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PEACE: A SHORT HISTORY; MLK, Gandhi, and Aun Kyi

A Short History of Civil Disobedience:

Nonviolence and Peace Movements | Crash Course World History #228

Join host John Green to learn about nonviolence and peace movements in the 20th century. What is nonviolence? What is a peace movement? Traditionally, humans often resort to violence when they come into conflict. In the 20th century, it became much more common for people to enact change by means of nonviolence, and this was a common thread of connection between many of the most notable advocates of peaceful change. Crash Course will take you along a path of nonviolent resistance and peaceful change including Gandhi, Gregg, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Cold War , and the Arab Spring.


Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

a.k.a MLK or “Dr. King”

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Resources on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. This timeline has photographs!

3. This one from Soft Schools is fun too:

4. And this one from King Institute:



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Aung San Suu Kyi (SOO -CHEE)



She gave a famous speech at Shwedagon Pagoda in Mynamar (Burma).


Here’s a video of that speech:

Here’s a 2012 meeting between Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama:

Here’s a picture of her from 2015:

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First Great Lesson

Monday was the first snowfall of the school year. It was also our first Great Lesson.  The First Great Lesson is the story of the Big Bang or the creation of the universe. It is often a source of inspiration for children to delve deeper into the mysteries of life on our tint planet and the nature of the cosmos. For more on the Great Lessons click here. Looking for a version to read at home with your children? Jennifer Morgan has created stunning picture books of each and they are available at the public library: Born with a Bang

Leaf Shapes

The Gammas are studying leaf shapes. A fun project students of all ages is to go on a leaf hunt.

Can you find a cordate shaped leaf?

What shape is  maple leaf?

What trees do you have in your backyard?

Feel free to press leaves in a book at home and bring them in to school to share.

Leaf shapes:

Leaf kinds ( tree identification):


Assign Yourself!

I read a book by Marion Wright Edelman a long time ago,

In that book, she explains that when she was a child, her dad would ask her to “assign herself” some homework. So in addition to the weekly reading and writing homework, I encourage children to pursue their own passions at home. All the children seem to be buzzing about biology lately. Sunny just molted yesterday and I gathered a small mixed group of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders to do some observation and follow up study. The Betas have are continuing to delve into zoology. Gammas are studying Botany and Alphas are learning the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. Ask them to find their backbone!

If children want to do internet research from home, please check the website. There are a few resources there under students:

“The second lesson is: to assign yourself. My Daddy couldn’t stand to see us unengaged in constructive work. And he used to ask us when we had come home from school: did the teacher give you any homework? If we’d say no, he’d say: well assign yourself some. Don’t wait around for your boss or your friends or teachers to direct you to so what you’re able to figure out and do for yourself. And don’t do just as little as you can to get by. And as you grow up and become citizens…please don’t be a political bystander and grumbler. I really hope every one of you will register to vote and vote every time. A democracy is not a spectator sport. And if you see a need please don’t ask: “why somebody doesn’t do something” ask “why don’t I do something?” Initiative and persistence are still the non-magic carpets to success for most of us.”

Marion wright edelman assign yourself: