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Our class blog provides a safe forum for students to practice digital citizenship while integrating content-based reading, writing, research, historical thinking, and 21st century skills. Compelling opportunities to create, communicate and collaborate enhance learning and deepen understanding. Additionally, our blog showcases exceptional student work for a global audience.
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WHAT GOES ON IN CLASS?
Students in grades three through eight explore two Units of Study: STEM and Humanities and a self-selected Passion Project also know as 20% Time. Learning is organic and lessons are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the students.
In the elementary program, students attend a supplemental pull-out class, Project Based Learning, one day a week for one hour.
In the middle school program, students attend a supplemental pull-out class, Project Based Learning, one day a week in lieu of independent study.
Our Units of Study
Project Based Learning provides meaningful and authentic challenges for student enrichment in STEM and Humanities. The Humanities Units are:
3rd Grade: Trial Court: Should Animals Get To Own Their Own Photos?
4th Grade: TBD
5th Grade: It’s Debatable
6th Grade: Crime Scene Investigation
7th Grade: Advertising Lab
8th Grade: Mock Trial
The STEM Units are:
3rd Grade: Hop To It: Safe Removal of Invasive Species
- Mechanical Engineering
4th Grade: To The Rescue: Engineering Aid Drop Packages
- Package Engineering
5th Grade: Food For Thought: Engineering Ice Cream
- Process Engineering
6th Grade: It’s In the Bag: Bioinspired Gear
- Materials Engineer
7th Grade: Go Fish:Prosthetic Tails
- Biomechanical Engineering
8th Grade: Put A Lid On It: Safety Helmets/Concussions
- Biomechanical Engineers
WHY IS THIS BLOG TITLED, THE CONCH?
One of my favorite novels is William Golding’s classic, Lord of the Flies. Multiple concepts (i.e., state of nature, conscience, dictatorship, civic virtue, human reason, rights and responsibilities of citizens, democracy, etc.) provide relevant material for understanding our world today.
Piggy and Simon’s wisdom, Ralph’s leadership, Jack’s dictatorial power, and Roger’s lack of conscience…These lessons set the stage for further study of history and current events.
Piggy is one of my favorite characters and he is in one of the most important scenes. In the scene, the conch passes from boy to boy to elicit discussion. However, Jack breaks one of the most important rules and snatches the conch from Piggy. Ralph defends the rules and shouts, “Piggy’s got the conch!” This turning point sets the stage for the study of government, rules, rights and the responsibilities of citizens.
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