Saturday, October 11, 2014

Peace Pole at Brown v. Board

 Last spring my 3rd grade students created a Peace Pole to represent Kansas in the Youth Art Peace Pole Project and last month on the International Day of Peace, the Peace Pole was displayed at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. It worked out for the students, now in 4th grade, to go on a field trip to the NHS during the week the Peace Pole was on display.
 Ranger Angela addressing the students before entering. She explained segregation and integration.
 Here are some of our group entering the building, formerly Monroe Elementary School.
 The students were excited to check out the Peace Pole. Many didn't get to see it totally completed since it was so close to the end of the school year.
 Each class rotated through stations. There were two galleries to explore, a video about "Fair is Fair", an activity about including others in the period Kindergarten classroom, and an art activity where students brainstormed ways they can show peace.
I hope to go back to Brown v. Board some time without 123 4th graders to help monitor!

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