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If the Shoe Fits

School: Christa McAuliffe Charter School

City/State: Framingham, MA

Grade(s): 6

Format(s): Website

Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies

Project Overview: 

Sixth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, Massachusetts created a website as a final product of a learning expedition called “Me, My Stuff and Why?”

During the expedition, students learned about consumerism, globalization, basic economics, and standard of living by taking a closer look at where our stuff—specifically, our shoes—comes from. Students conducted authentic research on different shoe companies so that they could inform consumers about their policies and practices. They also devised a social responsibility rubric and researched companies in order to measure them against the rubric. The full website can be viewed here.

 

How This Project Can Be Useful: 

  • Detailed drawings of shoes show the results of multiple drafts
  • Highlights a project with authenticity (a real world purpose of informing consumers about their purchases)
  • Thoughtful project that could be replicated with many different kinds of examples
  • Excellent example of how a website can be used to show student research
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