Students colored their ideas of a river and life in/around it. They designed it on envelopes and wrote stories in Spanish and/or English about what they learned. The 450 envelopes were streaming through the class upon completion and the students learned in art that the process was called an "installation." Suggestion:the website can post literature for parents to become involved so that the art and writing can be a home assignment.
The river of words nonprofit has inspired my 5th grade students to submit poetry and art for the River of Words yearly competition. Our local ESD 113 in Olympia, Washington has a local celebration and sends it's top placing poems to the National contest. It such a joy to see students share their feelings through poetry as they work hard to edit and revise for a perfect poem.
Mother Nature is our first and best teacher. She is not concerned with test scores or the latest fad in education. She is honest and authentic. River of Words, through their poetry and art initiatives, provides the platform for educators the world over to provide authentic education to their students. The arts are the most human endeavor we can engage in and education should be about developing humans not test takers. Helping our students discover that poetry hides everywhere from the whisper of the wind to the crevices etched by time and to be incite awe in Mother Natures's beauty is what River of Words is all about.