Third graders from Rina DiRe’s class at Clara H. Carlson School joined virtually with third graders from Kimberly McManus’ class at Gotham Avenue School to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 15.
Through Zoom, the two classes shared their favorite parts from their Hispanic Heritage Month units. The students discussed how they enjoyed getting to read, research and learn about Hispanic customs and traditions, as well as famous Hispanic people like César Chávez and Frida Kahlo. During the unit, the students read the books “Under the Lemon Moon” by Edith Hope Fine, “Mango, Abuela, and Me” by Meg Medina and “Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez-Neal. Additionally, the students began each morning listening to the sounds of Spanish music as they entered the classroom. Mrs. DiRe’s class also learned dance steps, including the merengue, in the afternoons.
While participating in the virtual field trip, the students also played a game of Spanish bingo with special guest announcers, Clara H. Carlson’s assistant principal, Richard Mansfield, and Gotham Avenue’s assistant principal, Pamelia Stamidis.
Both Mrs. DiRe and Mrs. McManus were thrilled to see the excitement and motivation to learn about other cultures in their students.