Saturday, April 26, 2008

action


Teaching has been fun. During the early weeks of April (and maybe end of March?), I taught a health action research unit. The "action research" portion of the unit involved students creating and implementing actions for improvement of their own health (on their self-selected health topic, such as exercise or hygiene or nutrition). The picture above is my own action plan chart, posted in the classroom, showing (and thus modeling for students) my daily progress during the 8 day period of the action plan.

Currently, we are in the middle of a 2-week Earth Day unit. We started with reading bug poetry (thanks to Paul Fleischman's Joyful Noise - Poems for Two Voices) outside, then watched part of the Planet Earth video series (originally broadcast on the Discovery Channel about a year ago) to consider the future of our planet, and used Time for Kids Earth Day (in print and online) and poetry and riddles to read and think and write and talk about personal choices in using natural resources.

Next week, we will write an editorial business letter, in which students will persuade a business or government entity to implement a practical, energy-saving strategy. For example, I wrote a letter to Dunkin' Donuts, asking them to use paper instead of Styrofoam cups (it's really unbelievable to me that DD uses Styrofoam cups for my large hot coffee; I've stopped buying them) and also to offer a small discount to customers who use their own refillable cups. Students need to find a subject/topic that relates to their own personal experiences, just like I did.

These action-packed projects help me speed on forward to the end of the school year!

4 comments:

Lynn said...

Hey I love that the kids will be writing to business entities urging them to care for the environment! Well done, RCT!

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a said...

wow! those are great assignments! my admiration for you as a teacher continues to increase even as i think it can go no higher. :)

Orchid in the Bronx said...

that is so cool. i hope your kids keep writing letters as they grow older, keep taking action. it gets harder and harder to think it matters.