Here’s a letter written from a teacher in the Bay Area to Jenni Perez, singer in the Plastic State of Mind video. The piece was intended to open minds, especially young ones, as they can learn new tricks a lot more easily:
I just wanted to touch base with you and update you on our upcoming series of lessons on waste issues and science. A week or so ago, I was able to burn the video onto a DVD. Just today we were able to use our brand new projector and screen and project the video onto the classroom screen. We only need to find the right cord now to get good audio and we’re ready to go!
We are going to start off the whole unit of lessons with the kids’ viewing of your video. Then later, on the 3rd, “campaign” oriented lesson of the series, our students will get to see it again, and we’ll be reading over and discussing the lyrics as a language arts element. Our unit will run three weeks, over the first three weeks of February.
If you are still interested and available for a visit to Dover Elementary, let me pitch this idea to you:
I would like to challenge our classes with the proposition that the classroom that achieves the highest number of students adopting the stainless steel water bottles, and not losing them, and actually using them, will get a visit from you. You are the prize! We have nine 4th, 5th and 6th grade classrooms. All of them will be organizing, monitoring and tracking their own continued use of the steel bottles. We have 3 classes each day, only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Depending on how long you can visit with us, it might even be possible for one class from each grade to “win” a visit with the famous Jenni Perez! I think you will love the kids at this school.
So let me know what you think. Looking forward to working with you.
photo: My nephew Sam, who likes learning.
- Ben Zolno