Friday, February 1, 2013
By NATALIE SCOTT
Third-graders in Dana Elias’ class at Watson Elementary School shared their dreams for the world Jan. 23 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Not only did this activity teach valuable skills for making speeches, but it was also a great opportunity to learn about the sorts of topics children are concerned with today.
Chrissy Palmer’s second-grade class was invited to listen to their friends and also participate with their own speeches at the end.
Hailey Hoffman was the first student to read her speech. She told her classmates that she dreams of a world where children don’t have to worry about being bullied — every one would be treated fairly and with kindness and respect. She also dreamed of becoming a doctor so that she could cure cancer.
Other major themes for the speeches were world peace, no bullying, stopping violence in every form, stopping the weapon and drug trade, and recycling to keep the planet green. During the presentation, students were encouraged to clap and cheer when they agreed with something someone said during their speech.
As part of the presentations, Elias also set up a small experiment using a brown organic egg and a regular white one. She cracked the eggs into two separate bowls and showed them to the classes.
“These eggs look different on the outside, right?” She asked. “But on the inside they are exactly the same. I bet if you cooked them they would taste the same, as well. So it doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside.”