Students worked with local carpenters and businesses to build an outdoor playhouse for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. The project combined learning about developmental psychology with organizing resource drives. It took students into our local elementary schools to better understand their audience and outside with hammers and paint brushes to get the job done. The culuminating event featured the delivery of the playhouse to Vanessa Behan with the help of a local crane company (Thanks Stateline Crane and Rigging!). Students watched as the children poured into the playhouse for the first time to play.
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In small groups, students will create and share a presentation using reliable and relevant information. Examples can be but not limited to mock interviews, broadcast news programs, on the street reporting, podcasts, reenactment, a short documentary or a voice over Prezi presentation.The culminating product on January 23rd will be an event held at the Argonne Library. (We may switch to the Hutton Settlement Auditorium for a more personal environment). This event is to highlight the community members that have donated their time and expertise to our school. Parents, district administration and public will be invited. Students will create and present a 30-minute video, compiling interviews that address the past, the present and the future. After students listen to our guest speakers, they will interview them in small groups and create a poster that introduces the person to the public at our evening exhibition. Students will stand by their poster and share what they have learned about their guest and what they have learned in our class this semester. Students will also present a sculpture representing peace which they will create with a professional artist.
Chemistry and mystery teamed up to engage students in a fantastical "who done it" featuring the dastardly staff at Spokane Valley High. A series of investigations led students through a basic understanding of chemistry principles, practice with common chemistry laboratory procedures (i.e. chromatography, pH, gas laws), and the unraveling of several humorous plots. This project culminated in students applying their learning to design a mystery of their own for peers to solve.