Interdisciplinary projects that live beyond the classroom

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.

Penelope

Penelope The Pain-O-Monster

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students grappled with the challenge doctors face in collecting accurate self-reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort.

Invasives

They Live Among Us

Grade(s):

4

In this invasive species case study, students researched and participated in hands-on experiences and then communicated their knowledge of invasive species that affect their area lakes, streams, and waterways.

Dogs in the Classroom

Dogs in School: Persuading the Principal

Grade(s):

1

First graders at Academy School in West Brattleboro, Vermont worked hard to persuade their principal to let them have a dog in their classroom.

Chicken Coop

Community Chicken Coops

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

Bertie County is home to a Perdue chicken plant, which means many farmers raise broiler chickens (up to 250,000 at a time!) for the company.

Illusional Suspension

Illusional Suspension

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students created a piece of art with mirrors to reflect just how many refugees go unseen worldwide.

Meals and Muppets

Meals and Muppets

Grade(s):

7

In this interdisciplinary project, 7th-grade students looked at the essential question: “Should I eat that?” Inspired by student voices criticizing our school’s lunch program, students dove deeply into a holistic investigation about the food we eat.

Juxtapose

Juxtapose2

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

In collaboration with renowned choreographer Heidi Latsky, students designed wearables for an installation for performers with a disability and which express aspects of the performer’s passion or character trait, or an experience they have had.

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