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February Classroom of the Month— Get in the Scrap!

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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 sat down to answer a few questions for us about their work with Get in the Scrap!

The American Corner Karaganda group with their 25 point prize — a Get in the Scrap! refrigerator magnet. Students also proudly display their Quote Promise Pix.

The American Corner Karaganda group with their 25 point prize — a Get in the Scrap! refrigerator magnet. Students also proudly display their Quote Promise Pix.

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

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January Classroom of the Month— Get in the Scrap!

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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 class featured has done stellar work to make a difference in their school, home, community and even the planet!

This month, we’re featuring students at Southern Magnolia Montessori School in Abita Springs, Louisiana.  The students and their teacher sat down to answer a few questions for us about their work with Get in the Scrap!

Southern Magnolia Montessori students with their haul from the Get in the Scrap! penny wars activity.  Students raised about $175 and donated to a variety of causes.

Southern Magnolia Montessori students with their haul from the Get in the Scrap! penny wars activity. Students raised about $175 and donated to a variety of causes.

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Number of Get in the Scrap! points thus far: 25

How has Get in the Scrap! been a good fit for your curriculum? Please explain: 

Get in the Scrap! perfectly echoes our school policies and lessons on caring for the environment. Plus, the students are extremely interested World War II— we have visited the Museum, attended the Air Power Expo, and scheduled two Red Ball Express visits in years past.

What has been your favorite activity? Why?

Penny Wars! They enjoyed the positive, healthy competition for a good cause. They donated to a local orphanage, to a classmate, and to their free enterprise project, Montessori Market. [Blogger’s note: At the school’s Montessori Market, students create and sell handmade goods and learn to budget.]

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 Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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December Classroom of the Month— Get in the Scrap!

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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 class featured has done stellar work to make a difference in their school, home, community and even the planet!

This month we’re featuring the Shiremanstown Home School Group from Duncannon, PA. The students sat down and answered a few questions for us about their work with Get in the Scrap!

The Shiremanstown Home School group preparing for their big event on December 10th!

The Shiremanstown Home School group preparing for their big event on December 10th!

Number of Get in the Scrap! Points thus far: 

We have 69 points so far and will receive the 25 points on December 10th, the night of the event when they share all of the work they’ve done and they need 6 more points besides, which will be completed in two weeks.  They have committed to doing every activity on the list. They are very excited about this.

How has Get in the Scrap! been a good fit for your curriculum? Please explain: 

This class is a Citizenship class and the students remarked that the curriculum has:

  1. Allowed us to work as a group.
  2. We learned about the history and sacrifices of the people during WWII.
  3. We understand that people need to pay attention to the environment and conserve resources.
  4.  We combined Penny Wars and Water Bottle Bank activities to collect money for Wreaths Across America so we could pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country. [Blogger’s note: The students have raised over $3,500  so far in memory of the Marines killed in the Pegasus crash in Hawaii.]
  5.  The Penny Wars helped us learn how to count change and manage our accounting, keeping tabs every week of our collections.
  6. Get In the Scrap Day! Is helping us to learn how to organize an event, plan for the people who are coming, and work with the community on a mission that’s important to us.

What has been your favorite activity? Why?

Our favorite activity has been planning the big event using all of the little activities to help us learn about what we are going to be presenting.  We can’t wait to do it!  [Blogger’s note: On December 10th, the group will be hosting a traditional holiday meal, followed by a production of “A World War II Radio Christmas.” Proceeds from the event will go to Susquehanna Service Dogs and Wreaths Across America.]

Any suggestions on new activities or how to improve the project?

We would like you to create a BINGO game like the Jeopardy game.  We could even help!

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 Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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Service Learning to Start the School Year!

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Mooresville project finishers

Students from Mooresville Middle School, the first classroom to finish the project last year. They are showcasing the prizes they won for all of their efforts.

