School Supplies for Puerto Rico/ Materiales Escolares para Puerto Rico by j pedersen

created on Jun 20, 2018 modified on Jan 30, 2019 06:57


Schools in Puerto Rico are desperate for school supplies following Hurricane Maria and are getting very little official support. The purpose of this project is to create a bilingual (Spanish/English) school material drive for the schools in Puerto Rico which were devastated by Hurricane Maria. Community Partners: hispanic local businesses in Thornton, CO. The audience will be our school population, the families and friends of our students/staff, our school network, and the community of Thornton, Colorado. The public product will be posters, letters and emails requesting donations, donation boxes, student created bilingual books showing the process of the materials drive and the caring of the people in our community for their schools, and finally letters of encouragement for the staff and students of the schools in Puerto Rico. Why do learners care?: Over 95% of our students come from Spanish speaking families (some from Puerto Rico) and have suffered losses due to natural disasters, directly or indirectly. Therefore, they empathize with and want to help the people of Puerto Rico.

National Foreign Language Resource Center
Jan. 30, 2019

Language: Spanish

Subject Area(s): geography, nature, language and literature, the environment, values

Instructional Context

Target Audience Description:
14-21 year old Spanish I high school students

Language Proficiency

ACTFL Scale:

World Readiness Standards

Making Connections


School and Global

Cultural comparisons


Acquiring Information and Diverse Perspectives

21st Century Skills

Interdisciplinary Themes
Global Awareness

Life and Career Skills
Flexibility and adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Social and Cross Cultural Skills
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and responsibility

Information, Media, and Technology Skills
Creativity and Innovation
Media Literacy

Project Sequence Overview

Preparing for the Project

1. K-W-L Modified - Students will brainstorm what they know about Hurricane Maria more detail

2. Huracán María destruye hogares, deja sin energía y desata inundaciones en Puerto Rico - Reading a culturally authentic text about Hurricane Maria. more detail

3. Our Acrostic Poems about Hurricane Maria - A sentence that summarizes this task.Students create and submit poems about Hurricane Maria. more detail

Launching the Project

1. School Supply Drive for Puerto Rican Schools - Students will plan, prepare, and implement a school materials drive to support the Puerto Rican schools devastated by Hurricane Maria. more detail

Managing the Project

1. Implementing the School Supply Drive - Students will be introduced to the needs of schools in Puerto Rico, prepare materials drive requests, and implement the school materials drive. more detail


1. Student Reflection - Students write a reflection of their experience. more detail