Independent Study Projects related to Communication Skills and Media Challenges
The link will take you to a Google Doc.
With the adventures in challenge menu, you can create a simple scrapbook, blog, or video diary for the school year with a photo and some artifacts from each challenge. You might want to record a before and after statement for each family member about the experience, to see the different perspectives.
Adventures in Challenge Project Menu
Culture & Cuisine
Go out for dinner and try food from a new culture
Extra Challenge: Write a restaurant review
Live On Stage
See a live theatrical production
Extra Challenge: Audition for a show or take dance/theatre classes
Have friends and family read a book and meet to discuss it.
Extra Challenge: Make snacks that connect to the book.
Build a Model
Build a vehicle, tower, or other structure, and paint if desired.
Build using only recycled materials
Make It or Bake It
Prepare a new recipe for your friends & family.
Extra Challenge: Plan a menu of healthy dinners for one week, or one month.
Compare 3 brands in a taste test, and graph your results.
Spend 1 week without electronic entertainment, and plan what you’ll do instead.
Try a new sport or exercise at least 20 minutes a day for two weeks.
Organize a scavenger hunt for your friends, family, or neighbors
Art for Kids’ Sake
Write a picture book, chapter book, comic book, or play for kids.
Try something you’ve always wanted to do but never have, like running a race, singing on stage, or going somewhere new.
Field Trip 1
Go to a museum, zoo, concert, dinner theatre, sporting event, observatory, or garden you’ve never visited before.
Field Trip 2
Go to a farmer’s market, auction, amusement park, art gallery, fair, fashion show, recyclying center, or fire station you’ve never seen
Make a mosaic, tie dye shirt, greeting cards, soap, origami animals, doll house, bird house, or fairy cottage.
Donate to Locks of Love, leave mystery positive notes, donate toys and clothes, or give time and money to a good cause.
Investigate and chart your past.
Record the books or movies you’ve seen from August of this year through next April.
Perform a play, dance recital, poetry reading, rock concert, or exhibition game.
Make the food yourself and go to an outdoor spot you’ve never visited before.
Go hiking, biking, horseback riding, walking, or swimming for a week and chart how far you go.
Take at least 25 themed pictures in one day: your backyard, town, family, nature, things that are blue, or you and a friend as different characters
Have or attend a party with dogs, costumes, karaoke, digital camera challenges, or a birthday party for someone whose birthday it isn’t.
50 New Words
Learn how to count to ten in five languages besides English (if you can already do it in other languages, you have to learn new ones.)
Learn a new song on an instrument, new yo-yo or magic tricks, how to juggle, or how to shoot from the free throw line.
Organize a contest to build with Legos, raise money for charity, create a recipe, name an ice cream flavor, shoot free throws, or singing races.
G.I.F.T. Wright, 2008