To kick off this exciting Language Arts Studio project, Ms. Bader’s 5th grade class wrote their own imaginative, fractured fairy tales. The students worked in pairs to craft these short tales, with careful attention to the objective that each story must contain a clear beginning, middle, and end. We then paired the SJS students with students at St. Joseph Academy! The students were tasked with working together to design an idea for a kindergarten interactive toy that represents their fractured fairy tale story. They developed preliminary plans and sketches during virtual meet ups. Following these meetings, the SJS students traveled to the SJA Makerspace Innovation Lab for a morning of hands-on creativity, where they made their ideas come to life. With the guidance and help of the SJA students, the SJS students used some impressive high-tech design equipment such as 3D printers, laser engravers, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, and more! This was a great mentoring experience for the SJS students and gave them exposure to the many ways that creativity can be a means of effective and meaningful communication. All the fun they had was just an added benefit!
This project will continue as the students work to further develop their interactive pieces. They will then present their fractured fairy tale creations to the kindergarten students later this year. Please continue to check back here for updates and more photos!