My students need art supplies (such as paint, styrofoam blocks and shapes) to construct aliens from other planets.
This project expired on May 16, 2016.
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My students are ready to go this school year. They are willing to learn, engaged in their education, and ready to take on new responsibilities. We are working on great things this school year, with a new focus on science that hasn't been available before.
They live in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city, one full of crime, drugs, and poverty.
Many students come to school without the needed supplies, with clothes that are not clean, and not ready to learn. They see what goes on around them and think that they will never escape from it. These students know that an education is the way out, but most times don't have the support or resources at home to make it happen. School is a refuge for many, one where they can feel secure, and see that people really do care about them. At school we try to challenge them through our teaching, and also through exposing them to many opportunities they wouldn't have outside of school (through art, music, gardening, etc.). This becomes harder and harder every year as school budget cuts are made, but we keep on doing what we do.
This school year has featured a new emphasis on science that hasn't been previously available. Students actively investigate new science concepts and then show their knowledge in innovative and creative ways.
This project is based on them researching a planet (other than Earth) and becoming experts on it. Expert enough to envision and create an alien that could survive on that planet. They will create a passport for the alien with their planet's information and then construct a 3D model of their alien.
The project requests many art supplies, such as paint, glue, foam blocks, pom poms, and other craft supplies for students to use in creating these aliens (along with other donated materials in class, such as boxes and egg cartons). Students will, first design, on paper, an alien that could live on their planet, then use the requested art/craft materials to construct a 3D model of their alien.
Students learn best when they are engaged and showing their learning in various formats.
Students will have the opportunity, with this project, to learn about a planet and then apply that information to creating something new. It presents many higher order thinking skills.
Being able to apply learned material into new situations is not only essential to the classroom, but also essential to life outside of school.
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