Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
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.Click here to see the KREM2 News Story.
Immigration - Crossing Borders
What is your impact as a citizen... locally, nationally, globally?
Students read about a specific immigrant from history and re-told the story from the immigrant's point of view. Along with sharing information about the reasons for immigrating, they also prepared cultural cuisine for the class to eat together. This project culminated in a close and personal experience with a group of recent refugees after which students presented them with care packages.
VIP - Voice, Impact, Perception
As a role model, how can your voice impact our community? VIP put students in the author’s seat to creatively write and illustrate a Children’s Book that would leave a lasting impression on their audience, eager children at a local elementary school. Students researched children's literature to learn about the components of an effective story. The class brainstormed issues and challenges common for children in today's world and problem solved ways to appropriately use them to build their stories. Through this project, students came to understand the wisdom they had gained in life, but also the power of their written voice to share it with the next generation.
Who Done It
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.
Each mystery featured our dramatic staff in a video introduction or hook - check them out: