Need A Project Idea

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    We are doing projects this year by grade level. They are supposed to do an advanced level product based on a way to solve a community problem.

    Any thoughts? I'd love to do something like the homeless or unwanted animals but I think those concepts are too heart-breaking for our little ones to handle.
     
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    How about a canned pet food drive for a no-kill animal shelter?
     
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    It's not so much a community service project, as much as them coming up with a solution to the problem. There is going to have to be some kind of product. But thanks czacza.
     
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    So what do you see as problems in your community?
     
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    What about doing something for a nursing home or veteran's? Do you know how much the people in the nursing home would love to get cards, pick some flowers or make something special in class.

    I think you are right it may be a little much for K for the animals, but so worthy....
     
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    Is there something you can do with respect to the drought in Texas?? I'm not sure just what, but I bet there's something kids can do. Maybe even make people more aware of conservation through a poster contest or something???
     
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    We did a recycling project just two weeks ago (1st) and the kids go SO into it that they started getting on to me every time I would throw a paper away.

    Outside my window at school there is a tree that has plastic bags in it from people tossing things out their windows going down the road. My kids saw that and the need/want for recycling was even stronger.

    The movie Wall-E definitely helps too.. I had one little boy say "Well if we don't recycle and save water, then we'll have to live in space and be fat people like on Wall-E cause there won't be any trees left."
     
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    Thank you very much for your suggestions!:thanks:

    Alice-I don't know why I didn't think of the drought-that certainly does effect us tremendously. When I turned in that idea however, another grade level had already snapped that up. :(

    We're going to adopt a senior living center (thanks Diznee). Discuss with the kids how the people there get lonely and have them design their own center-- make a model (collaborating in groups) with ideas of special rooms they could have, etc.

    I'm excited-I think the kids and hopefully some seniors will be able to benefit from it and it still incorporates that higher-level thinking they wanted to see.
     
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    This is so neat! I love the idea of the students working to come up with a solution to a real problem.
     
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    What a great way to instill compassion for the elderly in our youngsters!
     
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    How about having your K's make No Littering signs to post in parks? They can write the words and draw pictures. You can laminate them. Maybe there is a park your class can walk to and hang them up.

    Then, learn about compost, recycling, and where garbage goes. You can visit a community garden (compost) and the trash facility! (ours does school tours of the recycling and trash plant ).
     

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