Last year, our school introduced a den system, which is similar to the house system used in other schools (think Harry Potter). There are four “dens” for our school because we are wolves and wolves live in dens. I am part of the den committee and our job is to provide at least four whole school events in which students get to meet in their dens and work together as a team.
At the beginning of this year, we decided to do a banner activity which would help to address one of our learning attributes: creativity. Kids would get together in their dens and create one card which would be joined with others to make their den banner. The guiding questions were, “What is one way your den represents the school,” and “How do you show one of the 6 C’s in your den. The 6 C’s are the main attributes we want our students to demonstrate as part of our learning community. They are creativity, communication, citizenship, character, critical thinking, and collaboration.
This was a great way to spend the afternoon. Kids brought in their drawing materials, shared with their teammates, and helped each other create their cards.
Once these cards were created, they were handed off to me. My job was to put them together with the den names and hang them up. I enlisted the help of three very good moms and they came in on their afternoons to paste all the cards in place for the banners.
I made the letters by projecting the letters onto my white board and tracing them on black paper. The moms cut them out and put them on top of the cards the students made.
We put the banners up in our gym and the kids now sit underneath them during our monthly assemblies. This is a great project for community involvement and to beatify the school.