Food for Families Project

By Jenna Richter | November 29, 2016 | Uncategorized

This November we have been holding a food drive for Fish Food Bank in Ellensburg.  As a project based school each project must serve to educate us in multiple subjects.

I looked for ways to incorporate the Common Core State Standards for grades K-3.  Kindergartners have been practicing counting by ones, twos and fives and sorting the food that has been coming in by size, weight and shape.   First and second graders have compared greater than and less than (canned vs. dry goods, today vs. yesterday) used tally mark math to count donations by 5’s (one day we got 89 items!), worked on collecting data and graphing it on a bar graph as well as estimating and adding single and double digits.  Third grader Liam, has been building a line plot and subrtracting our current tally from our 100 lb goal and eventually after we surpassed it, from our 200 lb goal.  We also learned about converting ounces to lbs and weighed our food.

Marie Sabine balancing food on the scale.
Marie Sabine balancing food on the scale.
Liam converting data to a line plot.
Liam converting data to a line plot.

 

After the election, we were looking for ways to help our world in overwhelming times.  We made lists of actions we could take and helping people in our community was high on the list.  This invigorated the kids and families and food began to pour in!

Daily work included grouping and counting to food by one's, twos and 5's. Then charting our data on our bar graphs and line plots.
Daily work included grouping and counting to food by one’s, twos and 5’s. Then charting our data on our bar graphs and line plots (even on Halloween.)

 

Near the end of the drive, we did an Andy Warhol Soup Can inspired art project in the studio.  Students had a chance to practice their cursive while writing “Campbells”, looked at proportion, discussed using contrasting colors and came up with creative ideas for kinds of soup.

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Once all the food was collected, we made a food bar graph so we could compare types of food collected.

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By arranging the food into a bar graph by category, it was easy to order them from most to least and compare greater than to less than.

 

We finished our unit in the classroom by building a wall of love for our community families made entirely of food we had collected.

Building the wall was an engineering feat. Collaborating as well as balancing all the differents sizes and shapes.
Building the wall was an engineering feat. Collaborating as well as balancing all the differents sizes and shapes.

 

Wall of love with our Warriors of Love paintings.
Wall of love with our Warriors of Love paintings.

 

On the Monday before Thanksgiving we went on a field trip to Fish Food Bank in Ellensburg to deliver our food and volunteer.  We got to see how the program worked and helped to stock the shelves.

 

Louie, Van, Camden and Harlow stocking the shelves.
Louie, Van, Camden and Harlow stocking the shelves.

When we got back, we did a reflection of what we learned there.  The project was a huge success for the food bank but also for our classroom learning about community service and giving to those less fortunate.