White Bird Part 3

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Movies released in the spring of 1944

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On the radio:

Swinging on a Star

I’ll Be Seeing You


1944 Ferris Woolen Portfolio of Fashions for Men & Women WWII 1940s  Style Book | #814679439

Fashion wasn’t as important as survival!  Priorities changed!

What would you identify or describe as being part of Sara’s “survival mode”? What brings out people’s ability to endure extreme hardships and to overcome them?

Vincent joined the Milice – Learn more here

Resistance is not always overt, particularly in a situation where resistance can be deadly. Describe some of the subtle ways characters in White Bird resist the Nazis.

Describe the adult/child relationships in White Bird.

To what extent are these relationships shaped by the world around them? To what extent do the relationships shape the character’s worlds? How are the Beaumiers able to protect and preserve Sara and Julien’s innocence? For Sara and the other characters, how does the loss of family impact those who survive?


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Comfort Birds carved from 16 different woods. Can you name/identify them? :  r/whittling

A lesson on whittling:


How to Plant and Grow English Bluebells | Gardener's Path

An escape to the beautiful forest with all of the bluebells!

Romans 12:9-21(MSG)

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

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Sara has a connection to animals in the wild!

The Bernstein’s have been in hiding in the Beaumier’s house all this time!  How does fear hold us captive?  We learned a lot about fear this year.  In what ways would the story change if the Beaumiers and Lafleurs would have had conversation?  How does fear paralyze us all?

One of the most important takeaways from White Bird is captured in the following statement: “In these dark times, it’s those small acts of kindness that keep us alive, after all. They remind us of our humanity.” Why is actively choosing kindness so essential? Can you connect this message to events happening today?


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What things cost:

Federal Minimum Hourly Wage$0.40    
Average Annual Income$2,600  
House   $5,150  
Monthly Rent     $35       
New Car            $1,125  
First-Class U.S. Postage$0.03
One-Year Tuition at Harvard            $420     
Movie Ticket      $0.55    
Gallon of Gasoline          $0.21    
Gallon of Milk$0.67    
1 Dozen Eggs    $0.59    
Loaf of White Bread        $0.10    

Keeping in mind what you’ve learned from reading

White Bird, how do you think children are affected by war? Research childhood trauma specifically related to war, and discuss its impacts extending after the conflict

has ended.

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it from happening again. -Anne Frank

You can learn all about Anne here:


Considering what you’ve learned from your reading

of White Bird, what might cause people to deem other groups in society to be “undesirable” or “inferior”? Why is this type of mindset so dangerous? What can be done to counter it?

Given the current climate in the U.S. and throughout the world, why is remembering the Holocaust and examining current parallels more important than ever? Consider the final illustration of Julian holding the Never Again sign with #WeRemember along the bottom. What can readers infer from this closing imagery?

Lots of resources to take you deeper:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Resources for Educators


The Alliance Against Genocide


Florida Center for Instructional Technology Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust


University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Educational Resources


Simon Wiesenthal Center Library and Archives


Yad Vashem Holocaust Resource Center


Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources tolerance.org/classroom-resourceslessons?keyword=holocaust

University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Education Programs


US National Archives Holocaust-Era Assets


Fordham University Modern History Sourcebook—Holocaust


Fordham University Jewish History Sourcebook— Jewish History since the Enlightenment


Check out these survivors observations:

We will be venturing to the Zekelman Holocaust Museum on November 6th.