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What Does It Mean To Be Honest?

School: Lake Bluff Elementary School

City/State: Shorewood, WI

Grade(s): 1, 2

Format(s): Children's book

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Students in Lake Bluff’s MAC 1 East (multiage 1st and 2nd-grade classroom) were responsible for creating a presentation about honesty for their school wide community circle. Students worked in small teams - two MAC 1 students with one MAC 3 student (multiage 5th and 6th-grade classroom) to brainstorm what they thought honesty meant. Working together with the older students helped foster a more in depth conversation and brought in multiple perspectives.

After the brainstorming activity, statements were selected. As a class, the MAC 1 students came up with examples for each statement about what honesty means to them. In pairs, the students illustrated the examples that would go with each statement. The pages were put together as a class book  and students recorded an audio version of each student reading the text on the page they had illustrated.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • A strong example of collaboration between multi-aged students to create a succinct and cohesive final product
  • Illustrations are charming and carefully done
  • Excellent example of younger students exploring and thoughtfully considering the meaning of a word

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can include an ending to my informational text.
  • With support from adults, I can revise my writing by adding details.
  • With support from adults, I can use digital tools to publish my writing.
  • With support, I can use digital tools to publish my writing.
  • I can use drawings or other visual displays to help me express myself.
  • I can use drawings or other visual displays to support what I say.
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