Friday, February 27, 2015

4th graders respond to Wilma Rudolph's biography

In library class, 4th graders read the book Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull.   We are always amazed that she was 20 of 22 children (go Mrs. Rudolph!), and also overcame childhood polio paralysis to become and Olympic gold medalist in track and field.

Students recorded video responses to questions after reading the book.  Click the play button on our voice thread below to hear their responses.


Friday, February 20, 2015

4th graders respond to Teammates by Peter Golenbock

In library class, fourth graders learned about prejudice because February is African-American History Month.  We read the story of Teammates by Peter Golenbock, a true account of the day Pee Wee Reese, a white man on the Brooklyn Dodgers, put his arm around Jackie Robinson, the first African-American major league player.

Students were asked to respond to some questions about the story and recorded their responses in the below Voicethread.

Questions:

 1: Explain the statement, “I want a man with the courage not to fight back.”
2: What did it mean when PeeWee Reese put his arm around Jackie Robinson in front of the crowd? What did PeeWee Reese risk?
 3: Describe what Branch Rickey was like.

 4: Pretend you are Jackie Robinson when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. How did you feel? What might have been some of your thoughts?