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    The reading club students put on a show inspired by books on jungles. The show was aimed at children from preschool to grade 2 attending local elementary schools. To finance the project, the students made bookmarks that were then sold at the school's Christmas craft fair.

    The show was set in a life-sized jungle setting. Two explorers and their trio of guides (the activity monitors) headed out into the Amazonian rain forest in Brazil. The young audience members were encouraged to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities. The students had the opportunity to learn a few words in Portuguese, identify jungle animals, pantomime tales and join in a massive treasure hunt. A story, taken from the read'n'play book Coco Incognito, was told using giant puppets. Near the end of the show, the children got to make their own adventure notebook with their picture on the cover.

    Levels of education

    Secondaire 2e cycle (3e 4e et 5e années)

    Students involved

    13 Students

    Nature of the project

    Événement

    Results observed

    Over thirty books on jungles were presented to three elementary schools, the show was put on five times and was seen by 130 children. Thirteen teenagers and a number of adults organized the event.

    The project had a positive influence on both the children attending the show and the teenaged performers and producers. They learnt how to structure a project, prepare and respect a schedule, and adapt to unexpected problems. They demonstrated perseverance and team spirit, developed their self-confidence, surpassed themselves, recognized the talents of others, and co-operated for the good of the project and team.

    Involvement and support

    Several members of the school staff were involved in the project: the librarian and French teacher (overseeing the reading club and supervising the project), the school psychologist (making bookmarks), the lab technician (used carpentry skills to help students build the backdrops) and the educational counsellor (ensured the educational value of the content of the show).

    Thanks are also due to the organizers of the school's Christmas craft fair, who donated a booth; the bookstore Librairie Alpha, which took the bookmarks made by the reading club on consignment; and the elementary schools that accepted the invitation to attend the show and paid to transport students from their elementary school to the high school where the show was held.

    Major steps

    • Project defined, different stages of the project set and schedule prepared
    • Fundraising campaign (bookmarks made and sold)
    • Literary material adapted and tasks assigned (actors, backdrops, costumes, etc.)
    • Preliminary tasks carried out (rehearsals, backdrops built and invitations sent out)
    • Show put on

    Project materials needed

    • Decorations, costumes and puppets
    • Books
    • Computer and interactive whiteboard 
    • Rehearsal room

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad areas of learning

    Subject areas

    Intellectual competency

    Methodological competency

    Communication-related competency

    Personal and social competencies

    Positive influences on student retention

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