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Students Envision Dream Backyard, Vacation

For students up for an extra challenge in their academics, fourth and fifth grade students at Washington Street Elementary can participate in Envisions. This 10-week project begins with students planning where their backyard will be or where they will vacation. Fourth grades create their dream backyard while fifth graders plan a vacation on a $2500 budget.


For the backyard, students have to research native plants, trees, flowers and habitats of the city they choose. Then, they get to have fun by placing their favorite things in their backyard and planning it out. Many have pools, a zipline, trampoline, basketball courts and other kid favorites.


For the vacation, students must research flight and hotel prices, choose attractions they will visit, types of transportation they will take, and create a daily itinerary.


In both projects, students create a binder with about 10-20 pages of their report. They must answer several questions about their research and location. In addition, students create a trifold poster board and a 3D model. A visual of the backyard is the fourth grader’s project while fifth graders can choose what they’d like their 3D visual to be within their exhibit.


The project culminates with an Envisions Expo where parents, grandparents, staff and students tour the presentations, visit with students about their projects and get to see all their work. It’s a tough task, but students learn a lot in the process and are very proud of their accomplishments.

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