For the third year in a row, my class is engaging in a number of outreach projects that meet Ontario curriculum expectations while benefiting others in the school, community and beyond.
Throughout the school year, we will be adding outreach projects to this overview, with links to blog posts about particular projects. Check back from time-to-time, to see what’s new.
Here is a list of our projects to date:
- Food drive for orphaned wildlife
- Writing project in support of Habitat for Humanity
- Math project to inform school decision-making
- “Book Character Dress Up Day” in support of polar bear conservation
- “Hometown Heroes” art, literacy and outreach project
- “Virtual Speaking Engagement” in another school
- Food drive for The Sharing Place food bank
1. SECOND ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE FOR ORPHANED WILDLIFE
Orphaned baby animals being raised for release at wildlife rehabilitation centres need to be fed natural foods from the environment to ensure that they receive appropriate nutrition and also so they know what foods to look for after they are released.
Building on last year’s “wildly” successful two week food drive in support of two local wildlife sanctuaries, this year we expanded our campaign to three weeks, and provided food for overwintering orphaned animals at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, in Rosseau, Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge, in Pefferlaw, and Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, in Minden.
Our class organized and promoted the food drive, inviting students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 to contribute acorns, pine cones, maple keys, black walnuts, apples and sumac. In terms of curriculum, the project met expectations in math, science, literacy and character education.
We collected 217 kgs. (almost 500 lbs.) of acorns, eight big boxes of pine cones and numerous boxes of the other food items on the list above.
These are links to BLOG posts about the food drive:
2. EXPLANATORY WRITING IN SUPPORT OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
During the month of October, students in our class are authoring short explanatory writing pieces as a school project, and then entering them in a national writing contest.
The topic for this writing project is “What Home Means to Me.” For every entry received, builder Genworth Canada will donate $5.00 to Habitat for Humanity. Our class is hoping to raise over $100. with our writing.
This is the contest website: http://meaningofhome.ca/
On October 24th, we had a representative from Habitat for Humanity, Gravenhurst, at the school to share the organization’s vision and work with Grade 4-6 students.
Here is a link to the BLOG post about this project:
3. MATH PROJECT TO INFORM SCHOOL DECISION-MAKING
This year, as part of their Data Management math unit, our class is conducting surveys for real purposes. The baseline data they collect, graph and analyze will be forwarded to the appropriate adults within the school community, to help inform decision making about the possible initiation of a breakfast program, the promotion of waste-free lunches, and the purchase of sports equipment for use at recess and during Daily Physical Activity breaks.
Here is a link to the BLOG post detailing our findings:
4. ”BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY” IN SUPPORT OF POLAR BEAR CONSERVATION
As our class’ charity fund raiser for this school year, we invited students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 to come to school dressed as their favourite book character, on November 13th. Students who wished to participate were asked to donate a “toonie” (the coin with polar bears pictured on it), in support of polar bear conservation.
We raised $168.25 through Book Character Dress Up Day. Proceeds were donated to World Wildlife Fund Canada, earmarked for polar bear conservation.
This link will take you to our BLOG post about the event:
5. ”HOMETOWN HEROES” OUTREACH PROJECT
This was a multi-step project that met curriculum requirements in visual arts, media literacy and writing, and also included character education and outreach components. Students reflected upon their character strengths, talents and abilities and produced a caricature, labeled with these traits. Then they dreamed up a project they could do to help someone, and created an advertisement for a volunteer with their strengths to complete the project. The next step was to produce a procedural writing piece describing the steps involved in the outreach project in greater detail. The highlight of this school assignment was the opportunity to become a “Hometown Hero” by completing the outreach project!
This is a link to our BLOG post showcasing student work on this project:
6. “VIRTUAL” SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
On December 8th, Mrs. Black and two of her students “traveled” to a kindergarten class, a three hour drive from Rama Central P.S., via Skype. They were guest speakers in the other class, sharing information and answering questions about wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation.
This “virtual” speaking engagement was made possible by the Digital Human Library website, which enables teachers to connect their students with experts in a variety of fields, via computer.
Click on this link to read more about our virtual speaking engagement:
7. FOOD DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE SHARING PLACE FOOD BANK
This year, our class promoted and organized our school’s annual food drive for the local food bank.
As an added incentive to help, three teachers at our school pledged that they would volunteer for an hour at the food bank or Lighthouse soup kitchen, for every 100 lbs. of food donated, to a maximum of eight hours.
We collected 517 items, weighing 511 lbs. As a result, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Ross and Miss Wigle signed up to do five hours of volunteer work each at the Lighthouse soup kitchen. :-)
This is a link to our food drive BLOG post:
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