Fourth grade students in Michelle Ecker’s class at Green Meadow Elementary School are learning about the many contributions of African Americans during Black History Month through an integrated approach that involves English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science.
The class began the month by listening to the story “Black is a Rainbow Color” by Angela Joy. After listening to the story, the students were asked to do their part in creating a beautiful world for all of us to live in by completing good deeds throughout the month of February. The good deeds, such as holding the door for someone, calling an elderly relative and helping out with housework are being written on colorful cards and displayed on the classroom door’s window.
Fourth graders at Green Meadow are learning about the many contributions of African Americans during Black History Month through reading, videos, hands-on projects and giving back to the community. #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/V3ITDqmYvt
— East Greenbush CSD (@EGreenbushCSD) February 10, 2022
Each Friday during February, students will learn about an important African American. Last week, students enjoyed two picture books about Katherin Johnson – “Counting on Katherine” by Helaine Becker and “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly, they watched two videos – one about Katherine Johnson and one about the Apollo 13 splashdown and they enjoyed participating in a Kahoot and an EdPuzzle about Katherine Johnson.
Students also completed a STEM project where they built a space capsule and tested it’s “splashdown” times. They ended a fun-filled day by working on a mystery grid picture.
“The children and myself are truly having a blast with our learning!” said Mrs. Ecker.
The class will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. this Friday and Mae Jemison the following week.