Grade 5.1 2017-2018
It all started with homework, our homework task were all about making us Tuning in and start to think about our passions. Next we had “Our top 3 Interest” where we have to write our passions.This was all for the teachers to know what passion's we all have so that they can group you. Then we received three pieces of paper with 4 circles to get you thinking of how your passion can influence others.
Finally one day we got our partners! We are the animal group Olga, Vanice & Vanessa. Our skills are communication & self management. We also used a lot of learner profiles and attitudes. Some of them are commitment, respect and caring.
We are passionate about Animal Rights. Our goal is to persuade others to stop buying animal testing products. For our action plan, we sent a email to companies that test on animals and told them to stop. We also made a blog that includes animal testing, labor and abuse selection for our research questions. We will advertise our blog using digital media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. To convince people to stop, we will put some heart touching quotes. We also informed them about the companies that use animal testing and which don’t. We will be also signing “The Body Shop Petition” and linked it to our blog. And we got a action plan that tell us what to do and which stage we are in.
Our mentor is Ms. Leah. We got one meeting per week, we got five meetings all together. Ms. Leah helped us a lot, she helped us find some organizations that is cruelty free. We went to their website and checked if they are cruelty free or not cruelty free. We also made a set of cards given out when the audiences came to our workshop. It includes Home, Nail Polish and Beauty selection.For the children workshop we planned to make it experience in which our audiences get to feel what it’s like to be a animal in testing and a animal not in testing. At the beginning we would show them a shot presentation explaining our action plan, topic and teach them what animal testing is.
Then we would have a skit in which they are animals in a animal shelter giveaway for more backstory and to sort them into groups for. We would also give them out cards so they know what animal they are. Also have cages made of cardboard and tell the children that are the animals in testing to go inside the cages, and give treats to the animals that are pet animals. At the end of the play is the most important part we call “Circle Time”, that's when we all sit in a big circle and they reflect. We will ask them questions like “What experience did you like more?Why” and give them a short heart touching speech. at the end we will give out cards that will remind them of the companies that test and don’t test on animals.
For the adult presentation we planned to give them a short presentation explaining what animal testing is, our passion, action, questions, goals and the companies that test and don't test on animals. Then we would ask them to sit in groups at any tables to do a activity in which they had to use hints around the room (or their memory) to sort the makeup under the category “Test” & “Don’t Test”. And at the end we gave them out cards just like to the little kids.
Our workshop ran pretty smoothly but we had a hard time communicating with the children since they were screaming and making noise. Also, we had some problems with the scripts such as losing them and reading them wrongly.But at the end of the first day of the G5 Exhibition we got feedback which really helped us to improve. The second day was much easier and better because there were less times to present and we already had experience. We changed some things for the second day like giving the children fake treats (because Olga forgot to bring new ones) and making sure that we say every action to get their attention and not face our backs to the audience.
The exhibition was amazing we had amazing feedback that helped us improve. We felt Relieved that is was over, proud that we did well & happy. During the exhibition we had the ups and the downs. But in the end we were all happy with our workshop. We went to some of our peers workshops it was very interesting to see all the different passions and rooms! The rooms were very unique and different. We learned about Global, Warming, How to save marine life, Sports, Eco traveling, and A.I. All of the workshops was very special. We think that having workshops is a better way to present info than triboards. Because the audience won’t be distracted and go of, also because you get to do more with them and not just stand there in a small space, I mean you get a whole classroom. Overall the whole workshop experience was a lot of work but it is worth it.