We had much to celebrate on the final day of Model Teaching Week: almost 100 students and 100 teachers participated, six of Sope Creek's teachers served as Model Teachers, community members and local experts taught students about real-world topics, problems, and solutions.
Erin Mauldin, Kerry Lance, Alisa Braddy, Ellen Auchenpaugh, Fallon Hinz, Kate Francis, Cheri Vaniman, & Stephanie Neal
Students who participated in each of the classrooms created Social Action Projects.
Kindergarten and First Grade Students assembled bags of food to donate to MUST Ministries. They learned how to cook a healthy recipe for zucchini fajitas (with vegetables from the garden) from Seth Freedman and Nichole Lupo. Earlier in the week, students wrote a persuasive letter to Publix at Delk Spectrum requesting donations of healthy food to feed people who may not otherwise have food to eat. After learning the recipe, they assembled bags of food (complete with a copy of the recipe) in bags. A representative from MUST met students and taught them about how meals are prepared daily for children who may not otherwise eat a healthy meal.
Second and Third Grade Students in Mrs. Lance and Ms. Mauldin's Class created a variety of public service announcements (posters, videos, graphic organizers, pamphlets, and PowerPoint Presentations about pollution problems and solutions. They educated visitors and then presented them with a bag of "Green Tips." Directions for making air fresheners with essential oils, natural laundry detergent, and helpful hints were presented in a reusable grocery bag.
Second and Third Grade Students in Mrs. Vaniman and Mrs. Neal's Class presented a PhotoShow about Native & Non-Native Plants and their Being There Experience to Sibley Pond where they studied macro invertebrates. They taught others how to make and disperse Seed Balls with native plant seed to repopulate native plant species. View their PhotoShow below:
Fourth and Fifth Grade Students presented a variety of Public Service Announcements about survival and taking care of the environment. Students used thier SMARTS to educate others about our world and how to help it survive.
We were also fortunate to have Susan Kovalik join us for our final day of MTW. She visited all four classrooms, met students and teachers, and challenged the group to make decisions based on what is best for kids and to BE THE CHANGE in education.