Our Lower Elementary classroom, a combined group of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, was lucky enough to receive the Silverfish globe. We began by brainstorming:
Chicago has been under a deep freeze lately, so we ruled out planting things for now. What could we accomplish in the next week or so, given the weather? The students were very excited about stopping smoking. We settled on three things:
We went on a walk down to Lake Michigan (only 3 blocks away) and picked up cigarettes. We picked up a surprising number of cigarette butts, plus one lighter. Estimates ranged from 30, 34, 50, 53, 58, 62, 63, 89, 115, 189, and 200. Usually when we do estimation work we count to see how close we got, but in this case I made the executive decision not to re-open the Ziplock bag and make an exact count.
We also created and designed No Smoking signs to post around our school, and we are in talks with our head of Communications as well as our Facilities Manager to post them.
We also Skyped with Joel Africk, the president and CEO of the Respiratory Health Association. He told us about the Tobacco 21 bill. And he answered a few of our questions, like “Can people die from smoking?” We also wrote and edited a letter to Gov. Pritzker.
Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this project. Goodbye, Silverfish globe!