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Interdisciplinary projects that live beyond the classroom

Highlands Ranch History Still Lives

Highland Ranch History Still Lives: A Children’s Tour of the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Grade(s):

2

After touring the Highlands Ranch Mansion,second-grade students at Fox Creek Elementary School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado collaborated with others to create a paragraph about a room in the mansion.

Garden ABCs

Garden ABC's

Grade(s):

K

Kindergarten students at Tollgate Elementary in Aurora, Colorado participated in a year-long expedition focusing on plants, soil, worms and gardens.

Portneuf River Watersheds

Portneuf River Watersheds

Grade(s):

5, 6

Fifth and sixth-grade students from Pocatello Community Charter School in Pocatello, Idaho created a topographic representation of the environmental impact of the Portneuf River watershed to educate the public at their Environmental Fair.

The Other Side

The Other Side: The Groove

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

When faced with the statistic that every 26 seconds in America a student drops out of school, HSRA students reacted with shock and disbelief—then they took action.

A Kids' Guide to California National Parks

A Kids' Guide to California National Parks

Grade(s):

2

Second-grade students at Big Pine Elementary School in Big Pine California created this beautiful and useful guide to the vast array of National Parks found in California. The book is geared especially towards kids.

Safety Gear

Safety Gear

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

This public service music video is a compelling product of student-powered learning. Students did extensive field work in Canada that fueled their learning about bike safety and the rules of the road.

Beekeepers

Beekeeping

Grade(s):

7

These products were created by 7th-grade middle school students from Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. They harvest honey and beeswax from four beehives that they work to maintain.

Colorado Coralition

The Colorado Coralition

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10

Students at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School participated in coral restoration efforts on a reef in the Florida Keys and spread the message about their learning and experiences through presentations, music, and video.

Clean Up The Air: Get UR Green

Clean Up The Air: Get UR Green

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

This public service music video is a compelling product of student-powered learning. Students did extensive field work that fueled their learning about the environment, pollution, and advocacy for change.  

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