This fall 4th-grade students were immersed in the study of the constitution, The Bill of Rights and more specifically the 1st Amendment. Tonya Clanton, 4th-grade language arts and social studies teacher, led her students in an examination of the peaceful protests of the Little Rock 9, the Greensboro 4k, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, learning how non-violence, determination, and endurance can lead to positive change over time.
Fourth grade also studied the history of Earth Day through climate science, current events, and writings by environmental activist Rachel Carson. Fourth graders were also introduced to the efforts of youth activist Greta Thurnberg. And how one person can make a positive change.
4th graders then created a plan to demonstrate to ArtSpace the right of Americans to assemble and speak to the cause of protecting the Earth. Students made posters in small groups for the big day. Ms. Tonya guided them to work with a limited color palette and simple eye-catching phrases for a more powerful impact. Students also choreographed a dance routine that spoke to the cause as well.
On September 20th, the 4th graders performed a “flash mob” on the field. They created a chant with hand motions to act out the freedom of speech, religion, the press, the right to petition, and the right to assemble. Their efforts were featured on WLOS’ Never Stop Learning on September 23rd. You can watch the story here.