Primary Education Resources on IWitness
Did you know that IWitness has activities and resources for primary level students? Five activities to get you started are listed below!
Lala / Reflections on Prejudice
Through guided viewing of audiovisual testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, students reflect on the impact of prejudice on individuals, and on the capacity for resilience in the face of oppression. For younger students, a K-2 version is available here
Info Quest: Dr. Ruth Westheimer
In this activity, students learn about the life history of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a well-known and successful therapist -- and a survivor of the Holocaust. Through analysis and reflection on testimony and other source material, students can begin to learn about the Holocaust, its impact on individuals and communities and its lessons and legacy. This activity asks students to draw on Dr. Ruth's testimony to help them understand their own life experiences and in the end, help students develop courage and resilience.
Sitting Down to Stand Up
In this activity, students will explore the concept of protesting peacefully in the face of injustice and racism. They will deepen their understanding of racism and its impact as well as explore examples of how individuals have fought against racism using peaceful means. They will read primary documents and construct a poster or slogan that reflects the character of peaceful protest.
Students will practice their empathetic listening skills by watching the testimony of Holocaust survivor Vera Gissing. Students will then write about a time someone was empathetic toward them or when they were empathetic toward someone, and in pairs or in groups, they will share out these experiences.
My Story Matters - Call to Action
In this activity, students will examine how personal stories can have the power to inspire others to action. By listening to and reflecting on genocide survivor testimony, students will engage with the concept of leadership and form belief statements about how they can become leaders in their communities.