Each year, the Salt Lake City School District sponsors a Bees game for all of their 5th graders. In the special pre-game show, students pledge to live drug free and to make safe choices.
Prevention Dimensions (PD) is sponsored by Utah's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities division of the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) as part of the health core. The program began in 1982 as a joint effort between the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse, Utah State Department of Health, Utah State Office of Education, and Utah State PTA, and has been revised several times since. The mission of PD is to give students a strong foundation of effective violence and substance abuse prevention skills.
To be honest, we enjoyed the game more than the pre-game show. And, some of us enjoyed the food and sunlight more than the actual game.
I found this idea on Pinterest. It's amazing what students can do with clear vinyl from Wal-Mart (you know, the kind you buy by the yard to protect tablecloths from spills), greyscale photo printouts of each child, and colored Sharpies.
1. Take a photo of each student and print them out. Some photo editing programs offer a feature that will "outline" them for you, which makes it a bit easier for students to decide which parts to outline.
2. Cut the clear vinyl to match up with the photo but leave enough for a border. Mine were cut to about 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (about half of a normal sheet of paper), because the photos printed two to a page.
3. Have students center the clear vinyl over their photo and trace the basic outlines of their face and shoulders in black Sharpie.
4. Have students color themselves and add a background or frame.
5. Spray a little water (1-2 spritzes) on the window and attach the window cling.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the Sharpie side is NOT against the window, or the Sharpie will come off on the window and ruin the student's project.
Everyone who came in my classroom loved to look at these. As light came through the window, the self portraits produced a stained glass effect. Thank you for your help with these, Amy Hemingway and Heather Erickson!
Karen Redmon originally migrated to SLC from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations from BYU and a Master's in Teaching from Westminster. She's taught 4th, 1st, and 5th grades. Her interests include: camping, hiking, swimming, dancing, singing, pottery, sewing, theater, music, reading, and most of all-- learning.