Bellevue Public Schools summer school readers tackled more than text this summer, they tackled textiles and created a modern addition to the Sarpy County Museum’s “Depression to Digital: Celebrating 80 Years of Quilting.” Now through August 16, the project will display the young, contemporary quiltmakers’ exhibit as part of the annual competition.
“What started as an idea to have the kids create a fabric quilt, turned into a fabric quilt, a paper quilt (with videos linked to the images using Aurasma) and a chalk quilt,” third grade teacher Brittany Braasch said. “This was a wonderful way to take what the students were reading, and create something to show what they learned.”
The Bellevue Elementary project-based summer reading class brought together all challenges of literacy – from character analysis and story mapping to comprehension – when they flipped through the pages of the book, Lead with Your Heart. However, the teachers took it a step further by enhancing the stories with hands-on activities like illustrating, blogging, acting and of course, quilting.
In the three-week program, these soon-to-be third graders also had the unique opportunity to pair with the CritterKin series author Jena Ball through Google+ Hangouts. Because of her on-going guest speaker role with the class, they co-wrote a play based on the book which was performed for nearly 70 parents on the final day of summer school. Told from the perspective of dogs, this book and others in the CritterKin series teach students important life lessons and emotional skills such as empathy, compassion and respect.
The reading-based student project will be on display Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and the exhibit is free and open to the public.