My students need a life size model of the skeletal system and 3 mini-skeleton models.
This project expired on January 10, 2011.
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Bones, Bones, and more Bones! There is nothing like being able to use the five senses to enhance a students learning. The Skeletal System is the very base of our bodies. Being able to show the students what their bones look like so they can create their own skeleton will create tangible ownership.
Our students are from an upstate New York urban setting.
Our school faces many challenges ranging from their environment, home and the cultures they come from. Violence, drugs and jail is not a far off future for some of our young people. The teachers here at our school try their best to keep students engaged, with a desire to want to come to school everyday. Our student attendance is one of the highest in the district despite the challenges they face just walking to school. As an expeditionary learning school,the teachers are expected to use as many hands-on learning experiences as possible. Our arts, literacy and health play an important role in every core subject. Unfortunately, art and health tend to be the first of the classes whose supplies get cut yearly. Having the engaging materials to catch the students attention helps to make teaching more desirable for everyone involved.
The students in this art/health class will be studying the systems of the body. Our objective is for the students to experience their health and bodies through the lens of art. Each system we study will be followed by an extensive art creation. The first system we are covering is the skeletal system. We feel the bones are such an important part of our bodies that we would like to have the students create their own skeleton. In expeditionary learning schools we help the students get a better understanding of their core subjects by incorporating interdisciplinary learning through the lens of one subject. The culminating project for the fall is going to be creating a human skeletal system. Each student will be responsible for studying their portion of the skeletal system. The art teacher will teach proportionate drawing, followed by a anatomically correct paper mache skeleton.
We feel being able to have a life size tangible skeletal system and smaller skeletal systems for the students to touch, observe and feel will provide a "real world" experience for our students.
Your donations will help us create an engaging, challenging lesson for our current students as well as future students in years to come.
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