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Mardi Gras: A Cultural Collaboration

February 16

In the past couple of weeks, students in grades K-5 have immersed in a cross-collaboration with French, science, art and homerooms. Language classes at Charleston Day explore not only the spoken and written languages but also the cultures of those French- or Spanish-speaking places. New Orleans hosts Mardi Gras parades each year on Fat Tuesday, the day before the beginning of Lent, and although no parades are happening in New Orleans this year due to COVID, the floats abounded in the halls of Charleston Day!

Students in the elementary classes studied maps in science, homeroom and art. In French, they found New Orleans and did a map quest of the city. Then the glitter, glue and feathers came out! Designing and building their own “floats” was a terrific way to use art, science and engineering, along with the French language. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Enjoy videos of the floats here:

Ms. Bolden’s 2nd Grade
Ms. Bullard’s 2nd Grade
Mrs. Davis’ 3rd Grade
Mrs. Shortridge’s 3rd Grade

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