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Students at Lincoln Elementary School were flying high on Friday, March 25. The reading classes of Ms. Boone and Mrs. Petty have been working on their Bright Ideas Project for about three weeks, which culminated in flying kites on the school playground. The concepts for the lessons involved were “how change can effect an individual or community” and “how relationships interact with each other.”
The book “Henry and the Kite Dragon” was used to help the students recognize these concepts by the use of conflict resolution, respect of cultures and communication.
Children were given vocabulary words in English, Italian and through Chinese symbols to help broaden their understanding of these theories. The novel deals with miscommunication of children from Chinatown and Little Italy in the early 1920s. It shows how cultural differences can cause conflict but by using GIBs (Gifted Intelligent Behaviors), resolution can be achieved.
Kites, created by art teacher Miss Nyholm, were designed to present the main idea and supporting details of the story. Their final project was to research a country’s culture, thanks to Mrs. Allers great array and varied book selections, and identify five relevant aspects of that country. Lots of work? You bet, so as a reward, Kite Day was created.