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Diversity Days


from Kevin H.’s photostream @ Flickr

It is Diversity Week at McHarg Elementary!

We want to understand how we are all alike, all different and that we have strength in our diversity!

Tuesday – different shoe day; 2nd graders sharing about cultures within our country, and Dr. Richard Bay from Radford University will be here at 9:00 for an assembly on African and Mexican communication.

Wednesday – Black and Gold Day – Pierson Prioleau of the Super Bowl Champions, New Orleans Saints will be here!

Thursday – crazy hat day – Mrs. Patterson’s class will be sharing a song in sign language.

Friday – Wear clothing from a different culture, R.U. tennis team will be guests on morning announcements, and Mr. Al Wojtera from Radford University will bring drums from different countries to demonstrate in a school-wide assembly.

Diversity Jeopardy

We have learned so much about diversity throughout the past two weeks! We talked about what makes us diverse and unique, what diverse culture’s contribute to their communities, and the American values that unite diverse communities.

If you would like to continue learning about diversity you can play Diversity Jeopardy or visit the Diversity WikiSpace. Thank you all for being respectful of our differences and being so excited to learn more about diversity!

~Ms. Berfield


Musical Diversity

Our guest speaker today was Mr. Wojtera. He came from Radford University with a few of his world percussion instruments to demonstrate how different cultures express themselves musically.

His visit was enjoyed by everyone in our class!

Monday with the Wonderful Ones

thanks to fontplaydotcom on flickr

Our book reviews today feature two African American authors.  Auna will write her review of Brown Angels An Album of Pictures and Verse.

Auna reports: Beautiful pages!   I love it.  It is a cute book.  Walter Dean Myers made it.  He found lots of pictures that are old.  He searched probably for a long time until he found more of them.  They were pretty cute pictures and the whole class liked them.  Some of them are babies.

Drake is commenting today on Carousel by Donald Crews.  This book has a simple text, but very powerful pictures.  The students could recall being on a merry-go-round or carousel and getting dizzy!    We have read several Donald Crews books to add to our Diversity Rocks! Challenge poster.

Drake reports: I thought Carousel was a cool book.  I liked the part where it went really fast.

Wonderful Ones on Wednesday!

Today we have two student reporters sharing their Diversity Rocks! picks.  Abby chose The Empress and the Silkworm, by Lily Toy Hong.  It is a Chinese folktale about how the silkworm was discovered.  Belle chose the Native American tale called Star Boy.

Abby writes: I like the pictures and I like when the lades took tea and took the cocoons and dipped them in.  I really liked the silk robe the ladies made.

Belle reports: I like it because it was pretty.  It had a little girl and she went up to the sky with the sun and the moon.

We are working on our voice thread about famous Americans.  We should be finished tomorrow, so come back and hear what we have to say about these great people!

Here is a Lookybook by another Native American author.  Enjoy the wonderful words and pictures.

Dog Action Wordle










This is our beautiful wordle!  Each student wrote down three dog action words while Mrs. W. typed them into wordle.  If you haven’t tried this before, it’s not that hard!  Use Jing to capture the screen image.  Sue Waters talks about all the issues in her post.  Check it out! 

The larger the word, the more times it occured in the students’ answers.  We usually have been making these ‘word webs’ on the smartboard, but this seems much more fun.  We will try taking this image and pasting it into our smart notebook file where the word web would have been written.

Jordan chose our book today.  It was Sukey and the Mermaid.  We loved this book!  Our students gasped at the what was happening on each page.  It reminded us of so many different fairy tales.  We had some technology services unavailable to us today, so Jordan will be back tomorrow with her post, as well as Wednesday’s student.  

Projects in the works: Photo Story 3 for our friends in Australia, update on the Diversity Rocks! Challenge, and more!  Please come back and please leave us a comment!  We love to write back to our friends.

It’s snowing again, Wonderful Ones!

Our Diversity Rocks! Challenge is going well.  We have had six students choose books by authors of diversity, we’ve listened to them read aloud in class, and that student has written the review on our blog.  Way to go Wonderful Ones!  Today’s African American author pick (by Austin) was The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton and illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Austin reports:  I thought that The Girl Who Spun Gold was a good book.  I liked the gold and the girl who spun all that gold.  Everything was gold!  The girl filled up 2 rooms with gold.  The story had lots and lots of gold and there was a greedy king and a mad queen and some kids.  It was a fun to listen to and at the end the king and the queen lived happily ever after, the end.

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s Chinese New Year!  We looked at sparklers, a Chinese dragon tissue box, little wooden dolls, Chinese paper cut-outs, incense, and chop sticks.  We found out that most of us were born in the year of the horse or the year of the snake.  Heather was the only one that was born in the year of the dragon.

For our Diversity Rocks! Challenge, We wanted to read some books by Asian American authors, so we read Crow Boy by Taro Yashima. We also read Lion Dancer by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Zan reports:  I picked Crow Boy because I thought it would be a good book. I liked the paintings too. There was some Chinese writing in it.

Hello Wonderful Ones!

Join the Diversity Rocks! Challenge






Look what I found!  Our class accepts the challenge and is ready to accomplish the mission!  We will be sure to keep track in the classroom with a list on the wall, posting on the blog, and by adding to our Shelfari list.  We will enjoy classifying our books as much as we will continue to enjoy a diverse collection of literature.