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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 Gardener’s Dilemma
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Math

Communities set aside plots of land for local citizens to establish small gardens.  Students will design a plan for a family garden plot.

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.

A Great Place to Visit!
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students have the opportunity to participate in a local community revitalization effort by developing a walking tour throughout town.  Teams of students identify community landmarks that should be included on the walking tour, research history surrounding those landmarks using primary and secondary resources, and communicate their findings by writing and recording a narrative that will guide the tour.

Common Core Standards

A Green Light for CFLs?
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Experienced

Science

In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house debate the pros and cons of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) over incandescent lamps. The students raise issues of the cost difference between the lamps (both in the short and long term), energy use and greenhouse gas production in the manufacture and use of the lamps, and the mercury content in CFLs and the risks that poses to people and the environment. Students are asked to identify the information needed to evaluate the choice between the two lamp types, and then use a published life-cycle analysis to find and evaluate that information. To conclude, they make a decision and argue for it using quantitative evidence and reasoning. The case was developed for an intermediate-level course designed to help environmental studies students understand the role of scientific information and scientific thinking in resolving complex environmental problems.

A Hero In My Eyes
High Tech High
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts

Students created a textual and visual representation of a hero in their life.  Students utilized literary devices, sensory details, and the narrative form to create a written character sketch of their hero in a heroic moment and then represented that moment through photography.

Common Core Standards

A Home for Everyone
BIE National Faculty
Beginner

Science

This unit opens with a field trip to the local zoo.  In this Project-based Learning experience, students explore their local environment and describe conditions within a habitat that are beneficial for living things and those that are not good for living things.  Individually, students will formulate and write a Habitat Report in which they introduce their chosen zoo animal, their opinion for the best habitat, and supply reasons that support the opinion, and provide a concluding statement or section.  As teams, students will create and present their Habitat Plan “Sales Pitch” to zookeepers and local zoology students/professors as a team.  Students will collaborate with local recycling agents, local zookeepers, and local zoology students to perform research to help support their opinions.

Common Core Standards

A Most Amazing Race: Folktales from Around the World
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students explore the transmission of folktales over time and continent to evaluate their validity as a literary genre. By reading and analyzing a variety of folktales, students will realize the cultural implications of the genre. Students will create and perform their own original folktale in the form of a script that combines and modernizes tales that they read.

Common Core Standards

A Typical Cold?
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Experienced

Science

In this problem-based learning case, a couple who has adopted a three-year-old toddler is concerned about the child’s health, in particular the fact that the boy wheezes when he breathes. Students work in groups to analyze a variety of information and formulate a diagnosis. The case was developed for a two-semester anatomy and physiology class for undergraduates to teach them about cell physiology and tissue anatomy.

A.D. 1095 and All That
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Social Studies

As time travelers,  student will plan how to keep Europe out of religious wars.  They must also report back to a panel of social studies teachers and/or administrators as to their findings and suggestions.

Aboriginal Art
High Tech High
Beginner

Arts

Students studied the Aboriginal Art form, including non-naturalistic abstract designs and naturalistic paintings of human, plant and animal figures. They then selected a wild animal they felt represented their personality, wrote an artist statement about the qualities they shared with their animal, and created an animal self-portrait using the traditional dotting technique and abstract design elements used by aborigines.

AIDS and the Duesberg Phenomenon
Experienced

Science

Renowned virologist and member of the prestigious National Academy of Science, Peter Duesberg has argued that AIDS is not caused by HIV, but is the result of recreational and anti-HIV drugs.  In this PBL case, students read Duesberg’s 1999 article in Science magazine titled “HIV is Not the Cause of AIDS” as well as a response to it titled “HIV Causes AIDS” by medical researchers Dr. William A. Blattner and colleagues.  Students work in groups to identify the issues as well as any terms or concepts they don’t understand, then research these out of class to pool their information as they learn about AIDS and HIV.