With schools back in session, we say welcome to a second year of the Museum’s service learning project, Get in the Scrap! Inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during WWII, Get in the Scrap! encourages today’s students to become environmental stewards with fun classroom activities that earn them points and prizes. Participants in our first year had  successful experiences in their classroom, and many students finished their activities in May with a greater interest in both recycling and WWII Home Front history. Kids on the Home Front led by example and have inspired young girls and boys today to realize that they, too, can have an impact on their schools and communities.

Curious on how it works?

Join us for our launch webinar on Thursday, September 22 at 12 pm central time: Your students will discover how kids helped win WWII by scrapping common household items to be converted into war materials.  Learn firsthand from teachers and students how the project works in their classrooms. If you sign up for the launch webinar, your class will be able to start their Get in the Scrap! project with 5 bonus points. This’ll have your students one step closer to receiving their first prize!

Registrants will receive details on how to sign up for the project and curriculum materials. Space is limited—sign up today!

What’s new?

Is that the Brady Bunch? No, just students from Lincoln Middle School pledging to make a difference in their school and community!

Is that the Brady Bunch? No, just students from Lincoln Middle School pledging to make a difference in their school and community!

If you’re a returning classroom, we have three new activities and brand new prizes that’ll have your students wanting to do more to rack up their points.  Our new activities are a game of Jeopardy, the creation of a Memory Jar to track progress and daily happenings during your class’ time with the project, and a Water Bottle Bank that is a build-up to the Water Bottle 100 Challenge. It will have your students’ brains churning about how a plastic water bottle can serve more than 1 use. Each of these new Get in the Scrap! activities incorporates  key themes including teamwork, writing, and creativity.

Make sure to share your students’ progress with the Museum via the hashtag #getinthescrap and your class could be  featured as the Get in the Scrap! Classroom of the Month, which will be highlighted in the monthly e-newsletter and this blog!

Want more?

Keep track of all things Get in the Scrap! by following the hashtag  #getinthescrap on Instagram and Twitter. Also, sign up for the Museum’s monthly e-newsletter “Calling All Teachers!” for the latest Get in the Scrap! news and project updates. We’re looking forward to year two and to see how your student scrappers will enthusiastically complete the project!

Post by Camille Weber, Education Intern and Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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Get in the Scrap! Wrap-Up

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The school year has officially reached a close, and with that came the end to the first year of The National WWII Museum’s Get in the Scrap! service learning program on May 31. This project, which took each school about 1 to 3 months to complete, focused on the importance of recycling and conserving energy today through explanation of why scrapping was so important on the Home Front during the World War II era. This program offered students from fourth to eighth grade a parallel to the lives of students their age during the war.

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Get in the Scrap! called students to save items like water bottles and pennies as well as encouraged them to read primary sources about school salvage drives to collect rubber, steel, plastic, and paper on the American Home Front. These items were used to create weapons, supplies, and other necessities that the soldiers required to fight in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Some students who participated in Get in the Scrap! took a creative approach to the scrapping effort by decorating light switch plates and crafting with their left over water bottles.

Others found their competitive sides in a Penny War, which was one of the most popular activities for the schools. The Penny War is a one-week long competition to see which class could save the most pennies, and at the end of the week they could donate their savings to a charity of their choice or invest in purchasing new recycling bins for their school. At LT Ball Intermediate School in Tipp City, Ohio, the students who completed the Penny War donated their savings to the Honor Flight, which is a non-profit organization that helps veterans travel to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials and monuments dedicated to their service.

Overall, Get in the Scrap! had a positive impact on all of the participants. Many teachers reported back that their classes had become more environmentally aware. Some even took what they had learned and applied it outside of the classroom by asking their parents to buy recycle bins for their homes. Other teachers said that this project significantly drew their students’ interest to World War II history. Chesapeake Academy had a WWII veteran come in a speak with the students about life both the Home Front and battlefronts during the war.

Get in the Scrap! will pick up again with the new school year this coming September. You’ll find more photos and successes of our students who participated this past year using the hashtag #getinthescrap on Twitter or Instagram. Sign up for the Museum’s monthly e-newsletter “Calling all Teachers!” for the latest Get in the Scrap! news and project updates.

