We wore lots of socks and a wide array of crazy socks today in order to bring awareness to World Down Syndrome Day. We talked about chromosomes and genetics and discussed the connections we were making with the book, Wonder by R. J. Palacio. In Wonder, the main character, Auggie, has a rare genetic disorder that makes his face look different. We then watched this video created by an international Down Syndrome organization:
We looked on twitter and followed the hashtag #LotsOfSocks and saw that people at the school board office had posted pictures of their socks. Also, Central Butte school had posted a picture of their feet in a circle. So we took a similar picture and posted it in response. They replied and said our picture was awesome!
Then our tweet from our classroom Twitter account got picked up by CBC!
What is Kick Butts Day?
Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States and around the world.
Why is Kick Butts Day important?
We have made great strides in the fight against tobacco. But every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 400,000 people every year.
By getting involved in Kick Butts Day and other activities, America’s youth can raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use.
For Saint Patrick’s Day, we participated in an online project with classrooms from all over the world. The task was to count the different types of marshmallows in a box of Lucky Charms. Each student was given a bag of cereal to tally. Then they entered their results in a spreadsheet. Finally, they graphed their results. Today we talked with a classroom in Alabama via Skype about our results. They had the most rainbows and we had the most clovers.
For activities that can be done at home: