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BE First Graders Take Action


First graders in Mrs. Mann's class enjoy Project Based Learning! Driving question: How can help we support our community members in need? 

Working closely with Sara from jobs and family services, first grade students were able to brainstorm their ideas and develop an action plan to support their very own community. They decided a food drive would be the best option to support those in need. The students used reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies daily to develop promotional strategies to involve all Burton Elementary students and staff in their mission. The students created posters, flyers (which were created on Google Docs and sent out to the school community), and a promotional video.

The children participated in their first gallery walk which allows for kind critique and positive feedback. The children were able to give suggestions to each other which helped them create their best work. "We made revisions on the hallway posters quite a few times. The children were very supportive of providing the best, helppositive feedback. They continue to use these strategies daily when we revise work. I am so proud of them for influencing each other in a positive way! It was absolutely amazing to witness and then to see it continue daily!" Mrs. Mann states. 

The children also spoke via google hangout with an expert majorfilm motion film producer from New York City a few times to learn how to take footage for a promotional video. After speaking to Steve Beganyi, the children put together the set, wrote and revised the script, and filmed each teams ideas. We sent the rough draft to NYC for critique, made revisions and finished our final copy. This was sent out school-wide and on social media to promote the needs of our community members. 

The student teams designed eye-catching turkey donation boxes to place around Burton Elementary. We decided a turkey would be the best symbol to promote kindness and thankfulness since this food drive took place during the Thanksgiving season. 

donationWe would like to thank all of those who donated and participated in supporting this wonderful project! During collection week, we used our math skills daily to keep track of our donations. We sorted, grouped items in twos, fives, and tens. We skip counted, kept a tally chart and worked on two-digit addition and subtraction skills. THE FINAL TOTAL WAS 496 ITEMS!!! Sara was thrilled and very impressed with the dedication and loving hearts of these first grade students. She is looking forward to working with us next year! Thank you Burton Elementary students and staff for supporting our project!!! 

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