Post by Camille Weber, Education Intern and Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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Get in the Scrap this Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day, and it’s all about going green! During World War II, going green wasn’t just about saving the environment, but helping out on the Home Front. Recycling, called scrapping back then, and conserving materials, could mean the difference between defeat or victory over the Axis!

Here at The National WWII Museum, we think that every lesson in recycling and going green can also be a lesson in history! That’s why we started the Get in the Scrap! project for middle school classrooms. Inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during WWII, Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project for students in grades 4-8 all about recycling and energy conservation. Your students have the power to affect positive change on the environment; much like students 70 years ago played a positive role on the Home Front in securing victory in WWII. It’s the perfect addition to your Earth Day celebrations!

We currently have 110 classrooms, 3,723 students from 34 states registered. Here are some of the awesome project updates teachers have sent us:

Want your students to join the fun? Sign up today at http://getinthescrap.org/toolkit/! The project officially closes for this school year on May 31st, so you have well over a month to complete activities and earn points and prizes. Here are some great Earth Day activities to get you started:

 

  • Design and Install Switch Plates (8 points): Saving energy is as easy as flipping a switch! So why do so many of us leave the lights on when we’re not in a room? Let’s fix that problem by making eye catching light switch plates to remind us to turn the lights off when we aren’t using them.

 

  • Scrap Catchers (8 points): Whether you call them cootie catchers or fortune tellers, this paper origami activity can teach your students about recycling and energy conservation through fun and games.

 

  • Daily Recycling Facts (12 points): Take your Get in the Scrap! journey from Earth Day to the end of the school year! There’s no better way to get in the habit of getting in the scrap than learning a little about recycling and energy conservation each day. Spend 50 days in your classroom revealing a new recycling fact. We’ll provide the first 25 facts, but then it’s up to your students to research and find their own. Perfect as a bell ringer activity.

Post by Katie Atkins, Education Intern and Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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Reduce, Reuse, and Scrap!

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How many ways can you reuse a plastic water bottle? That is the latest challenge students are tackling in the Get in the Scrap! service learning project. Americans alone go through 50 billion plastic bottles a year, and only 23% of those are recycled.GITS logo final

In the Water Bottle 100 Challenge, students are tasked with thinking of 100 different ways bottles can be repurposed, and are responsible for actually designing and fabricating 10 of these ideas. We’ve received some creative and rather ingenious solutions! Kudos, Hamlin Academy students from Illinois (whose water bottle creations are below)! Adopting these ideas may mean less recyclables in landfills across the US.

Cootie catchers have been a favorite game of students for generations. All you need is a folded piece of paper and you can tell your friend’s fortune. In addition to revealing someone’s potential future, it’s the perfect game to learn about recycling and energy conservation. Students at Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina are customizing their Scrap Catchers and testing the knowledge of their peers.

These are just two of the many fun activities part of the Get in the Scrap! Service Learning Project. The project is a modern-day interpretation of the scrapping efforts across the country during WWII. Today’s students have the power to affect positive change on the environment, much like students 70 years ago played a positive role on the Home Front in securing victory in World War II. Sign up your class, complete fun activities, share your progress with the Museum, and win great prizes for your students! There’s still plenty of time left to participate! The project officially ends for this school year on May 31st.

Scheduling note: Learn more about Get in the Scrap! at the 27th annual National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis from March 30 to April 1. Stop by the Showcase, learn about the project, and grab some Scrap swag!

Post by Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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Get in the Scrap!

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This month’s Calling All Teachers e-newsletter highlights Get in the Scrap!, a national service-learning project for grades 4–8 about recycling and energy conservation.

Inspired by the scrapping effort of students during World War II, Get in the Scrap! offers all students a chance to complete fun and educational classroom activities while learning important lessons about environmental stewardship. They’ll even earn cool prizes for their hard work. With activities covering history, civics, ELA, art, and STEM, Get in the Scrap! will empower kids to make their own history.

The March Calling All Teachers e-newsletter also showcases the Museum’s 2016 Essay Contest and next week’s Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Teacher Workshop.

