Dear 3A Parents,
This week we spent our theme classes learning about slavery in the United States. First we read Light in the Darkness, an historical fiction story about an enslaved girl who, with her mother, takes huge risks in order to learn to read. We watched a short video about the triangular trade and learned that in 1619 the first enslaved Africans to be brought to North America arrived at Jamestown, Virginia. We then read Nettie’s Trip South, based on the true story of a ten-year-old northern girl who encounters the ugly realities of slavery when she visits Richmond, Virginia, and sees a slave auction.
Not surprisingly -- and appropriately -- your children were vocal about the absolute unfairness and sadness of slavery. Although it is a challenging and difficult topic, we feel that it is important for our students to have at least some background information about it in order to more fully understand our upcoming study of civil rights and other social justice issues. You may want to touch base with your child around the slavery readings and discussions -- and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.
Other topics to ask your child about this weekend include
- MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, which we watched and discussed yesterday
- Our informational book writing project -- students have chosen topics and written ideas for chapters
- Our work finding main ideas and supporting details in nonfiction texts
- Our science investigation into how water behaves when dropped onto different surfaces
- Our new math unit on Base Five
Enjoy the long weekend!
Miriam and Josh