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Portals Projects - Let's Get Ready to Learn!

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Welcome to Portals Projects! Each week we share projects that foster community building, creative thinking, problem-solving and character development. Invite your student(s) to pick a project that interests them to work on for a day or a week. Encourage them to share their plans, products or performances with the Portals community so we can all celebrate and grow together.

Week 1 - Willingness and Ability to Work

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Nice Network (Slides)

What do the people in your community enjoy doing? What are their hobbies, skills and interests? Get out and network with the people around you by…

  1. Surveying the people in your community (family, neighborhood, church) about their work and interests and hobbies

  2. Thanking them for the work that they do

  3. Asking them what helps them do their work well and why they do the work they do

  4. Making a contact list of the people in your community

  5. Present your community list as creatively as you can (i.e film intro, website team page, or song/poem)

Challenge: Using only paper and paper clips, build the tallest freestanding structure possible that can hold at least 5 hardback books.

Materials: 20 sheets of paper, 20 paper clips

Time: 15 minutes (you can modify the time limit as needed for your students)


A. 10 points if your structure is holding 5 hardback books

B. 15 points if your structure is holding 8 or more hardback books

C. 10 points if your paper tower is 11 inches or shorter; 15 points if your paper tower is 12-21 inches; 20 points if your paper tower is 22 inches or more

D. Up to 20 points for how creatively your group uses the materials

E. Up to 20 points for how well your group works together

Bad Messy to Good Messy

I am not sure how to get organized for the year. Can you record a video or share pictures of your work system for me?

Solution criteria

  • Video or picture tour of how you…

  • Set-up and store you materials

  • Set-up and decorate your space

  • Organize your day and week

  • Store, display and record your projects

A Mission

Imagine you are an explorer and your people (tribe, kingdom, country, planet, etc) have sent you to discover a new land. Make a speech in which you explain the purpose of your quest, how you will go about seeking this new land and what you hope to accomplish. Your mission can be as realistic or fantastical as you want.

Submit your project

If you are willing to share your projects with the Portals community you can do so by attaching them to an email. I’m excited to share our adventures this year!

More great ideas?

If you an idea for your own project around the topic of work, go for it! Just make sure you remember to tell us about it!

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