Last week, I wrote about two special learning opportunities occurring for our kindergarten and first grade students. In February, our teachers also utilize Black History Month, Groundhog’s Day, and President’s Day as a springboard to student learning.
During Black History Month, students throughout our district study the accomplishments of famous African Americans. The contributions of contemporary figures such as former President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas are topics of class discussions. The accomplishments of more historical individuals such as George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Rosa Parks are also the focus of instruction. While our younger students read about Ruby Bridges, who as a six year old child became known as the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South, our students in the intermediate grades may learn about and read some of the books written by Virginia Hamilton, who is one of the greatest African American authors of children’s books.
Groundhog’s Day is used as an opportunity to predict, graph, and learn about weather patterns. Students learn about hibernation, different animals, shadows, and legends. Teachers also read various children’s books and develop writing prompts centered around Groundhog’s Day.
Additional educational activities are geared around President’s Day. In addition to learning about the duties of our President, our older students discuss the three branches of government and the responsibilities of each. Younger students learn about the accomplishments of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, as well as other presidents. Students at every grade level personalize their learning through writing prompts such as “If I were the President of the United States I would…” or by researching the different presidents and then choosing one they admire and writing a report.
In our classrooms, it is our staff members that teach and inspire our students by providing them with a wealth of learning opportunities. I appreciate their hard work and creativity. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.