MSU College of Education Student(s): Erika Rios, Melissa Chamberlain, Tatiana Boinais, and Ashley "Brooke" Johnson

Date: April 9, 2013 Grade Level: 3rd

Instructor: Carla Stone Email:

Teaching Assistant: Bella Tirtowalujo Email:


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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

For our project we will have each student in the class write and illustrate a picture-book to give to a resident at a nursing home. This will allow them to work on their writing and be creative with the illustrations. Along with the picture-book, we will have each student make a no-sew fleece lap-blanket for the resident at the nursing home. We will also have the students make a tissue paper flower, then bundle everything together. We will take the students to the nursing home and have them give the picture-book pack to a resident at the nursing home, then give the student and the resident time to read the book together and get to know each other.


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?

The community need that we will address is the need of visitors/company for the elderly in nursing homes. They have a lot of wonderful stories to share and truly enjoy talking to others. We believe that this is an important need because so many of the residents in nursing homes do not receive a lot of visitors, and we feel that having elementary students visit will brighten up their days, and bring them a lot of joy.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Some of the services we will be provided to the elderly, as we mentioned before, will be the need of companionship for the elderly who feel lonesome. In many cases elderly are left behind and do not have anyone who they rely to or feel any type of affection. With children visiting the elderly, the elderly will truly enjoy the day with a truly meaningful experience they will have in spending time with the children


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?

This project ties into many different subject areas in the third grade curriculum. When the students write the stories they will be working on their writing, spelling, and story-telling skills. They also have to illustrate the pictures which ties into the arts. When the students make the blankets they will need to use math/science to measure the material and to cut the strips to be tied. They will also use math and art to create the tissue paper flower. When the students visit the nursing home, they will have a chance to work on their literacy by reading the story that they wrote to the resident that they are matched with.

What are the educational goals?

We hope that the students will end the project with a new-found inspiration and enjoyment of the skills that they worked on during the project: writing stories, illustrating, measuring, folding tissue paper flowers (math), and literacy. We hope to spark in them the want to participate in community service and most importantly address their creativity skills.

Curriculum Connections

Strand: 3rd grade level (creative arts/literature/writing)

TLW: Students will practice their writing skills, illustrating their own book through their imagination, as well as address their creative arts. (ex. tissue paper flower) In addition, the students will also learn, prior to the trip, the different life stages we all go through in life to give them a glimpse of why people are old.

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.


3MD.Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.

3MD.Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures.

3G.Reason with shapes and their attributes.( making flower)


3RL.Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity.

3RI.Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Range of reading and Level of text Complexity

3RF. Phonics and Word recognition, fluency

3W. Production and distribution of Writing, range of Writing,

3SL. Comprehension and Collaboration, Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

3L.Conventions of Standard English, Vocabulary acquisition and Use.


ART.VA.I.3.1 Compare the use of various materials to communicate ideas and sensory experiences in an artwork.

ART.VA.I.3.3 Describe, discuss, and model the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas.

ART.VA.I.3.4 Select, present, and evaluate personal artwork.

ART.VA.II.3.5 Create artwork that aesthetically and creatively conveys an idea.

ART.VA.III.3.5 Discuss how personal experiences influence the creation of art.

ART.VA.V.3.4 Illustrate connections between the visual arts and other curriculum through student artwork.

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?

  • Reflection journals (Post trip and Pre-triP)
  • Picture gathering (scrap booking)
  • Showcase the project in Report Card Night or Parent Conferences
  • Night/Day of Appreciation (mini award ceremony for the students hard work and dedication)


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)

Students will be exploring abilities/disabilities. The teacher will also inform the students of generational differences between the students and the residents they will visit.


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?

Each student will have the opportunity to create their own story to give to one of the residents of the nursing home. Since they will be using their own imagination to write and illustrate the books, the children will be able to take responsibility and ownership of the project.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

We will partner with the Leisure Living Management. It is a senior living community in East Lansing. This organization creates a home-like environment while offering assistance and care for the elderly. Leisure Living Management residents may not regularly receive visitors or have any family in the area. We will partner with this organization because the residents though surrounded by peers and loving staff will find joy in sharing their stories and talking to a student.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

The students will benefit from this partnership because they will be able to work on their creativity and writing skills, and also learn about responsibility in preparation of the project. The students will gain confidence from talking to a resident of the elderly living community and be able to show consideration and appreciation of others.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Our partner will benefit from this collaboration because they will have company, and someone that cares about them comes to visit them. They will have the opportunity to share their stories, and talk to a student.



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?

Before we start the project we will have the students write down their feelings on service learning and what they think they will get out of this project. We will start assessing the students as they work on each individual aspect of the project: measuring the blanket, writing and illustrating the story, folding the flower, etc. We will then have each student write a reflection of their experience after we get back from the assisted living community. By collecting these reflections and reading through them, we will be able to see what the children learned and received from doing this service learning question.

How will you assess your service goals?

We will assess our service goals by looking at the student's original response (their feelings about service learning and what they think they will get out of the project) and their final reflection (their overall opinions of the project after meeting with elderly). We will be able to see their growth and maturation as the project progressed, and be able to see their understanding of the importance of service learning.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Before our departures to do service learning, the students will reflect upon their relationship with their grandparents or any elderly they associate with. This reflection accounts for the students' emotional attachment they may experience throughout the process. Through the academic year, the students will also be experiencing different art form in the curriculum ex. visual arts, theatre arts, music etc... This will prepare them in creating their flowers and blanket. In addition, the students will also be writing down in their journals any emotions they are feeling (post and pre-trip reflection journals.

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

  • Students can visit weekly the elderly citizens prior to their project
  • Dinner with their pals
  • fundraise for supplies or necessities elderly people may need (toiletries, food etc.)
  • making a book club



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

The students will be working on their hand-eye coordination. They will be cutting, tying, measuring, writing/drawing, etc. all of which are life-long skills. This project also works to teach the students about respect for their elders. Through the project the students will discover the joys of serving others and giving back to the community. They will be working one-on-one with a resident of a nursing home and talking to them about their experiences and interests. This project will advance the student's social progress as they work with their peers to serve a group of people that they might not normally have the opportunity to interact with.