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Surprising Connections: An Orange and Kindness

Jane Moore
Founder of Moore Actions - Professional Development for Teachers
Fernandina Beach, FL

Make social studies come alive through stories and objects! We can create connections, cultivate creativity and provide multiple meanings while increasing literacy...

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Watch the track talk so that you understand I am not being unkind with my subject line.  Thank you Ms. Moore for sharing this story with us.  After watching this video I  have two questions.  How do you approach Holocaust education and separately, what objects do you use to engage your students in that material you are teaching? 
My answers to my questions are as follows.  After participating in a TOLI seminar in New York I try to focus on personal accounts of the Holocaust.  I have some pieces of the Berlin wall that i love to share and a slough of pictures.  Also I like to bring home map puzzles in the languages of the international places I visit.

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  • Thanks Eric, 

    Interesting title of this thread!!  I use a lot of different ways and resources to teach the Holocaust.   One of the best sources is IWitness-  It has actual testimonials from survivors of the Holocaust, It has a wonderful index where things are cross referenced and has a build in movie maker where the students can take video clips and create a video and submit it to the site.  Students love it and learn so much!!! Another wonderful resource is Echoes and Reflections which has wonderful lesson plans broken down into topics like " Anti-Semitism" "Nazi Germany" and "Jewish Resistance" and lots more.  It has lots of great visuals, too.  

    I also teach from the resistance perspective.  I start out with clips from the movie, Defiance- which is a  based on a true story of 1200 resistance fighters who survived in the forests of Belarus for over 3 years.  (Daniel Craig is in it - so that draws in the kids."  I use a clip featuring a Rabi deciding whether or not to go into the woods with Daniel Craig.  Then there's a another section called " We're family:" in which people have to decide who to let into their camp in the woods.  These clips generate a lot of discussion.  The whole movie is great- but it's rated R - and there's a lot of violence.  We always read a novel-like Number the Stars for middle school- or the Book Thief for high school.  Students always do a project on it- create a play based on the book, an i- movie, or use an artifact from 1 of the books and explain it and make it relevant to our lives.  

    Here are some other resources:

    The Breman Museum i n Atlanta has wonderful resources for teachers and an amazing Institute for teachers in the summer. Yad Vashem is also a great resource as is the National Holocaust Museum Also the I Think series is great, especially World History, the Holocaust    

    Let me know how it goes!!  P.S.  I am not making any money from mentioning these resources - haha!

    Honestly- about the object- I always start off the school year, on the 1st day telling them the story of the orange.  From then I encourage the students to bring in an object that's meaningful to them.  I encourage them to bring in 1 with multiple meaning and 1 that a lot of people can connect to- like with the orange.  

  • Thank you Jane.  I hope you got the intent of my tittle, to grab attention just like your object.  I'm at a point in my life where I can not resist a pun or a dad joke.  

  • Hey Eric- I didn't understand it at first- but then I did.  Honestly- I want people to view it and hope and think people will

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