This year I let each of my Mods(classes) choose a project to complete. You may have read in one of our earlier postings about my Mod 1 class and their ideas to reduce the national debt. They made a video and wrote a three page letter to our President. He responded a few weeks later with a letter and some photos. Once my other Mods saw that, they totally got on board and stopped procrastinating and wanted to nail down a project. Mod 3 is choosing a curriculum related item to learn about.(More to follow on this) Mod 2 and 4 are still selecting their ideas and Mod 5 picked a rather ambitious idea.
After learning about propaganda, several of my students came across this video:
Many of you may have seen it or have heard your children talking about it. This video showcases capturing Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA in Central Africa. His crimes have lasted more than 2 decades. This video has taken some criticism and with everything that is put out in the media, everyone views it differently and there are lots of opinions. My 5th Mod was extremely moved by the fact that he has abducted nearly 30,000+ children over the past 9 years and committed several crimes against humanity. They made some serious connections between our WWII studies and propaganda used today. Above all else, they just wanted to be a part of something and use their power for good. It has been rather refreshing to hear in today's world.
My students decided that they would collect 30,000 plastic lids or bottle tops to use to create a mural for our school. The 30,000 caps to honor the 30,000 abducted and the mural to spread awareness of this man's crimes and to beautify our school with recycled art. Thus doing a lot of good with one project. We started this journey a week ago. Not only has this been a Mod 5 thing, but I have kids from other Mods and all over our school helping. It has been amazing. One small idea has sparked an ARMY!
Just what can we accomplish with a bunch of pieces of plastic? You might be surprised....
In one week we have:
(people are helping and the caps are rolling in. It is humbling to be out in public and have someone hand you a plastic bag filled with bottle caps because they heard about this project! That is powerful.)
~Received 3 pieces of 4 by 8 ft. plywood from Morris Wood Enterprises
~Collected, washed, counted, and sorted by color 6,887 plastic caps and lids
~primed our wood to prepare it for our design(students created the design and I can't wait for you to see it)
~lined up volunteers to help us draw, and paint
The next time you look at a cap or plastic lid, wherever you are, I hope you think of this and smile, after you mail us the cap, of course!!:-)
EVERY CAP COUNTS, SO EVEN IF YOU DONATE JUST ONE, THAT IS SOMETHING!
If you have caps to donate we need 23,113 more by May 1st, 2012. Thank you for helping.
Mrs. Barry's Social Studies Class
Excelsior Middle School
3555 North 10th Street
Marion, Iowa 52302