In October, we celebrate Unity Day, to show that we stand for kindness, accepting others, and including everyone.  The students were asked to wear orange and they did a great job!  The cooks even helped us out by serving mandarin oranges and orange sherbet for lunch!  You can check out some pictures from the day here!

My classroom lessons this month focused on the same theme - accepting others differences, having the courage to be yourself, and being careful of how you treat others.  

Grades K-2 read the book, "Spookley the Square Pumpkin."  There is also a tv movie by the same name and many of the kids had seen it in the last week or two.  If you haven't seen it yet, you can find the full length movie on YouTube, as well as some of the songs from the movie. 

Grades 3-4 read the book, "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun." This book tells the story of Lucy, who finds the courage to be herself, even though she's a bit different from others.

Grades 5-6 read the book, "Mr. Peabody's Apples." This book, written by Madonna, teaches how damaging rumors and gossip can be.  We also did a fun activity with glitter to show how quickly rumors and gossip can spread, and what a mess it can make. 

All grades were given the opportunity to participate in a coloring contest.  We plan to hang the pictures up as a reminder to ourselves, and each other, about the lessons we learned.  Check them out when you are here for Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 9th! 

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