Cora Kelly Creates with UpCycle

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How can 70 kids and 10 teachers learn and create with trash? At UpCycle, we develop creative minds by reusing materials. Our green idea is to demonstrate that waste materials can be a resource for scientific investigations and artistic expression by implementing an UpCycle unit that integrates science and the arts with four kindergarten classes at Cora Kelly School. In each kindergarten classroom, UpCycle teachers will provide a science lesson that enables students to observe and explore reuse items, describe the physical properties of reuse materials, and understand that materials can be reused, recycled, and conserved. Students will be encouraged to consider what waste items they have at home that can be used for creating and bring these items to school to compile a reuse collection for their classrooms. In the art room, the kindergarten students will manipulate and arrange reuse materials to create mixed media works of art that include the human figure as subject matter. All instructional objectives of our UpCycle unit are directly linked to Virginia Standards of Learning for Kindergarten. The estimated cost of this project is $1920, which includes planning, coordination and instruction for 8 visits to Cora Kelly kindergarten classrooms from UpCycle’s highly experienced teachers/artists as well as the reuse materials and art supplies needed for the science and art lessons. The project will be implemented in May and June 2015 at Cora Kelly School. The beneficiaries of this project will be approximately 70 kindergarten students and 10 staff members at Cora Kelly School, who will see that waste materials can be a resource for scientific investigations and artistic expression. Furthermore, almost 80% of the students at Cora Kelly come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, so this project will provide enrichment that students might not otherwise experience.

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