In conjunction with the special exhibition Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII, this year’s Essay Contest asks students in grades 5-12 to consider the availability of liberty and justice for all Americans seven decades after World War II. The deadline is March 15, so make sure your students submit their essays today!

The Echoes and Reflections workshop will take place at the Museum from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, and will feature the innovative multimedia classroom curriculum designed by the Anti-Defamation League, Shoah Foundation, and Yad VaShem. Register today!

Finally, the latest Calling All Teachers e-newsletter shine’s the spotlight on the Lend-Lease Act, which went into effect seventy-five years ago this month. Lend-Lease ramped up American involvement in World War II and the nation’s industrial output, lighting the path out of the Great Depression. You can find classroom resources to explore the United States’ transformation from an isolationist nation into the world’s greatest industrial power here.

Get more resources and ideas by signing up for our free monthly e-newsletter Calling All Teachers and following us on Twitter @wwiieducation.

Post by Dr. Walter Stern, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator at The National WWII Museum. 

 

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Get in the Scrap! Wintertime Energy Conservation

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Get in the Scrap! A service learning project for grades 4-8 about recycling and energy conservation

Get in the Scrap! A service learning project for grades 4-8 about recycling and energy conservation

With winter comes snow and ice storms (as we saw last week), longer nights and shorter days, and evenings cozied up indoors. It’s also the season of the furnace or heater working overtime, long hot showers, and cold air seeping through cracked and old windows.

With chilly temperatures keeping us inside,  it’s the perfect time for you and your students to be more aware of energy consumption and how we can all help promote efficiency and conservation. Here are some simple ways:

Sign up your classroom for Get in the Scrap!, the Museum’s service learning project for grades 4-8 about recycling and energy conservation. Your students have the power to affect positive change on the environment, much like students played a positive role on the Home Front by scrapping for victory in WWII. Here’s how it all works:

After signing up, your students complete a variety of activities in the project toolkit and the Museum will award them prizes for their efforts. There are a couple that are particularly timely for winter:

1. Your students can conduct an energy audit in their classroom and/or home. Time your morning shower, check how many old incandescent bulbs are in the space, count how many items are plugged in at one time. This will get them focused on a variety of simple ways they can start conserving energy. It’s the perfect activity when you’re stuck inside on a snow day!

Switch plates Hamlin Academy2.  Your class can design personalized switch plates to remind everyone to turn off the light when they are leaving the room. They can come up with their own effective slogan or eye-catching design to encourage people to flip the switch! Check out the neat design on the right from a Hamlin Academy student in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

These two projects alone are worth 16 points and set your students well on their way to their first prize (a cool recycle bin-shaped magnet for the fridge).

Get started with Get in the Scrap! today and make a difference in your school, home, community, and even the planet!

Post by Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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Get in the Scrap: The perfect New Year’s resolution!

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Teachers– looking for the perfect New Year’s resolution for your students?

Sign up your class to Get in the Scrap! with The National WWII Museum. Inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during World War II, Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project for students in grades 4-8 all about recycling and energy conservation. Your students have the power to affect positive change on the environment, much like students played a positive role on the Home Front in securing victory in WWII.

Find out how easy it is to participate by watching this video:

Choose from a variety of activities part of the project toolkit, that inspire good habits and environmental stewardship, and encourage teamwork, creativity and decision-making.  The activities are designed to supplement your curriculum and can be completed throughout the school year. The Museum will send you a poster to keep track of the activities you complete. Share your progress and the Museum will send your students cool prizes! Whether your students are interested in history, math, writing, or art, there is an activity for them.

Your students can also explore what life was like for students on the Home Front. Browse images of children scrapping, a nation-wide salvage plan for schools, propaganda posters, and even a scrapbook from a student who won a state-wide scrapping competition.  As a class, you can also tune in and watch, We’re All in this Together: How Students Like You Helped Win WWII, a fun and fast-paced Electronic Field Trip all about how students supported the war effort.

Join students and teachers around the nation and pledge to make a difference in your home, school, community, and even the planet! The Museum will recognize and share your efforts in a big way. Sign up your class today!

Post by Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator

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