My students need a World in a Box kit, a veritable mini-museum of natural history. We also need a set of fairly realistic hand puppets to help us share our knowledge.
School is hard. Test, test, and test. We do not test a student's personal worth but I am sure that is what it sometimes feels like. This is what we are fighting in our classroom. I have a class of learners. We work and study to pass tests but also because we love learning.
Everything is so compartmentalized and I want to share how everything is connected.
Art and Science, Math and Writing, Nature and Drama are all fractions of a whole. My kids are ready to bring it all together. Specifically, with this project, we are going to run a long term unit around the Eyewitness World in a Box kit. It will be a touch stone for exploration, investigation, and demonstration of science and nature through art. With funding, you will be empowering students through art and empowering students through science. The Eyewitness kit comes with bits of the world for us to examine, discuss and draw. We will bring our studies of minutia and turn them into expressions of nature. This will then inspire writing, puppet drama, and then more exploration.
Here is the actual outline I have planned for after the funding is complete. We will have a period of observations and reflections over the materials already collected in the kit. We will establish procedures of viewing and create ways of communicating what we have learned. We will also collect questions that arise from these initial stages. Next we will make a plan to go out into the field and collect our own specimens and data as tied to already scheduled field trips and outings. We will sort and note our new collection and plan a museum display to share on our school's science night. We will make complementary art inspired by our discoveries. Our displays will be bolstered by additional learning from the local library and the Internet. We will curate our findings and share our art. The more outgoing will use puppets and drama to explain more dynamic aspects of science and nature. And then we will all love school a bit more and be excited for our next learning adventure.
My kids need to stay in school.
They have to believe that school is a place created for them to better themselves. This isn't going to happen without dynamic intervention. Action and experiences are what is remembered. What is your best school memory? I bet it didn't involve sitting in a seat. They need to create and work, fail and try again. This project can be a step towards a good attitude towards school. It could create a passion that results in a career. It may just create a best memory.
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