#GridTip: Celebrating Black History Month

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Armant Erwin. In this series (see the full collection here) Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of your Flipgrid subscription!


As we celebrate Black History Month, Flipgrid invites you to learn, honor, and amplify the contributions and achievements of African-Americans. This post highlights the work of Andy Plemmons' Barrow Peace Prize Project and is filled with ideas you can use in your classroom. Wherever you see πŸ”Ž πŸ“– , a Flipgrid Discovery Library Topic has been added to support an idea. We hope this #GridTip inspires you!

Flipgrid Ambassador Andy Plemmons is a rockstar Media Specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. For the past few years, Andy has created an amazing cross-curricular learning experience called the Barrow Peace Prize, in which students explore and share achievements of African-Americans in meaningful ways. The 2nd grade students participating in this event take pride in amplifying the contributions of African-Americans in their process of awarding someone with the Barrow Peace Prize. Andy's project requires students to research, collaborate, and communicate, bringing 21st century skills to the forefront of their learning. In Andy's words: "The Barrow Peace Prize has allowed students to showcase their strengths, have a global reach and has created a community within the grade level. It's a joy to see students support each other and shine as they work to overcome barriers."  

❢ Andy introduces the Barrow Peace Prize to all 2nd grade classes through a Google Hangout, by sharing about the global prize - Nobel Peace Prize.  The students explore people who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize such as Malala Yousafzai, Barack Obama, and the Dalai Lama (14th) to begin brainstorming character traits of each in a collaborative Google Doc. Check out the 2nd graders' list of Barrow Peace Prize Characteristics.
πŸ”Ž πŸ“– Topic: Nobel Peace Prize

❷ Andy then asks students to determine African-Americans in history they would like to research.  Andy chooses a few African-Americans throughout history for the 2nd graders to collectively research. This year students are researching Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks. Andy usesPebble Go & Britannica to support the research.
πŸ”Ž πŸ“–  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
πŸ”Ž πŸ“–  Ruby Bridges  
πŸ”Ž πŸ“– Jackie Robinson 
πŸ”Ž πŸ“– Rosa Parks  

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❸ During Writer's Workshop, students use their research to write persuasive essays, arguing why their chosen historical figure is deserving of the Barrow Peace Prize.
πŸ”Ž πŸ“–  Persuasive Writing

❹  As an art integration, students create a watercolor image of the person they are researching. 
πŸ”Ž πŸ“–  Painting Portraits with Watercolor

❺  Andy creates a topic for each of the Barrow Peace Prize nominees.  Students scan the QR code of the topic for their nominee and record their persuasive video on the topic.  

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❻ Once complete, Andy shares the project on social media. Over the course of two weeks, anyone can vote for 1 nominee using a Google form.

❼ The winner of the Barrow Peace Prize is announced and celebrated during the school's Black History Month assembly with 3D-printed awards created by students.

Each year, Andy invites us at Flipgrid HQ to Skype in with his class to announce the winners. We are honored to support Andy's students on this amazing project, and we are always inspired by his amazing students! 


πŸ“£ Thanks to Andy for sharing this amazing idea to immerse students in learning and sharing about the achievements of African-Americans in history.  

See you on the grid! πŸš€