Twelve Days of Christmas: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
‘Twas the night before Christmas when all down the hall,
The students were working real hard all around,
The tree decorated with ornaments galore,
Now math skills with graphing, now science and food chains.
Knowledge to be gained through enrichment and fun,
They sprang to their feet, to leave for break.
Keeping learning engaging and fun takes a balance as well as level of creativity.
During the review unit, students transitioned from activity to activity by selecting and ornament from the Christmas tree. Each ornament had a specific assignment attached to it. Students wrote and recorded stories, carved from soap sphinxes, painted model planets of our solar system, graphed original artwork, compared holidays around the globe, and created a cookbook during this three day unit.
The funds that were provided to implement this review unit ensured the success of this project. The students responded with smiles and positive comments out of the ordinary activities there teachers were able to provide. “This is awesome,” one student said while graphing an original picture on a coordinate plane. “Can we do it again?” another student asked while recording the ending to a story he had written using the web based recording software Audacity. The impact of this learning experience was far reaching. The students were actively involved in every aspect of the project and appeared to enjoy reviewing things they had previously learned in new ways. Using cross-curricular project to tie together the relevance of the standers allowed students to make ties between what they had learned in the past with ways to incorporate skills in other areas of their lives. Through this project the 6 Yellow Students were able to see learning in a different light.
"6 Yellow Team" members: Allison Burdashaw, Nathan Cook, Loes Riggins, and Cecily Williams