MLK Day was marked as an important day of learning at OCA. In each division, teachers designed enriching lessons and held important conversations with our students about who Dr. King was and what he stood for.
Early Childhood Center:
Dr. King wanted everyone to love each other, even though we are each different. Classes read the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. In the story the children noticed that each crayon was beautiful and unique in its own way. We looked at ourselves and reflected on how important it is to work together. We had a group discussion in which everyone shared what their dream would be for a safe world. We created a heart collage using rainbow colored dot paints and our fingerprints. We also read I Am Brave by Brad Meltzer and “Good Night, Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper.
Students learned about MLK, Jr. and his lasting impact. They discussed their dreams for themselves, their families, the community, and the world, using the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The K-1st grade wrote a sentence or two about their dreams and illustrated it. The 3rd through 5th grade wrote more in-depth descriptions of their dreams. When completed, students taped their dreams to their lockers to share with others.
Students discussed interesting facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. They also learned about the role of Jews and certain rabbis in particular in supporting the civil rights movement of the 1950-60s. Students then listened to a version of Go Down, Moses and discussed how enslaved people before the Civil War and southern Blacks during the Civil Rights Movement sang the song. They learned about parallels between the oppression/slavery of the Jewish people and Black people. Finally, they watched a video of MLK giving the “I have a dream” speech before the Lincoln Memorial.