Friday, February 25, 2011

Death and Dying

Why do 5 and 6 year olds seem so obsessed with death and dying? When teaching famous Americans, the first bit of information that my class -- every single year -- immediately fixates on how that American died. And it's not because that's what I teach, that's the very first thing they ask. "Did they die? How did they die?"

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln are BIG DEALS because THEY GOT SHOT AND KILLED.

George Washington and Rosa Parks? Eh... they're okay, they just died.

Friends, why is Martin Luther King, Jr. important to us?

"HE GOT SHOT."

Exhale.

Here is our comparison of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Luckily, the standards were learned, I think:
  1. George Washington was the first president and called The Father of Our Country.
  2. Abraham Lincoln was a president and called Honest Abe.
Any guesses what the first fact written on the chart was?
First - they died. Second - Lincoln got shot (and then a student later added WHERE he got shot).

2 comments:

The Science Goddess said...

I love to hear 4 and 5 year olds talk about what they think happens after you die. A morbid curiosity, to be sure, but they're finally starting to grasp that not only does life change...but it ends, too. And, if you're lucky, you'll be a dead white guy in the history books! :)

I suppose telling them that Lincoln took a shot to the head would be a bit much. Telling them he got it at the theatre is much more genteel.

Jonelle Bell said...

Great venn diagram! I am filing this away for next year.
Jonelle
A Place Called Kindergarten