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Earth, Wind and Fire

School: World of Inquiry-School #58

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): 3

Format(s): Trading card

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Third grade students at World of Inquiry, School #58 created this set of cards as part of an expedition on natural disasters called “Earth, Wind and Fire.”

During their exploration of natural disasters, students visited the American Red Cross to see how they respond to disaster and the Rochester Museum and Science Center to learn more about weather.

To create their card, each student researched and wrote a descriptive summary on a specific natural event. Students used a rubric to help structure their summary; each of which includes the name of the event, where it happened, the amount of damage, the intensity, death toll, injuries and cool facts. Students also created accompanying drawings using colored pencils and oil pastels. Once their summary and artwork was complete, students used the computer program Comic Life to combine their work into a professional, high-quality card.

This format taps into student interest in collecting cards and playing games. It also allows each student to have a copy of their peers’ work, which is not the case when students create individual reports for a teacher audience.

The cards can be purchased from the school. All proceeds will go to The American Red Cross. 

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Example of an engaging format: by creating a game, students learn science in a fun way.
  • The cards convey accurate information while providing a means for different types of activities.
  • A productive way for students to share what they’ve learned.

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write an informative/explanatory text.
  • With support from adults, I can produce writing that is appropriate to task and purpose.
  • I can use technology to collaborate with others on a piece of writing.
  • I can sort evidence into provided categories.
  • I can use grammar conventions to send a clear message to a reader or listener.
  • I can use conventions to send a clear message to my reader.
  • I can compare how people use language when they write versus when they talk.
  • I can accurately use 3rd grade academic vocabulary to express my ideas.
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