During the week 4 inquiry, students examined how people are taking action to encourage and uplift their community. You can always dig deeper into this topic, challenging students to ask questions and make inferences. Try the extensions below!
Feedback and Reflection Extensions
On day 3, challenge students to post their “Uplifting Action Plans” in your digital classroom and give feedback by responding to the questions:
Does the plan use a passion (what I love) and a skill (what i’m good at) to provide something that would bring joy (what the world needs)?
Does it seem possible to execute this plan with the limitations?
Does the sketch represent the proposed action?
On Day 5, challenge students to post images of their final work in your digital classroom and give feedback using the “Share and Get Feedback” form.
Challenge students to read the article “Why tough times can create better neighbors” and consider:
How are people connecting even though they can't meet face-to-face?
What do these different actions have in common?
How have connections become even stronger between people and communities during this time when people are far apart?
Challenge students to read the article “Neighbors create "bear hunts" for kids amid coronavirus” and consider:
Why do you think people are making up simple games right now such as the bear hunts?
How have the teddy bear hunts extended into other activities?
How are the creators of these activities using their skills and passions to bring people joy?
How has being apart made some people feel closer and more connected?
Engineering/ Creative Problem Solving Extensions
On Day 2, challenge students to explore the stories below, investigating how creative contrastraints can sometimes lead to bursts of inspriation.
Questions: How did the constraint of writing a story in 50 words inspire Dr. Seuss to be creative?
Task: Write a poem using only 10 words. Write a story using only 20 words
Challenge students to learn from a famous artist. Many artists are offering lessons at this time:
Join artist Mo Willems for Lunch Doodles. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.
Join artist and author Dav Pilkey to get creative! Every Friday morning he will be broadcasting “Dav Pilkey at Home” in partnership with Scholastic and the Library of Congress. Find the activities here on the Scholastic website Find more information here from the Library of Congress about where to access the programs and all he will be offering!
Challenge students to select and watch a musical performance given during this time. Select examples that are appropriate for your students. Provide parents with information about the access of social media as needed. Ask students to respond to the music by creating their own songs or performances.
Health and Physical Education
Challenge students to design a way to stay active while home from school. They could create an obstacle course, a workout routine - the possibilities are endless! Check out the sources below for inspiration.
Video: Try Drawing a Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course, Here’s How from the Chicago Park District
Have students create their own dance routine inspired by Go Noodle!
It’s spring time! So many exciting changes are happening in nature at this time of year. Challenge students to explore the outdoors. Check out the sources below for inspiration.