Interdisciplinary projects that live beyond the classroom

Just A Dream

Just a Dream - Stories to create awareness of the impacts of climate change on the Kiribati Islands

Grade(s):

4

Students worked with a Denver-based non-profit organization, Kiribati Keepers to determine the best way to help the nation of Kiribati. They decided that raising awareness of the problems the nation was facing would be an extremely important step in order to recruit others to help them.

Whale of a Project

Whale of a Project

Grade(s):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Elementary students (1st-6th) in a Significant Support Needs (SSN) special education class engaged in an expedition centered around the Sanctuary Ocean Count Project in Hawaii to learn about whales, culminating in a multi-disciplinary project with the SSN teacher, Speech Language Pathologist (SLP

Scaling the Solar System

Scaling the Solar System into Downtown Asheville

Grade(s):

6

It is hard to grasp just how expansive our Solar System really is. As a way to make this abstract concept more realistic, sixth-grade students at Evergreen Community Charter School scaled the planets into downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Food For Thought

Food For Thought Cards

Grade(s):

2

Second-grade students at Grandview Elementary in Charleston, West Virginia used a meal journal to track the foods that they ate and determined that they did not eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Birds of the Palouse

Birds of the Palouse

Grade(s):

1, 2

First and second-grade students created these watercolor collages of birds after a hands-on exploration of the way different birds adapt to survive in their unique environments.

River Book

River Book

Grade(s):

8

Eighth-grade students at Open World Learning Community (OWL) in Saint Paul, Minnesota created this publication as part of a yearlong expedition focusing on the Mississippi River.

Redrawing the World

Redrawing the World

Grade(s):

7

This project was part of an interdisciplinary expedition entitled Global Citizenship. As part of this study in math, students were asked to create a scale drawing using a statistic other than land mass or population in order to visualize how countries in the world supported the statistic.

I Believe in You

I Believe in You

Grade(s):

12

In an “Introduction to Rhetoric” unit, Seniors at WHEELS studied various commencement and convocation speeches and wrote rhetorical analysis essays around the essential question, “How can words compel action?”  Then, using a newly acquired rhetorical toolkit, students crafted motivational speeches for incoming ninth grade students at WHEELS.

Fish Tales

Fish Tales

Grade(s):

1, 2

“Fish Tales” was part of a yearlong integrated learning expedition in a first and second-grade classroom which focused on investigating their 150-gallon fish tank. The tank has a school of African Cichlids and a large Amazon Plecostomus living in it.

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