Field Trip! Second Graders Visit Harlem’s Jazz Museum

photo 9At BtB, we love field trips! In the past 10 years, we’ve learned that a love of reading often takes root when students discover that the world of a book mirrors their own real world, and field trips are a fun way to make those connections.

Ms. Olivero’s 2nd grade class has been working on a program centered around Renee Watson’s book Harlem’s Little Blackbird. Blackbird is the story of Florence Mills, the often overlooked (in part because there are no known recordings of her) but incredibly talented figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Inspired by Mills, the students wrote about their big dreams and, on Monday, they visited the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to learn more about Mills, her legacy, and jazz.

The students impressed Artistic Director Loren Schoenberg with their knowledge about Mills and the Harlem. He played some piano for them, then gave a quick lesson on how to scat like real jazz singers. A couple of students were brave enough to try!

Check out the pictures below, and thank you to the Jazz Museum for the enriching experience!

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