Constitution Day Inspires Logan Avenue STREAM Events
Logan Avenue teachers took advantage of three national and international observances to teach the three Cs this week: Creativity, Courage & Collaboration.
These three concepts were the focus of the school’s first STREAM day Thursday. STREAM – science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts and math – is a federal grant project that allows the Emporia schools to add days to the school year for extended learning. Teachers at each school plan full-day and half-day lessons that take students out of the traditional classroom for learning.
The theme of Creativity, Courage and Collaboration were tied to Constitution Day, International Peace Day and International Dot Day. Students incorporated the three Cs through art, research, writing, and working as a team, according to Madeline Dierking, a fourth grade teacher and one of the STREAM coordinators.
Constitution Day is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.
Dierking said teachers used the story of the Constitution to demonstrate for students how the Founding Fathers used creativity, courage and collaboration to create the document..
One of the activities for fifth grade students was working together to write their own preamble to the Lion’s Laws of Logan Avenue: Be respectful, be responsible, be safe. The class read the preamble during an all-school assembly. Third and fourth grade students also made presentations that included music and a reader’s theater.
The fifth grade preamble: “We the Logan Avenue Family, in order to form a more perfect school, in which to grow to greatness, establish responsibility, safety and respect, support collaboration when there is conflict, promote respect no matter your age, accept the differences in our school family, do establish and promise to follow the Lion’s Laws of Logan Avenue.”
International Peace Day on September 21 is a United Nations observance established in 1981 calling for a day of peace and asking “all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire.”
All Logan Avenue students made pinwheels, which will be displayed in the school yard on Monday as a sign of peace.
International Dot Day on September 15 is a global celebration related to the book by Peter H. Reynolds, “The Dot.” It is a story of a student with no confidence in her creative ability who is challenged by her teacher to “make a mark and see where it takes you.” Learn more about International Dot Day at www.thedotclub.org
Each grade level at Logan Avenue worked together to create a single piece of “dot art,” which were displayed on Friday for parents to view.