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Middle School Students Step Out Of The Classroom For A Week Of Lessons

Chandler Woods Charter Academy middle school students spent a week outside their normal classroom schedule for a chance to go beyond the books during the third-annual Michigan theme week. The week consists different activities that teach students about a variety of skills such as cake decorating, furniture building, fishing, photography, and much more. The activities will take place around the community and at the school. 
Furniture City: Students built an Adirondack chair.
Pioneer Experience: Students spent a week living like a pioneer, no electronics, traditional chores, and more.
Photography: Learn the basics of digital photography. Practice by photographing different aspects of Michigan.

Hands-On Helpers: Service project each day including In the Image, Clark retirement home, and younger students in the classroom. 

Michigan’s Natural Wonders: Experience Michigan parks including White Pine Trail, P.J. Hoffmaster, Millennium Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Students will also help clean up the parks.

​All Around the World: Eating, creating, and learning cultures around the world.

Cake Decorating: Baking, making decorators icing, filling a cake, and using fondant. Students also visited a local bakery. 

Michigan Food from Michigan Farms: Learn about local and sustainable agriculture. Learn to bake with Michigan ingredients.
Survivor: A week of challenging yourself outdoors.
Sherlock Holmes: Learn about forensics and crime scene investigations.

Fishing Michigan: Learn how to identify freshwater fish, techniques to catch fish, and different types of fish in Michigan waters. Trip to the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery.
Discover Michigan: Look inside Michigan cities. Daily scavenger hunt through some cities that may not be your normal stomping grounds.
Science to Career: Visit real scientist and learn how they use science every day. Included a trip to WZZM13, Meijer, and Bissell.  
About Chandler Woods Charter Academy
Chandler Woods Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Belmont, Michigan, serving students in Young 5s through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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