First grade students at Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School created this calendar as part of a unit on access to food. During their studies, students visited community agencies that help people gain access to healthy food, including community gardens, food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. In preparation for their visits, students worked in study groups to practice interviewing skills and developed questions to help them understand how to help people gain access to healthy food.
Following their visits, students brainstormed solutions to hunger. The twelve most important ideas became the twelve months of the calendar. Students studied exemplar calendars from previous years, created rubrics of what excellent work looks like, and gave each other feedback. Their final calendar illustrations were professionally printed and donated to the student group agencies and sold in the community.
This project was produced during a larger exhibition called Farms and Food.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- Great model for service learning
- Highlights young students doing extensive fieldwork
- The final product represents the integration of the arts, nutrition and health and social justice
- Illustrations are charming and carefully done
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