Over the past month, the fifth-grade students have been immersed in their Peace and Conflict Unit called Taking a Stand. With the central idea for the unit being "Diversity Commands Change," students explored the causes of conflicts, the possible resolutions, and potential ways to avoid conflict while also identifying the impact of these conflicts on society.
After researching several peacemakers, the students had the incredible opportunity to explore the life of one peacemaker of their choice. They researched more than just the typical biographical information, digging deeper to determine what their peacemaker did to promote peace and whether or not they actually achieved peace.
The culmination of this project resulted in CDS' first ever Peacemakers Wax Museum. On January 28th, the elementary courtyard was visited by Mahatma Ghandi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Marla Ruzika, Malala Yousafzai, Cesar Chavez, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and many more. Parents, teachers, staff, and students were able to watch as each peacemaker came to life and spoke about their dreams and goals. It was incredible seeing these amazing Inquirers and Communicators bring their learning to life!
Thank you to the 5th grade team of Dr. Alison Fisher, Barbie Monty, Stephanie Rodriguez, Sarah Viera, and Mary Youngblood for facilitating this inspirational lesson.