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"The Burden of Feeble-Mindedness": The History of Eugenics and Sterilization in Massachusetts

Grade(s):

11

Reid Grinspoon, while an 11th grade student at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts, authored this research paper on the history of eugenics in his home state. The report tackles a fascinating but scary topic in a clear and understated voice.

the militia fired the canon and 4 rebels lay dead

A Historical Walk Through Massachusetts: Shays Rebellion

Grade(s):

3

Third grade students from the Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts created this book as part of a learning expedition on colonial history.

some trilobites could roll up into a ball

Get A Clue: Trilobites

Grade(s):

1

First grade students at the Genesee Valley Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created a children’s book as part of a learning expedition on fossils and local geological history.

we used spoons, forceps, shallow pans, and buckets

Testing the Waters

Grade(s):

5

Fifth grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created this scientific report as part of a three-month learning expedition on water quality and the risks of pollution.

they slide on the ice on their tummies

Bird Cards: Penguin

Grade(s):

K

Kindergarten students at the Anser Public Charter School in Boise, Idaho created a set of note cards as part of a yearlong learning expedition on birds. Students worked with a research buddy – an older student from his or her school, supporting research and writing skills.

darkling beetles are nocturnal

Field Guide to Insects in Western Massachusetts

Grade(s):

2

Second grade students at the Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts created a field guide as part of a two-month learning expedition on insects local to their area.

she grew up in a family of strong well-educated women

Meet Local Scientists: Radhika Geonka

Grade(s):

5, 6

Fifth and sixth grade students from Shutesbury Elementary School in Shutesbury, Massachusetts created these profiles as a part of a learning expedition on local scientists.

rest was just a waste of time when you could be out enjoying yourself

The Wolf That Would Forgive: The Stubborn Young Bear

Grade(s):

8

Eight grade students at the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, Massachusetts created a book of fables for an audience of intermediate elementary readers. Each student created an original fable with an animal protagonist.

suddenly they saw what looked like a naked doll

Leaving Traces

Grade(s):

4

Fourth grade students from the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York, created a scientific magazine as part of a learning expedition on Early Man. They modeled the magazine after the National Geographical student magazine, Ranger Rick, and other similar magazines.

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