Fifth grade students explore past and future impacts on America working in collaboration with K-8 students at our school, Other schools connected through the Bay Area Air Quality management district curriculum collaborative, and a variety of school and community partners to answer the questions:
- Who or what has impacted the development of the United States?
- How do I use technology to learn about and effectively communicate information?
- How do human activities impact our environment?
- How can I use technology to influence others to take actions to positively impact our environment?
Students often find research reports, American History, and persuasive writing… well… boring. However, when we couple these subjects with web and video design, science experiments, and community connections, student motivation and achievement increases. This project supports traditional academic standards with 21st century skills: collaboration, communication, and technological fluency
- Nonfiction texts utilize a variety of structures and conventions to better communicate understanding
- Websites allow broad audiences to learn about and communicate information on a variety of topics
- Many people and events have contributed to the development of the united states
- Human activities impact our environment and will impact our futures in America
- Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling lessen our impact on our environment
- Persuasive media can positively impact the environment and our future
- Even 5th graders can positively impact America
- research a significant contributor who has impacted the development of the United States (reading/research)
- write and expository report about a significant contributor to America (expository writing)
- collaborate with their peers to design a website focused on an area of impact on America: (Heroes, wars, phenomena, etc.) (technology)
- explore the greenhouse effect and human impacts through experiments and data collections about waste, energy, and transportation (in collaboration with the Bay Area Air Quality Management district curriculum collaborative) (science)
- design persuasive public service announcements – both electronic advertisements and commercials – to encourage positive environmental action (persuasive writing/technology)
- collaborate, via blogs and websites, with a bay area high school to compare and contrast their findings and environmental action campaigns (collaboration/communication/technology)
- present their findings in a public environmental action workshops in collaboration with k-8th grade at our school and at a separate community center earth day celebration (collaboration/public speaking and public service)