I teach at a Title I school where approximately 20% of my students are Native American. My school is one of the few schools in the district to offer a Native curriculum. More than 50% of the students are on free or reduced-price lunch and 10% are homeless; many of the students have experienced some kind of trauma.
My students have vivid imaginations and love to express themselves creatively.
These students also have an insatiable curiosity for knowledge, and their perseverance and exuberance astonish me every day.
My fifth graders will create sock puppets and use the puppets in a storytelling production for younger students at the school. Each student will have a materials budget for obtaining craft materials from the "classroom store." I am requesting a variety of craft materials for the store and also hot glue guns for attaching pieces and a organizer cart for materials storage.
Students will develop their sense of financial literacy as they consider design tradeoffs to keep their puppets within budget, and they will flex their storytelling muscles as they produce their puppet show.
Storytelling through puppets will give my students the opportunity to stretch their creative imaginations and gain confidence with public speaking.
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