This past holiday season, third graders from St. Clement School and their families made holiday cards for deployed U.S. soldiers.
Students learned about some of the sacrifices our troops make when joining the military. Students learned to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and consider how other people feel.
Students set the goal for how many cards we should send and then figured out how many cards each student needed to make to reach that goal. Students decided how to decorate their cards and what to write inside. Students also decided to ask their families to sign/make cards also.
Students spread holiday cheer in hopes of brightening the day of over 400 US soldiers who were away from their families for the holidays. Students reflected by having a class discussion about why we did the project, how they hoped the cards made the soldiers feel, and what else they can do for our troops in the future. Students then wrote in their journals by reflecting on the project by writing a prayer for our troops.
If you are a teacher would like to have your students participate in a similar project, here is how it aligns with state standards:
CS.3.1 Respond to the need to care for and share their gifts of time, talent, possessions, etc.
W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.