This project began when a student inquired if they could have a class pet. This inquiry evolved into a cross-curricular adventure involving application writing to Town of Canmore counsel, learning about the fundamentals of democracy, researching real life implications of raising chickens in a unique mountain environment, countless hours of mathematics, using measurement, scale, the four functions, geometry, angles and numerous other mathematical connections.
Beginning October 18th, 2016 students in the Grades 5/6 class began construction on entrance and chicken coop buildings within the High School Atrium. The students framed and insulated walls; painted and mounted exterior walls; built roof structures; painted windows and trim; and we belayed walls 23 feet into the atrium! The chicken run got framed and wired, and the interior of the 2 buildings were created. Lots of new and exciting learnings occurred!