Fourth grade had an exceptionally special learning day today as we integrated our thoughts on the inauguration of our new President, MLK Day and Martin Luther King Jr.s civil disobedience based on non-violent protest, the women's march all over the world, why some people are nervous about our new President, what we can do - every one of us to make the world a caring place.
The students watched: A short 3-minute video, of a young Arab-American named Karim Sulayman. He set himself up across the street from a Trump tower in New York, blindfolded:
We discussed what this man did and why? We considered how people need a community which is what religion and country do for people. That belonging to a community helps people feel supported and helps them realize there is something bigger than them - something more important that just focusing on their own needs. Once you stop just lookijg at yourself, you can look outward and be part of a caring community.
We watched https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictures.html to view the march from all over the world.
We then linked our Chanukah message of being leaders to protect freedom with MLK’s and the women’s marches same message and what our role can be.
We then watched:
What can we do to promote kindness - www.randomactsofkindness.org
This short film helped us to realize how each individual, every day, can do a part in making the world better by doing random acts of kindness.
We did practice V’ahavta today, a prayer that is about loving God for the guidance of the commandments which again links to our responsibilities to be a caring community.
Homework this week is to do at least one random act of kindness and be ready to tell the class about it next week.
Some students have Hebrew practice on page 31.