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Reading Update

posted Nov 10, 2016, 1:28 PM by Halina Nawrot   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 1:28 PM by Benjamin Moss ]
This has been a very busy and fun-filled week of reading!

On Monday, Ms. Tanya Prime visited our classroom to make a presentation on Ethiopia and the Sudan. The focus was on refugee camps and the role that charitable organizations play in helping war ravaged parts of the world.

We watched three short, but powerful, videos  showing life inside a refugee camp. We saw children in huge numbers gathered under a tented area. Here, a make shift school was trying to normalize children's lives by providing an opportunity for them to be educated - boys and girls. 

We watched airplanes drop supplies which are so desperately needed in the camps. Driving to the camp site is sometimes too dangerous or simply impossible because of the destruction to roads and infrastructure.  

We talked about the importance of access to clean water. How one of the jobs of girls and women is to carry water daily so their families can survive. We heard how girls, even today, do not have the same opportunity or access to education as boys in some countries.

It was a very informative and interesting presentation. Thank you so much Ms. Prime.

This week we continued with our research into the history of Germany from 1930 -through 1963 and up to the present day. Germany, actually Berlin, the setting of our new book, A Night Divided. We decided to replace the "Selfies wall"  with a display relating to the Berlin Wall. Students are working on researching and designing graffiti to replicate how the Wall looked from  1960's to 1980's. The spray paint is loads of fun - sorry mom's! Other students are researching if and how the flags of Germany have changed from 1930 to the present day. One student is looking into who actually built this wall, who paid for it, what it cost and who erected it.  Another student is reproducing maps of Europe to illustrate how the boundaries of Germany have changed and why. As we get into the book, we will undoubtedly find other fascinating aspects to delve into and share.


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