|How we start the project|
Next, we researched our family military history. This included interviewing living relatives or researching stories about deceased relatives. Students learned about the people in their lives that gave up so much to build this country. If possible we invite guest speakers in to share with the class about their experience. This year we had 5 guest speakers!
One parent shared with me that she didn't realize that they didn't talk about what their relatives had done. Her child was so proud to find out that she had four veterans in her family. Students bring in pictures, uniforms, medals, and other artifacts. These along with their interview forms allow students to create "stand in" interviews. Students are interviewed "standing in" for their relative. They share the the details they learned about their lives. These interviews are video taped using an iPad.
Finally, students turn investigative reporters and interview living veterans who attend our school veterans appreciation breakfast. Most veterans are more than willing to share their experience. In fact, I think they feel honored that we are even interested. This year we interviewed approximately 30 veterans.
All of this culminates into an iMovie that includes their Explain Everything, their stand in interviews if applicable, and their live interviews.
|Putting the pieces together in their iMovie. They need quiet space to record or listen so we end up all over the building. It's a little like herding cats!|
My goals for this project are always for my students to be able to research information, summarize the important facts by taking notes, and share their information in a way that conveys their message. However, with this project there is a much deeper goal in mind...for students to better understand what it means to put on the uniform of this country. The sacrifice that the solider and the family they leave behind make. Ultimately to gain a better appreciation for those who have served and those who are serving.
|Our poppy art infusion. We used these to decorate for the Veterans Day breakfast.|