Tie dye project at Harry
Hoag helps celebrate diversity
On the first day of school at Harry Hoag
Elementary, about 22 fourth grade students took turns creating
tie dye shirts as part of a lesson on diversity. Whenever the
students had a trait in common (such as being nervous on the
first day) they sprayed a color on the shirt. For each question,
some students applied colors, while some did not.
At the end of the lesson, the students noticed
that although they shared some of the same qualities, they were also
“The kids had a great time, and it was a fun
first day activity,” said teacher Amy Bartholomew. “The kids got to
take the shirts home and see the finished product.”
The lesson started with a poem written by
teacher Jade Van Gorder called “Let’s Build a Rainbow.” The students
analyzed the poem, which echoed the theme of diversity.
The first stanza read: “Each student in this
class, will have a unique glow. Like the individual colors, of a
The lesson was also an example of co-teaching
in the district, where Mrs. Van Gorder (who teaches general
education) and Mrs. Bartholomew (who teaches special education)
shared teaching responsibilities.