As teachers we have the opportunity to help students learn that they can make a difference by working together as a team. Working together as a class, use this collection to work on this idea with your students.
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This past month my 7th grade son has been working through a unit titled Pay it Forward in his English class. I have loved the activities they have participated in to help them realize they can have an impact on the world around them. They will each be completing an individual project throughout the school year that they design and carry out. Their task is larger than one that might be tackled in an elementary classroom but I immediately loved the idea when I heard of it. It reminded me of the time when my fifth grader’s worked together to fill, wrap and mail Operation Shoebox items. It became a project where students wrote letters asking for donations and worked together to plan how money should be spent. Students not only learned about places the items would be sent but also learned how one small donation could become a piece of a completed shoebox. It was amazing to see how my class came together to do something for others they would never meet. I loved all they learned and hope they still remember how it felt to do so much for other children.
The project we completed as a class did take time from our normal learning but what was learned in exchange was much greater. Just think of the impact that could be made if many classes came together to create a project to help others! That is the goal of this post – to help get your class started on a path to completing a class project geared towards helping others. Even something small like picking up the school grounds can have an impact on children!
To help you get started with your make a difference project, we’ve created a few printables. In our collection we have included a star that children can complete with what each will do to make a difference. Have students complete and post on your door or another area in your room to help your children share their ideas with the school. We also have a graphic organizer for students to fill in when you are brainstorming a class project. It is simple with a place for students to write or draw their ideas. Our final page is designed to be printed as a poster or simply for you to copy on chart paper. As a class work through your ideas and what you need to think about before getting started. This planning page is designed to help your class begin thinking through the steps.
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