One of my favorite projects to do with the kids is the Animal Spirit project.
Kids research the animal of their choice and we talk about flora, fauna, and habitat. It is a great way to make connections to other academic subjects! Taking the project a step further I approached my HS credit 8th grade class with the idea of creating a coloring book for the community. We talked about making it a digital download to minimize our cost and maximize our sharing power.
As kids finished drawing their animal spirits and got themselves ready to move on to the next step (watercolor pencils) I took pictures of their work. These pictures have allowed my students to give back to the community. We have sent the link to children's hospitals, assisted living facilities, and local schools.
The feedback has been wonderful. I am so excited that other teachers plan to use the coloring book in their classrooms and plan to create coloring books with their own students!