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Portals Projects - Respect Everyone!

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 17 - Respect

1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Build Common Ground

It can be hard to speak to people who are different from us or disagree with us. Play Dialogo with some new friends and practice respectful conversation. 

Respect for Heritage 

Learn more about your cultural heritage or the heritage of your community's founders and have a heritage celebration by making familial dishes, wearing traditional clothing and playing cultural games.

Bridge the Gap (Destination Imagination)

Setup: On the floor, use masking tape to create two 6in x 6in squares (Square 1 and Square 2) that are 8 inches apart.

Challenge: Build a freestanding bridge as tall as possible from Square 1 to Square 2 that can hold as many coins as possible. Freestanding means that your structure cannot be attached to anything. Your bridge must not touch the area between the two squares.

Materials: 2 pieces of paper, 2 cardboard tubes, 6 straws, 2 chenille stems, 6 paper clips, 4 mailing labels (or 6 inches of tape), coins

Time: 8 minutes


A. 10 points if your freestanding structure does not touch the space between Square 1 and Square 2

B. 20 points if the bases of your structure are completely in the 6-inch squares

C. 5 points for every inch of height of your structure

*height is measured vertically from the center of the space between Square 1 and Square 2

D. 10 points if your structure successfully holds 10 or more coins

E. 20 points for the creativity of your structure

F. 20 points for how well your group worked together

How are you really?

Whenever I ask my friends and family how they are doing, they just say “Good.” Can you invent a community greeting that would encourage people to share what’s going on in their life including both the good and the bad?

Examples: “Highs - Lows - Buffalos" and “Roses and Thorns” 

Societal Structure

Imagine you are an explorer and you have discovered a new land. You have spent some time with the people of this new land and have begun to notice how their society is organized. Make a diagram that shows the authority structure of these people.  It can be as realistic or fantastical as you want.

Submit  your project

Email your pictures, videos, links to Portals Hub Support. Please call or email hub support if you need help submitting.

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