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Monday, March 12, 2012

1,000 Paper Cranes and a Wish

Sunday, March 11, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Last year's fifth grade class learned that, in Japanese culture, if a person makes 1,000 paper cranes a wish will be granted.  We began folding and didn't stop until we had over 1,400 cranes.  A teacher from Japan, who was visiting Elms College last spring, came to our school and shared what this disaster meant for her hometown.  We sent her back to Japan with all the cranes and our best wishes for her and those from her hometown.

This year's fourth and fifth grade students would like to make another 1,000 paper cranes, this time to let those impacted by the quake and tsunami know that they have not been forgotten.  While making our paper cranes, we'll be reviewing some of what we have learned in geometry (What shapes are created when we make our folds and how do we know what these shapes are?).  We are also reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes to help us better understand the long-term impact of radiation exposure on people and our environment.

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