Monday, February 27, 2017

K-5, Differences Awareness Week

The week of 2/20/17 through 2/24/17 was a very busy week before vacation!  
Here are some of the highlights:

Thanks to our fourth and fifth grade staff for teaching the Changing Perspectives curriculum in their classes this year.  This curriculum focuses on creating an awareness of disabilities. As this was the last week of this unit of study, there were many presentations and simulations which made the learning real!  

Fourth graders watched a show put on by "Puppets in Education" teaching them about visual impairment and blindness.

getting ready for the show

The puppeteers

Team Wonder created pop-up books They walked to the Pierson Library to deliver them for display.  If you happen to be at the library this week, please be sure to check them out!
Setting up the book display

They can be found all over the library

They love a group photo!
Third and fourth grade students participated in simulations, experiencing what it might be like to have a hearing loss, sensory integration problems, poor fine motor coordination and auditory discrimination problems.  Fifth graders facilitated the simulations.  If you see a student in grades 3, 4 or 5, ask them what they learned from this experience!

Fourth and fifth graders also heard from different panelists about their experiences as a person with a disability.  Students asked prepared questions.  Here are some responses from the panelists Joe, Rayonna and Molly:
"Be kind, like people for who they are.  It is important to be confident.  School is a privilege and you need to make it the best experience you can!  My deafness is who I am!  I cherish it.  Forgiveness is powerful."

Happy Vacation Everyone!

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