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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

Ancient Machines
High Tech High
Experienced

English Language Arts
Science

Working from a machine or invention in present-day use, each student chooses and researches one integral part that existed before 1400 C.E.  Students produce original videos documenting their findings.

Common Core Standards

Ancient Sailing and Seafarers
High Tech High
Experienced

English Language Arts
Science

Students will examine the technology and physics of sailing while building their own sail cars that can move upwind. They will consider how different societies solved problems common to water travel: stability, buoyancy, movement, and direction.

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

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

Chemistry and Conflict
High Tech High
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Science

Students created copper etchings, conducted library research, wrote lengthy history chapters, and developed their own mini-projects related to a contemporary conflict.

Common Core Standards

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

Connecting Math to Our Lives
iEARN
Beginner

Math

Students compare cost of living in different countries.

Common Core Standards

Courtyard Re-Design
Beginner

Arts
Math
Science

Students from Schenk Elementary School present their finished designs to a group of school architects, planners, & designers. The video also demonstrates teacher planning.

Common Core Standards

Crime Scene Investigation
ConnectEd
Experienced

English Language Arts
Health
Math
Science
Social Studies

Students take on the role of crime scene investigators to solve a murder that has occurred at the school.

Common Core Standards

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

Domino Effect
PBLU
Beginner

Math

In Domino Effect, students find out how much Domino’s is really charging for pizza and explore this even further in three project tasks, Chain Gang, Cover Me and Top It Like It’s Hot.

Common Core Standards

Domino Effect
Mathalicious
Beginner

Math

We’ll use linear equations to find the base price (y-intercept) and cost per additional topping (slope) to figure out how much Domino’s is really charging for pizza.

Common Core Standards

Economics Illustrated
High Tech High
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts

Students created a book on economic concepts and their applications. Each student created two pages: the first defining an economic term and providing examples of it, and the second applying the term to a current event in an original article.

Common Core Standards

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

From Here to There
Beginner

Math

Students will help a transport company prioritize their shipments based on capacity and help improve transportation efficiency and speed.

Common Core Standards

Geodesic Cave
High Tech High
Experienced

Math
Science

Students will give Meaning to Form & Function by utilizing Geodesic Domes.  They will create a small-scale model and present it to the faculty.  One team will be selected to make it to full-scale.

Common Core Standards

Giant Bird Man
Explorer Elementary
Beginner

Math
Science

Students studied a bird, an insect and a human made flying machine.  They created life size models of their birds. One whole class activity is to make a full sized paper model of what human beings would look like if they were capable of muscle powered flight.

Common Core Standards

Global Health Summit
ConnectEd
Beginner

English Language Arts
Health
Math
Science

Students look at the biology of the disease and then delve into the social and personal implications of addressing a deadly pandemic.

Common Core Standards

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

Graph-It Design
High Tech High
Experienced

Math

Student used Excel software to create their own “mathterpiece” of an image pertaining to a historical figure. Students identified data points from an image of their choice, and derived linear equations to reproduce the image.

Common Core Standards

How Green Is My Roof?
Experienced

Math
Social Studies
World Languages

Students will be designing and then building a 2 ft. by 2 ft. section of a “green roof” for a house.

Common Core Standards

It’s About Chime
High Tech High
Experienced

Math
Science

Students will explore the mathematics & physics behind sound waves and wind chimes.  The students will engineer chime machines that ride the wind to produce melodic tunes for enjoyment.

Common Core Standards

Life: The Book
High Tech High
Beginner

English Language Arts
Science

Students examined the social, economic, political and historical implications genetic engineering has had and may have on American life. They also explored how these ideas connected to broader issues relating to healthcare in American society.

Common Core Standards

Local History Project
iEARN
Beginner

Social Studies

Students do research on their communities, and through social networking tools will showcase their work to other students around the world.

Common Core Standards

Media Saves the Beach
High Tech High
Experienced

Arts
Career Technical Education
English Language Arts
Science

Students use the power of media in Humanities and the knowledge of scientific data in Biology to educate the public about the water quality at local beaches in San Diego.

Common Core Standards

Metaphor Machines
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies

This project explores, through artistic expression, the connections between changes both physical and social, through the lens of every class available.  Metaphor Machines are constructed, filmed, and presented at a semester Exhibition.

Common Core Standards

Monkey Trial Project
New Tech Network
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students conduct a “mock” trial project regarding whether or not science classes should be able to teach theories of intelligent design in classrooms. Students jigsaw past legal cases to prepare and present their cases to an audience.

Common Core Standards


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