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TITLE: OLYMPIC SHADOW BOXES AUTHOR: Penny Sexton GRADE LEVEL: Grades 9-12; Library Science/English/Art OVERVIEW: We wanted to introduce several of our reference materials that were not being utilized by students which would be very useful if they were aware of their availability. These are materials found in almost every media center. PURPOSE: The reference materials introduced will be the type students will use for a lifetime. As always we are attempting to make our students life long learners. OBJECTIVE(s): 1. Locate reference materials to answer one of four questions. 2. Interpret that information and rewrite into their own words or art work. 3. Demonstrate knowledge of the information concerning their question by developing a visual display. 4. Organize all four visual displays into one visual display (shadow box). RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Almanacs, Sports encyclopedias, standard encyclopedias, sports section of Dewey collection (796), Periodicals/Fiche, T.V. Guide, Biographical Dictionaries, etc... Supplies Boxes, construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, colored cards, white paper, cotton, paper cups, foil, etc... Typewriters, computers (with word processing and printers), copy machine. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: This is a cooperative lesson, best if organized with Library Media Specialist and either Art or English instructors. I work with our English instructors, during one of the weeks of the Winter Olympics. We have one English class per grade level per class period. So we do this activity in one week, with each grade level completing the activity each day. Friday is reserved for celebrating. 1. Before the students come to the Media Center I do some preliminary activities: a. Randomly assign a sport from the Winter Olympics to each class. b. Prepare a folder with one of four questions and any special instructions. 1b. Current medal contenders? 2b. Past winners? 3b. History of the sport? 4b. Rules of the sport? c. Prepare a table with all supplies students would need for their visual display. d. Prepare boxes for the number of classes participating. I spray paint boxes which you can find in the super market holding can soda. I paint them black. 2. We start with our Senior English class during their regular class period on Monday. 3. Divide class randomly into four groups. 4. Distribute folders with questions and give any instructions necessary. 5. Students research their question and develop their part of the overall visual display. (Remember: Only one box per class--everything must go INSIDE the box for this class period.) 6. Students must utilize ONLY supplies that are on the supply table, they may not leave the Media Center to obtain any additional supplies. 7. As each class completes their box, they must leave the Media Center clean and you must put the shadow box away so other groups can not see them. 8. Repeat with Junior English classes on Tuesday, Sophomore classes on Wednesday, and Freshmen classes on Thursday. 9. Judges, using whatever criteria you wish, rank boxes by class, and overall. 10. Winner at each grade level is announced at a pep rally and receives a "Free Day" in the Media Center. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: This is such a fun way to introduce some of these resources. Students come back repeatedly to these sources after this activity and your Library Media Specialist will probably be thrilled to assist. However, you can do this in your own classroom with as many or as few groups as you choose. And you will be surprised at the students who are most creative as well as the "leader" that emerge.