Module 1 (Investigate/Explore). How might you facilitate opportunities for students to recognize or learn about real needs within communities that they might be able to help? : Allow students time each day to get out into the school yard and take photos (observations through the camera lens).
Allow students to take cameras home and take photos in their neighborhoods.
Focus of the camera lens will be on local waterways, street drains, corners of their neighborhood buildings...anywhere water accumulates in their local spaces.
Module 1 (Investigate/Explore). What unique places, activities, field trips, or investigations might you use to engage your students in new content or unexpected discoveries that will help them connect to your theme, topic, or project? : visit local school yard with cameras in hand
visit nearby neighborhoods observing through the camera lens
Trip to the waterways nearby our school using the cameras to take photos of the banks of the waterways
Module 1 (Investigate/Explore). Three guiding questions I might use to help my students begin their exploration and inquiry of our community are: : Where will you make your observations for this project?
What will you focus your camera lens upon for this project?
When will you take a trip through your neighborhood? (List out all of the times)
Why will you observe with a camera for this project?
Module 2 (Communities/Partner). How will you define the community you will work within OR how will you help your students define the community they will work within? : Starting where we are, in the local community.
Module 2 (Communities/Partner). List three (3) partners that you've researched or found near your school or in your community that may serve as a starting point for developing a strong community partnership. : District administration
Local hardware store (parent owned)
Local print shop
Local water/civic agency
Module 2 (Communities/Partner). Considering the partners you've selected, what improvements might each individual or organization provide to your school or project? List at least one possibility for each of the three (3) partners. : Discuss findings with our local district keep administration abreast of our findings
Hardware store will supply us with tools to pick up trash
Print shop will allow us to make prints of the student photos
Visiting waterways looking for specific focus from the local water/civic agency
Module 3 (Empathy/Connect). What types of experiences do you anticipate using to help your students cultivate empathy and connection to your theme or topic during your project? : Take a look at the neighborhood/school yard through the eyes of the insects/animals/plants that are living there. What might they think and feel?