District: Lowell Area Schools Building: Murray Lake Elementary

Teacher(s): Nancy Breuker, Karen Eldridge, Denise Washburn

Main Contact: Denise Washburn Email: dwashburn@lowellschools.com

Grade Level: 1st Grade Subject(s): Social Studies, ELA

First Semester:      Second Semester:      All Year: X


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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

We want our students to learn about and appreciate the elderly members of our community. We will visit and interact with the residents of Fountainview of Lowell (assisted living facility). Each first grade class will visit twice throughout the school year interacting in a variety of ways (singing, reading, playing games...). We will conclude our service learning project with a final visit with all three classes to plant flowers for the residents to enjoy through the summer months.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

We have found through past experiences a need for cross generational experiences for our elderly residents at Fountainview and our first grade students.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will provide a variety of experiences.

• Companionship

• Communication through cards, pictures and letters

• Singing, reading, and playing games

• Trick or Treating

• Christmas Party

• Thanksgiving cookie decorating

• Planting Flowers


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

• Social Studies- Respect, Citizenship, Past/Present/Future

• Character- Compassion

• Writing- Letters to residents, journal writing about experience

What are the educational goals?

• Community and the importance and treatment of all it's members

• Past/Present/Future- Better understanding of the past and how it relates to the present and future

• Character - Caring and showing compassion for others.

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Strand: 01SS: (History)

TLW use time and chronology as a means for understanding past, present, and future events.

(Gist: Past - Present - Future)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

• Diversity

• Character Education

• Social Studies (KC4 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5)


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one's relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

• Class Discussion

• Pictures and journal writing


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?  (i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

• Generational- between elderly and first grade students

• Disabilities- need for walkers, wheelchairs, and hearing aids

Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

• Making and selling Christmas cards to buy Christmas gifts for the residents.

• Practice and performance of songs, poems, reader's theaters...

• Writing letters, making cards



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

Michelle Blough, Fountainview Activity Director and the residents of Fountainview of Lowell

How will students benefit from this partnership?

They will learn to understand and appreciate the elderly.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The partners benefit from the companionship and entertainment provided by the children while doing activities together. They also benefit by being able to teach the children skills they have.


Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

• Class discussion

• Journal writing

How will you assess your service goals?

• Feedback from Fountainview's activity director

• Student feedback



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

• Make and sell Christmas cards (raising money for Christmas gifts)

• Read stories with elderly characters to assist in understanding

• Class discussion about the aging process and the challenges that sometimes accompany it - both social and physical

• Drawing pictures and writing to residents to begin building the relationships

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

• Sing-alongs

• Reading to the residents

• Decorating cookies

• Christmas party

• Playing games/puzzles

• Planting flowers