today, Monday 12th, in our usual way, with a cursive writing of a quote and a Reflection. Today’s Quote of the Week was “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful a lot, Nothing is going get better. It’s not” by Dr. Seuss

As we finished sharing our reflections we proceeded to read out loud the Scholastic News article Kids Fought for Change 1. And to deepen our understanding, we watched a movie about Civil Rights Movement, How Kids Changed the World2. At times, we paused the movie and engaged in small groups and whole class discussions to gain understanding how the action of few caused change.

We examined the principles of nonviolence, MLK and Gandhi, and considered the fear of change.

This lesson laid the foundation for discussion about the National School Walkout. I showed them this photo and asked them (with a partner) to discuss and infer what this photo might be about. (who, where, why…)

It was apparent that most of the students (10) knew what this photo represented. I gave students that were unfamiliar with the event or topic to step out of the room. No one chose to leave.

 

What followed was an honest, developmentally appropriate and emotionally safe discussion about the event. What we focused on was how the tragedy propelled the students to become activists and use their voice to ignite a gun debate and to call on Congress to pass tighter gun control goals.

I then informed the class of the National School Walkout that is scheduled to take place across the country on March 14th at 10:00am-10:17am. And that anyone, students, teachers, parents and administrators across the country were invited to take part in the walkout.

I shared with the students that the middle school was planning to participate in the walkout by creating signs to promote the gun debate on the corner of Belgatos Road and Blossom Hill Road. Three students expressed the interest in joining the MS.

As for the 5th grade, I proposed a quiet walk out, to sit/lay quietly on the grass by the Mulberry sign, not to engage in gun debate but to express our support and unity to the students and teachers nationwide and to honor the lives that were lost during this horrific event. Finally, we discussed how as individuals, we need to feel right in our own heart when we are called to action. And sometimes, feeling right means not participating. We talked a lot of the importance to respect and honor each other’s decision. I spoke with Kara and Mimi. I have support from both.

Here is the outcome:

  • For the three students who want to do the walk out with MS, I will ask the parents to sign the permission slip.
  • The students choosing not to participate will stay in the classroom with a staff reading an article on civil rights and writing a reflection.
  •  As for the rest, we will be on the lawn by the Mulberry sign. If you want to join the students, you are welcome.

One favor I ask is that the student’s choice, no matter which they choose, be honored.

Kindly,
Halina
5th Grade Teacher

 

1 https://sn3.scholastic.com/issues/2016-17/021317/kids-fought-for-change.html

2 https://sn3.scholastic.com/issues/2016-17/021317/kids-fought-for-change.html#TeachingResourcesComponent