Day 138 (of 185) cardboard week+
As we pass earth day, my thoughts come back to some fun projects around recycled/found creations. I strongly believe that the imagination sometimes needs some kindling to keep furled, so as we mix sun and showers in our learning community, I thought it was a good time to start a new design-thinking challenge.
I started with one of my kids favourite Robert Munsch book: Playhouse http://robertmunsch.com/book/playhouse
I like this book for several reasons, but I chose it today because it talks about imagination, it is in a rural setting, and one of the creations uses: cardboard (there’s the hook!)
I then shared an inspiring story about a 9 year old who created his own cardboard arcade –> Caines Arcade: http://cardboardchallenge.com
And then, as a way to promote a recycling mindset, we talked about pizza boxes – knowing that we don’t have an active pizza place that delivers to our community….yet….😉 but as a way for students to think about repurposing some ‘found materials’ in unique ways: https://youtu.be/_nq_ZI_rDwQ
Then we start entering: the design stage – which always gets pushed to ‘the next day’ because of fun shares, focused on some reading strategies: connecting to the book (and videos) and questioning….and then starting to visualize… (thank you Adrienne Gear: http://www.readingpowergear.com/ ) <– I love the power of connecting reading/thinking/doing strategies to creative/imaginative work! Still get to introduce this topic to more classes this week, so I’m looking forward to seeing how each age-group of students take on this design Challenge. Pictures to follow…of design, prototyping, modelling and presenting!