Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Saving the Polar Bears with Science and Math Integration

Have you heard about Polar Bears International?


This organization does so much for the polar bears!  For the last two years my classes have performed plays to fund raise money for this organization.


Here in Texas we have state standards called TEKS.  One of our TEKS states:

identify and explain a problem such as the impact of littering on the playground and propose a solution in his/her own words

I have gently inspired my students to solve the problem of arctic animals losing their homes after we complete Deanna Jump's Arctic Animals unit.  We perform a lot in our learning, so my kiddos have voted to perform plays to raise change for the polar bears so we can "Make a Change for Polar Bears". We used Heidi Songs Primary Plays.  They're the best!  Click HERE to see a snippet of our show!

To inform others about the troubles in the arctic, we created Adobe Spark videos to email to the campus and created QR codes to attach to brochures we wrote for our our families.





My littles love to use Adobe Spark to show what they know.  This app is so simple to use and they use it 100% independently!  WOW!  We had 5 groups create videos.  Each group had an Adobe Spark expert on their team so their teams could be independent in their creations.  Click the picture below to see one of the informational videos we made.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/05aac920-c5f0-481f-ba16-7f8b8768296d


We also created these little collection cups for each class in our school to donate their loose change.  Each class on campus brought their change to our classroom on the day we performed.  We also performed for our families at night.


Once we collected the change we used it to sort into pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to master our state standard:

identify U.S. coins by name, including pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters

We collected over $300 to send to Polar Bears International!


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