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1853: 24 Hours in the Fight for Freedom
Expeditionary Learning
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

This book was created by 4th grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York as part of a Learning expedition on slavery and women’s rights.

Common Core Standards

A Government for Xlandia
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, as a United Nations Task Force, are asked to provide the new leaders of a nation that has just overthrown a dictator with good advice on how to create a constitutional democracy.

Am I My Brother or Sister’s Keeper?
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students will write an essay answering, “How can the examination of the past inform us about our present lives and what our responsibility is toward one another?”  To do this they will identify the themes (examples include: Dehumanization, Resistance, Choice, Faith, Hope, Social Responsibility, Identity, Relationships, etc…) that they feel are most worth exploring in greater depth and examines them in detail.

Common Core Standards

Amazing Race (US Regions)
PBWorks
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

How do other regions in the United States influence my life?  Students will create a show segment for The Amazing Race for another class.

Common Core Standards

And Justice for All
Expeditionary Learning
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

The learning expedition centered around the question of whether the Declaration of Independence, which set forth a vision of what this country was to be – a society of equals equipped with unalienable rights, holding the power to direct government – is living up to its founding ideals. By exploring the gaps between this ideal and reality, students were able to make connections between history and present life in America and in their community.

Autumn Helena Washington Hawn
Expeditionary Learning
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

This character file was created as part of a learning expedition on Deaf Culture and the science of sound.

Common Core Standards

Banned in America!!!
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students were asked to assess the role of censorship in American society through a study of banned books in America. Students engaged in reading a banned book, writing a persuasive essay, and participated in a mock trial around issues of censorship.

Common Core Standards

California Propositions
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Follow the entire project cycle as students at the Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School create their own ad campaigns based on California Propositions.

Common Core Standards

Can We Overcome Racism?
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students generated their own questions about the history of South Africa. These questions guided the activities and smaller projects leading up to the culminating exhibition, where students researched and presented their answer to their question in a powerpoint presentation.

Common Core Standards

Career Exploration
ConnectEd
Beginner

English Language Arts
Health
Math
Social Studies

Students investigate the varied career opportunities available within the health and biomedical sciences, conduct research on possible career paths, and explore the skills needed for each one.

Common Core Standards

Catch the Fever
ConnectEd
Experienced

English Language Arts
Health
Math
Science
Social Studies
World Languages

Students investigate the role of microorganisms in causing disease. They also study the impact of a public health infrastructure, along with medical and pharmaceutical advances, on the evolution of microorganisms.

Common Core Standards

Choose Your Own Adventure
PBLU
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Elementary students create interactive stories involving family histories with choices that reflect historical probability.

Common Core Standards

Climate Change
Envision Schools
Beginner

Science
Social Studies

Students study energy transfer and biomes in science, and look at the history of industrialization in specific developed and developing countries.  This project is an exploration of climate and weather, the factors that lead to climate change, how industrialization has affected climate, and how countries are responding to climate concerns and industrial development.

Community Connections
Virtual Schoolhouse
Beginner

Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

At-risk eighth grade students immerse in project-based summer experiences which blend counseling services, and rigorous and relevant courses to help students create projects such as poetry put to music, a play performed in French, and a photography exhibit.

Comparatively Speaking
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

Upper Division students prepared for a talkshow exhibition about the experience of slavery and civil war through various viewpoints. Students were required to compare an aspect of slavery/civil war in America and in a Spanish-speaking country.

Common Core Standards

Cultural Recipe Book
iEARN
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students interview family members and create a recipe book representing their cultures.

Common Core Standards

Debunk Stereotypes
iEARN
Beginner

Social Studies

Students become aware of stereotypes, and give them strategies to avoid using stereotypes.

Do No Harm
ConnectEd
Experienced

English Language Arts
Health
Math
Science
Social Studies

Students learn about the roles government plays in setting policy and supporting and regulating various aspects of the healthcare industry, and about the impact these activities have on the lives of ordinary citizens.

Common Core Standards

Does History Repeat Itself?
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Through writing and recording an audio commentary,students will answer the question: Does History Repeat Itself? Teams will examine the roles of upstanders and bystanders during the Holocaust and relate them to another historical or present day event. In addition, students will create a unique visual art piece related to your commentary.

Common Core Standards

Dream Vacation
NextLesson
Beginner

English Language Arts
Math
Social Studies

Using a budget of $15,000, students will create their dream vacation. This activity will require them to do internet research, allocate resources, calculate the cost of the trip, convert costs and learn the geography of a new area.

Common Core Standards

E is for Egypt
High Tech High
Beginner

Arts
Social Studies

Students will write and illustrate a children’s book about ancient Egypt. After several weeks of “Egypt Exploration Days,” in which they will learn about the features of ancient Egyptian civilization, they will choose one topic on which to become an expert. Then, each student will create a page for our book on their topic.

Eco-Mania
Virtual Schoolhouse
Experienced

Arts
Career Technical Education
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies

Students studied a regional community issue and then created a play and audiograph for public performance about environmental conservation to a national audience.  The eco-mania audiograph pioneered a new format that uses the interview as musical text and story.

Common Core Standards

Elementary Projects from Worms to Wall Street
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies

Newsome Park Elementary students work on a variety of research projects based on their interests.

Explorer Elementary Projects
Explorer Elementary
Beginner

English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies

Students of various grades from Explorer Elementary share their work.

Fighting Chance
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students decide, in the role of first-year associates at a law firm, whether to take a case heading for the Supreme Court. Claiming unfair discrimination, a qualified woman wants to join the U.S. Army Special Forces but cannot because the Army bans women from such roles. Students analyze the strength of her case based on the equal protection and due process clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments,  precedent cases, and the security needs of the nation.

Finding Solutions to Hunger
iEARN
Beginner

Science
Social Studies

Students gather information about food in their own lives, conduct research and engage in activities to understand how food and resources are distributed globally and then create a service-learning project to educate their school/ community.

Common Core Standards

First Come the Eggs
Expeditionary Learning
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies

Students learned about fish and fisheries through experts and field research, and through raising salmon fry in the classroom. They created this book for young children to celebrate the life of Seth Green, local scientist who pioneered fish hatcheries in America.

Common Core Standards

Get A Grip
Virtual Schoolhouse
Expert

Arts
Career Technical Education
Social Studies

Students produced videos to help young people make wise purchasing choices by consciously selecting “green” products that leave a lighter footprint on the environment. The video puts the concepts of eco-efficiency and excess in tangible terms.  These services were provided to community-based and school clients.

Good Eats
ConnectEd
Experienced

English Language Arts
Health
Math
Science
Social Studies
World Languages

Students reflect on their own diet and health status, and connect the impact of nutrition and food production to the welfare of the global community.

Common Core Standards

Holiday Card Exchange
iEARN
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students learn about events and holidays in other countries while sharing Holiday Cards.

Common Core Standards


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