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A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams

A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams

| 19 min

This short documentary shows initiatives kids take to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards. Some grow trees for shade, and vegetables for a food bank. Others build a greenhouse or a rooftop garden, while others yet construct a courtyard pond as an outdoor classroom and refuge for wildlife.

A Crack in the Pavement is a two-part video set that shows children, teachers and parents how they can work together to 'green' their school grounds and make positive changes in their communities.

  • director
    Jane Churchill
    Gwynne Basen
  • cinematographer
    Jim Aquila
  • location sound
    Ross Redfern
  • picture editor
    Ewa Turska
  • sound editor
    Tony Reed
  • graphics
    Sophia Southam
  • animation
    Sophia Southam
  • original music
    Chris Crilly
  • music recording
    Eric Lemoyne
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • online editor
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • production assistant
    Douglas Barron
    Shereen Jerrett
    Michael Kuehn
    Marilyn Pomer
    Satya M. Ramen
    Razel Robins
  • research
    Jane Churchill
  • post-production co-ordinator
    Éric Barbeau
    Richard Lesage
  • program administrator
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima


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Ages 8 to 14

Study Guide - Guide 1

Geography - Environmental Issues
Science - Environmental Science
Science - Life Systems/Ecology
Social Studies - Environmental Challenges

Pre-viewing: Ask students to brainstorm about what changes they would like to see in their schoolyard. How can we make these changes? How would we pay for the supplies required? Post-viewing: Discuss the mural painted on the walls around the school. What is a naturalization project, and what are its benefits? Discuss the idea of one million kids growing one million trees. What life skills are students learning? How would students define “the perfect school?”

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