Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Celebrating the Spring Equinox

For many years we have celebrated the Spring Equinox at school in a creative way.  I was lucky to work in a supportive environment that allowed for loosely shaped ideas.  During the first year we built a large tower out of wrapping paper, toilet paper, and paper towel tubes.  Those were collected over a long period of time, sorted according to size, and then put to use.  Sixth grade students, I believe, sketched up their ideas- we chose one plan - and went with it.  All morning long, groups of students arrived and used masking tape to put together groupings of tubes.  By the end of the day the tower was big, rather precarious, but still standing.  When I came in the next day, the tower had collapsed. The newspaper was going to come and cover the story, but the school secretary had told them not to come- that the tower had failed.
This project was, in fact, a success.  The materials were recycled, so the tape was the only expense.  The school worked together to achieve one goal- kindergartners through twelfth graders! It was truly a student designed and built project- it was a departure from what was normally done during the school day-  much fun was had -and no one hurt in the process.

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