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Interdisciplinary projects that live beyond the classroom

Bird is the Word

Bird is the Word

Grade(s):

7

In the spring of 2017 the students on the 7 Green Team at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, MA partnered with the Mass Audubon Society at Broad Meadow Brook to create field guide materials for their annual fundraising event called the “Bird-a-Thon".

The 6th Mass Extinction

Raising Awareness - The 6th Mass Extinction

Grade(s):

5

The 5th-grade crew at  Palouse Prairie Charter School explored the 6th Mass Extinction—the possibility that we are on the verge of having 75% or more of the species on our planet go extinct within a relatively short period of time.

The Governmental Times

The Governmental Times: An Op-Ed Blog

Grade(s):

12

This project is the culmination of a one-semester AP US Government and Politics class, consisting of seventeen seniors at MELS. Earlier in the year government students investigated fake news in order to develop critical reading skills to assess credibility and reliability of sources.

Westward Ho

Westward Ho Calendar

Grade(s):

4

Fourth-grade students at Entheos Academy in Kearns, Utah studied Utah history. Their case study focused on pioneers coming to Utah.

Defining Diversity

Defining Diversity

Grade(s):

10, 11, 12

Twenty-four students from the first integrated high school in the United States—Lowell High School in Massachusetts—set out to understand the meaning of diversity and equity in America today as part of a upper-class seminar on Diversity in America.

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.

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