Alternative Uses of Outdated Computers
Ohio Resource Center
Experienced

Career Technical Education

Students will try to find practical uses for older computers that will help eliminate the practice of disposing of used computers in landfills.

Am I Freezing?
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Science

Students will prepare a presentation demonstrating the transfer of energy from ice cream mix to ice.

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
NextLesson
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

As a class, the students will create an Amazing Race challenge for another class. Students are put into production groups to create a show segment for The Amazing Race. Each group will: represent the different United States regions. investigate the various types of geographical regions (e.g., political regions, economic regions, land form regions, vegetation regions) create a digital poster or poster board presentation to be posted on classroom wiki for study reference include an “ artifact ” (e.g. geographic tools/ technologies, stories, songs, and pictures) to further describe their specific region. As a class, students will p resent their final product and regional artifacts to another class as an Amazing Race challenge. Ultimately, the students will reflect on what they learned and write about how do other regions in the United States influence their lives?

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

Amber’s Secret
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Experienced

Science

This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages of pregnancy of an unwed teenager. Working in small groups, students identify the learning issues for each part of the story and research answers to their questions. They are then given more of the case to evaluate. The cycle of analysis, information seeking, and sharing is repeated for each stage of the case. The case can be used in numerous settings including general health, biology, and sociology classes or in more specialized courses such as physiology, endocrinology, nursing, medicine, human development, social services, or counseling.

Analog Flash for Windows
High Tech High
Expert

Arts
Math
Science

Students will create an interactive, museum-quality exhibit that fit in a window frame and illustrated a principle of math or physics. Analog: most of the projects were mechanical.  The products were made not for PCs, but for the actual 24” x 24” x 5” interior windows of the school.

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

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.

And the Solution is….
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Social Studies

As legislators, students will work to solve problems (Ex. School calendar, ATVs, hot lunch requirements, driver’s license requirements) through writing their own legislation, while experiencing the entire legislative process.

Angle Management
High Tech High
Beginner

Arts
Math
Science

Students will apply, meaning to form, intellect to object, and the ideals of balance, harmony & symmetry.  They will be create a potter’s wheel and spinning art pieces to evoke all angles of human emotion.

Common Core Standards

ANSER Bird Identification Notecards
Expeditionary Learning
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts

Note cards with bird drawings on the front and information on the back. Drawings were done entirely by kindergartners, with critique from peers and many drafts. Fifth grade research buddies helped with the written text. Cards were sold across the state to raise funds for bird habitats.

Architectural Planning with Pythagoras
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Math

Students have been marooned on an island in the South Pacific.  The harshness of the elements necessitates the prompt construction of some shelter.  They need to build a structure without the help of levels and protractors.

Common Core Standards

Are We Identical Twins, Too?
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Science

Students will predict the genetic variability of two cousins whose parents are both identical twins. Parts of their research will include making observations and analyzing the probability of offspring’s genotype after completing various Punnett squares and applying the Mendelian Genetic Laws.

Are you Business Savvy?
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Math

The class is starting a grocery store.  Students are going to pick a different section of the grocery store (i.e. dairy, deli, produce).  Before they open the store they must investigate different ways to reduce cost (i.e. buying in bulk as opposed to individual products), establish a price to maximize profit on the products.

Common Core Standards

Are You Buying What I’m Vending
BIE National Faculty
Beginner

Math

Given new federal laws outlining “Smart Snacks” in schools, students need to reinvent the vending machines in order to make a profit to help support student extras, such as field trips, dances, & student events. Students will identify products that qualify under the new law, survey the student body for possible demand, analyze price points, contact vendors, and pitch the top 5 products they believe will post the most profit.

Art Takes You Places
West Virginia DOE
Beginner

Arts

Students will explore the connection of local history and culture to their state’s artists and will discover how these artists created a sense of place with their artworks. Using a medium and a shading technique of their choice, they will create drawings of meaningful places in their county.  Finally, each group will produce a virtual art gallery of their drawings, weaving their stories about the special places into this art gallery.


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