Building Hope Caring Compassion

 
 
 
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Work Center

Drawing table:

Students, on plain paper, will draw and color a picture for a child. This will be the “cartoon”  drawing for the completed quilt square.

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Teacher’s note: stress that the child is in a country of violence, or poverty, possibly without parents, food, housing, and warmth.  The picture should be happy and friendly, nonpolitical (no flags), nondenominational (no crosses or churches), and nonviolent (no guns, tanks, planes, trucks, or helicopters.
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Teachers will proof picture.

Art Center:

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Students will color with permanent fabric marker muslin fabric squares.  (These will be the quilt squares).  Teachers will proof final pictures. Tip: squares may be taped down with masking tape to make a tight surface.  Paper pictures should be placed under fabric for tracing effect if needed.  Protect table with paper.

Letter Center:

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Students will write letters to a child using good form (Heading may be omitted for this purpose): Greeting, Body, and Signature.
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Grades Pre-K through 2nd may dictate a letter or storybook if possible.
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Teachers will proofread letters.

Folder Table:

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Compile letters in plastic sleeves in pocket folders, with paper pictures facing it.
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Students read each other’s letters - proofreading as necessary.

Extended Activities:

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Reading Table: include stories about children around the world, especially focusing on listed countries from this web site.
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Make a Fact board of Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, India, Africa –South Africa, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mexico ...

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Interviewing process:

  • Students can interview each other about their quilts and create a newspaper article.
  • Create a boardroom discussion with an interviewer moderating the discussion. Others can be note takers/or newspaper columnists.
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Completed quilt may be exhibited with photos from the web site

Additional Ideas and Extended Activities

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Sew the cotton squares together with a sewing machine for tactile stimulation.
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Have a bake sale to earn the money to get the quilts quilted (or sewn)
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Math:

  • Measure the quilt squares
  • Measure the finished quilt
  • Count the bake sale money
  • Total the cost of the quilt
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Language:

  • Pass the folders around and have the children proofread the finished letters.
  • Ask the students for an additional copy of their great letters for you to keep a sample booklet.
  • Students write a list of questions as if they were newspaper reporters. Create a boardroom and set up an interview situation. One student is the interviewer and interviews the others. Other students create a newspaper article, person. Create a reporting panel to ask questions.
  • Call the local papers to interview the children about their project.
  • Have the students bring in articles about what is happening in a country in war or poverty. Let them pick their own topics.
  • Have the students create a list: Name ten things that you would do to change the world. Mail the lists in to the newspaper, their congressman, or the president.
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Social Studies:

  • Research facts on Afghanistan, Israel, Zambia, India, Mexico, China, Iraq, India
  • Create an outline from facts categorizing
  • Write a research report on a country. Make a fact board.
  • Map work: find Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, China, Korea, Israel, India, Mexico...
  • Color in those countries on a world map

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