5th grade is starting to study immigration and I wanted to read some picture books that would give an overview or an overarching picture of the topic. I started with Faith Ringgold’s We Came to America and afterwards we talked about some of the reasons people immigrate to the U.S.A.
The next time we met, I read Andy Glynne’s Hamid’s Story: A Real Life Story of His Journey from Eritrea.
I asked the students to reflect on what they would do if they had a child who had recently immigrated to the U.S. in their classroom; posting our IB Learner Profiles nearby to encourage them to use these as inspiration for their response.
I used Padlet for the students to record their responses. I like Padlet as it gives the students a variety of ways to record their ideas, through writing, making an audio recording or video taping themselves. I was surprised that so few from each class chose to video!
Many of the students wrote very heartfelt reflections and this is a lesson I will definitely repeat and Padlet is going to be a the top of my list for recording student voice.