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A fellow teacher and I participated in this with third grade classes. The program is called SSIP(Space Science Student Involvement Program). It is intended for students 3-5, plus there are others. I am including the NSTA web address, and you can also look at the NASA homepage for information.
Link address: http://www.nsta.org/programs/ssip.shtml
Check with your state's math organization, they may sponsor some similar "contests". I always check to see if children get a certificate first. The KATM (Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics) sponsors two related to Art: Math 'n Art and Tesselations, so you probably can get hooked into a similar activity in your state.
Hope this helps,
On Sat, 29 Aug 1998 20:40:41 Litesal wrote:
>I asked this question earlier, as part of another letter. I didn't really
>get any responses to this particular part, so I'm going to try again. I
>hope you don't mind!
>Each year, during the "Moving On" (to middle school) ceremony for our fifth
>graders, we give certificates for all sorts of achievements, academic, band,
>physical education, etc. It has been suggested that I give awards for art
>achievement. I'm not sure how I feel about this, or what criteria I would
>use. I don't like to set up a competitive environment in the art room...and
>I can think of some (perfectionist) students who would turn off if they did
>not meet the criteria and would not get the award.
>I'd like your opinions about whether you think these awards are a good idea
>(or not), and if yes, what criteria would you use?
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