On Wednesday of this week, 3rd graders sponsored a bridge walk in l'espace créatif (Creative Space). This connected to their “Who We Are” unit and field trip earlier this year across several bridges in downtown Portland, since bridges are very much a part of the city's identity. This project also acted as a “bridge” to their current unit on “Where We Are in Place and Time,” with connections to people trying to improve their way of life over time…as well as a personal lesson to stay committed to their building projects, even when encountering setbacks and challenges.
Each student designed and built a 30 cm (12 inch) long bridge out of craft sticks, string, toothpicks, and hot glue. With Halloween occurring during the bridge building, some of the bridges had more than a few spider webs. When the bridges were finished, each student wrote an elevator speech about their creation. Then, we invited parents to breakfast and a bridge walk. Want to see the bridges? Stop by the library, where they’ll be displayed until winter break.