Freedom… Even in School
The 4th of July is about more than just fireworks and BBQs! Our 5th and 6th graders know that it celebrates that special day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Even though it’s been a long time since the United States earned our freedom from Britain, the concept of freedom is still very important in our country.
And even in school, I’m continually amazed at what our students can accomplish when given the freedom to create. At the end of this year, students in Homebase Edelman were given a task to design and implement a project that gives to others on a global scale. You’ll be so impressed with what they came up with!
Group 1: MUSIC COMPOSITION (Topic: Homelessness)
This group composed and performed an original song, working to show what people are doing around the world to help homeless people.
Group 2: COLLABORATIVE ART / STOP MOTION ANIMATION (Topic: Deforestation)
This group of students drew a stunning art piece designed to educate people about what can be done to stop environmental damage. But that wasn’t enough for them, so they made a stop motion animation video using their art as a background!
Group 3: VIDEO (Topic: Ending the War in Afghanistan)
This group decided to speak directly to the public in a video, letting them know how the war in Afghanistan has an impact on people around the world.
Global giving doesn’t need to stop here, and it won’t. Personally, I am looking for ways to continue this work over the summer. I’ve got lots of freedom to explore since school is out.
If you are a student, help me come up with some ideas for global giving in the summer. What global action can you take this summer? Any ideas for the rest of us?
If you are a teacher, please share what amazing things your students have done when given the freedom to choose their own project?
Whoever you are, wherever you are — Best wishes to all Americans for a wonderful and safe Independence Day!