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This year, 5th graders will dive into 6 different projects centered around our state's science and social studies standards.  Through these projects, students will engage in an in-depth inquiry process with significant content and employ many 21st century skills such as collaboration and critical thinking.  Below you will find a brief synopsis of each of the 6 projects outlying the project idea, driving question, and final product or presentation.


"Wonder"


Project Idea:                                            Students kickstart the 5th grade year by focusing on curiosity and questioning to learn the about Project Based Learning and the inquiry process. Students will also focus on reading strategies and building community. 

Driving Question:                                             How can we use our curiosity to drive our learning this year?

Final Product:                                            Students create a “Golden Circle” poster as a whole class to share class mission but also create a personal Golden Circle poster to create their own intrinsic motivators for the school year to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and why they are here.
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"A Little Perspective 
Goes a Long Way"


Project Idea:

Students will take what they learn about the perspectives of the various viewpoints in the past to help understand the perspective of their own family’s reason for coming to America or moving to a various place. Students will study historical perspectives and be challenged to represent these perspectives in a game of “Survivor Island,” and then write and record their families personal movement histories in a Podcast to share with their buddies.
                                                                      Driving Question:
How do varied perspectives from history influence the past, present, and future?
                                                                          Final Product:
Personal Narrative Podcast - “Movement Story/”I Am From...”

                                                                          “We Can Change the World!"

 

Project Idea:                                             Students will tackle the national issue of our dependence on foreign natural resources, such as oil.  Students will be presented with a scenario that highlights the impact of foreign natural resources and consequences of their removal from U.S. consumption.  They will blog their learning progression with Environmental Engineers, propose a viable solution to provide energy independence using our own natural resources via Prezi, and create a working model that illustrates an element of their plan.  This plan must include their origins, uses, and concerns associated with the natural resource(s) utilized in plan.

Driving Question:
How do we, as Environmental Engineers, develop a plan for providing energy from natural resources found within our own country?                     
                                                                         Final Product:                                             Proposal presentation to Environmental Engineers using Prezi and working model.  

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"Give Me Liberty or 
Give Me Death"


Project Idea:
Students will research historical themes and write/present plays to school and parents to teach about our freedoms and liberties.  
                                                                      Driving Question:
As a playwright, how can we create a play that will inform and entertain an audience about the origins and foundations of freedom and liberty in the United States of America?
                                                                          Final Product:
Original plays written to inform and entertain the audience about our freedoms and liberties as citizens of the United States.  

                                                                    "Dr. Dr. Give Me the News!"


                                                              Project Idea:
Students will work in cooperative medical teams in order to explain a diagnosis and it's effects on the human body systems to a patient.  
                                                              Driving Question:
How do we, as doctors, diagnose a sick patient and recommend the best treatment?
                                                                  Final Product:
A Google Site and model will be created and presented to a panel of adults and medical professionals where students will share their findings.  

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"Professor Plum, in the Library, with the Candlestick"


Project Idea:
Students will become Crime Scene investigators by delving in to solving a fictitious murder mystery.  They will have to gain background knowledge on mixtures and solutions and how this connects to forensic science.  Students will create a movie trailer to promote their solving of the mystery, movie posters with a QR code linked to their trailer for others in the school to watch.  Their trailer will have to include how they used science to help them solve the case!
                                                              Driving Question:
How do we, as Crime Scene Investigators, use science to solve crimes?
                                                                  Final Product:
Movie trailer highlighting their solution to the murder mystery using scientific evidence to prove their thinking.  



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