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They Live Among Us

School: Arbor-Vitae Woodruff

City/State: Woodruff, WI

Grade(s): 4

Format(s): Poster: Informational

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

Project Overview

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.

The final project involved the students making informative posters outlining the dangers of these exotics, and most importantly, what can be done to halt the spread of these invaders. The posters will be used as placemats at area restaurants to educate visitors of this popular tourist destination about what they can do to protect this incomparable natural resource.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights a unique way of creating a public service announcement through a collaboration with local restaurants
  • Excellent example of a multi-disciplinary project that has a service component
  • Inspiring model that could be adapted to any grade level

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts that convey ideas and information clearly.
  • With support from peers and adults, I can use the writing process to produce clear and coherent writing.
  • I can conduct a research project to become knowledgeable about a topic.
  • I can provide a list of sources I used to gather information.
  • I can identify evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
  • I can speak clearly and at an understandable pace.
  • I can add audio or visual support to a presentation in order to enhance main ideas or themes.
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