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Driving Question

What are working conditions, and why do they matter?

Project Description

Students explored the guiding question “What are working conditions and why do they matter?”. The performance task highlighted here is an anthology of slice of life stories written from the perspective of a laborer. The goal of each story was to allow consumer’s a glimpse into a laborer’s life...

Subject

Language Arts

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

How can we help Syrian refugees?

Project Description

Students worked to address a problem facing Syrian refugees. Students had to identify a problem they were interested as well as a plan that could be practically and sustainably addressed. They also had to investigate supplies and materials to make it happen. Students learned from real refugees...

Subject

Language Arts, Social Studies

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

How can we create healthy dietary guidelines that will appeal to all stakeholders?

Project Description

Students research about dietary guidelines in different countries and compare and contrast as a class. They use what they have learned to identify their favorite guidelines that we should use in the cafeteria and school. They break into teams to research more on their specific guideline and...

Subject

Health

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

How can we help make our local family restaurants welcoming to all?

Project Description

Students worked on not only their graphics arts skills, but also their Chinese language skills to develop menus and marketing materials for local restaurants near the school. They partnered with individual restaurants and learned about the food offered and the message they wanted to send through...

Subject

Art, Chinese

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

How can we get our favorite authors to our school? How can we improve ours skills through hosting visiting authors?

Project Description

ELL/ EAL students invited authors to visit the campus and create a media campaign to encourage people to participate in books talks. Students served as resident experts of the authors by reading their books and research their lives. They collaborated with the librarian to help plan the visits...

Subject

EAL

Grade

  • Grade 7, Grade 8

Driving Question

How can chemistry cause change in the dining experience?

Project Description

Students learned principles of chemistry and physics to create a three course meal in small teams. Students learned skills in planning, implementation, giving and receiving feedback as well as content like physical and chemical changes. Students first started but cooking the same item as a...

Subject

Science

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

What influences have you identified that are connected to the dramatic changes in Shanghai's culture?

Project Description

Students worked in teams to create three-minute documentaries on cultural changes that have occurred in the city of Shanghai. Students choose an area of interest and set goals for investigation of the dramatic cultural change. Instead of...

Subject

Social Studies

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

How do I develop a playground for a school that has none?

Project Description

Students were challenged to design a playground for an actual school in Nairobi, Kenya. Students had to work around challenges that the school faced including, flooding, and that part of the school is also located on a hill. Students also had to select supplies that were easily available for...

Subject

Exploratory, Math

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

Can you bring a moment to life?

Project Description

In this unit, students learned how to use precise language and sensory detail to tell a "small moment" story. Students explored how to best draw the reader in so that the piece was experienced rather than observed. In essence, slowing the scene down for the reader. Students started by creating a...

Subject

Language Arts

Grade

  • Grade 7

Driving Question

Who are we in our classroom and where do we come from?

Project Description

Students created a digital poster using photographs of their family.  Students wrote paragraphs for various family members and pictures captions. One paragraph was written about themselves and one for each of the three family members. Family members including pets, grandparents extended family...

Subject

Spanish

Grade

  • Grade 7, Grade 8