The 25th anniversary of the movie classic “Field of Dreams,” celebrated this year with the MLB game in the Iowa cornfields, gives testimony to the movie’s legendary line, “If you build it, they will come.” It also echoes the message and hope of this year’s rebuilding theme for Inclusive Schools Week. If we share ownership for student success and together build an inclusive environment that welcomes all students, our children will come, and they will succeed! The Inclusive Schools Network is excited to feature the growth and progress of one of our Celebration Partners, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® (SOUCS), in this month’s post.
- Share favorite building activities past and present. Examples: blocks, clay, Legos, models. Why is it a favorite? What’s needed for success?
- How important is teamwork in building and rebuilding? What is needed to build a successful team?
- What makes a structure appealing? Share a favorite place/building/monument/park? What gives it lasting appeal?
- Students divide into teams and work together to build one of the following:
- largest skyscraper with Legos
- tallest bridge with toothpicks and clay
- biggest castle with blocks
- Share plans, resources and teamwork needed, and lessons learned.
- Students participate in a book study of W. P. Kinsella’s, Shoeless Joe, the inspiration for the famous line, “If you build it, they will come.”