February Classroom of the Month— Get in the Scrap!
Each month the Museum will feature a standout classroom participating in Get in the Scrap! Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project about recycling and energy conservation, inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during World War II. Each featured class does stellar work to make a difference in their school, home, community and even the planet!
For February, we’re featuring students at American Corner Karaganda group who are using Get in the Scrap! to help learn English in Kazakhstan. The students and their teacher, Taryn U’Halie, sat down to answer a few questions for us about their work with Get in the Scrap!
Team Name: KZ Junior Army
Number of Get in the Scrap! points thus far: 27
How has Get in the Scrap! been a good fit for your curriculum? Please explain:
“The GITS service-learning project has been a strong edition to the free English courses that are provided at the Karaganda library that house the American Corner sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Astana. I’ve used the lessons to improve intermediate to advanced English language learners in the community, but it has also expanded their learning on U.S. American History during WWII. It has spread an awareness of recycling and energy conservation as it pertains to the U.S. and Kazakhstan. Mainly, it has connected the class participants with a love for learning science and how ecology is a global concern for humans worldwide.”
The students’ general consensus is Get in the Scrap! helps develops their English language skills. The students feel, “Get in the Scrap helps to know interesting topics and to improve communicating skills by discussing it” and “The program has helped me practice my speaking english by interacting with the teacher and other students.”
What has been your favorite activity? Why?
Quote Promise Pix, where students each make an individual promise to conserve energy or recycle. Some remarks from students:
“My favorite activity is making a promise because it helps up to set up goals.”
“Most of all I liked giving a promise. I felt like I was able to contribute to saving of energy.”
“Giving a promise is my favorite activity because with #getinthescrap (hashtag) we can share with people around the world and it gives us that we are not alone.”
“I have enjoyed “to pledge” activity because I’ve been able to enrich my vocabulary and shared my ideas with my classmates.”
This is just one of the many amazing classrooms participating in the Get in the Scrap! national service learning project. You can learn more and sign up your classroom today at getinthescrap.org!
Post by Savannah Bamburg, Education Intern @ The National WWII Museum