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A Visit to the Khyber Pass Cafe

As part of our immigration unit in social studies, 3rd and 4th grade students went on a field trip to an Afghani restaurant, the Khyber Pass Cafe in St. Paul. We talked with owner Emel Sherzad and learned about his immigration experience. We took the city bus to the restaurant. This was the first time on the public bus for some students in the class. Emel Sherzad, owner of the Khyber Pass Cafe and a.. Read More

Painting Unity

Third and fourth grade students worked in groups to create paintings using circles as a unifying principle. We talked about various symbolic meanings of circles, including unity and community. After some initial brainstorming, each student had several designs. Then, in groups students looked for common elements in their drawings and tried to come up with a theme. It was difficult for some groups to agree at first, but eventually they.. Read More