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Interdisciplinary Project

The Interdisciplinary Project is a collection of interactive, theme-based activities that help students reach a deeper understanding of how topics learned in one discipline can be applied to other disciplines.  Each project is weaved throughout the students’ current coursework, and it allows them to further hone their skill sets through real-world applications.

 

Each project covers one unit of study, and units are broken up into four interdisciplinary activities, in the areas of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Each unit covers an overarching theme, and each discipline (ELA, Math, Science, SS) provides the student an opportunity to combine their knowledge in different areas to complete a task. Each of these tasks are tied together, and students are provided with the tools to create their own interpretation of the task at hand. The tools include Google Apps for Education, graph generators, a sketchpad, Venn diagramming, and many others.

The interdisciplinary projects allow for student agency that builds on the foundations learned in the core curriculum. 

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To complete each of their tasks, students will utilize our Project Toolbar, as seen below.* 

Please click each icon to explore the tools students will be using when completing their projects.

Completing a project will allow students to reach a deeper understanding of the core goals from the different disciplines. Through the use of these real-world examples, students will develop critical thinking skills and will learn to apply concepts from their curriculum to real-life situations. Research has found that this creates a broad conceptual framework for students to integrate concepts (Bransford (2000)).

 

Additionally, teachers can leverage the content from these projects to drive conversation and teamwork in the classroom. By collaborating with other peers to complete these projects, or by working alone, the students will build confidence, strengthen their understanding of the material, gain exposure to essential social developmental skills, and experience a 21st century approach to the coursework.

 

All student work is saved and can be compiled into a running portfolio using Google Apps for education. Using this method, students are able to store, share, and collaborate on different projects.

So, what's in a theme?

“Do I Really Need to Brush My Teeth?”

The overarching theme within Unit 1 covers drinking water and fluoride, but how do you apply that to the areas of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies?

 

We’ll use a printing press to create a flyer, we’ll represent real world data in a variety of ways, and we’ll create a slideshow about the Environmental Protection Agency. Click below to work through the sample project.

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UNITS, THEMES & LESSONS

The complete list of themes for each grade level can be found below.


Each unit contains four distinct activities, one for each discipline of English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The activities tie directly to the content of the curriculum to reinforce and strengthen the students' understanding of the material.

6th Grade

Do I Really Need to Brush My Teeth?

   UNIT 1A   

A Trip Around

the Sun

   UNIT 2A   

The Road

You Travel

   UNIT 3A   

A Metallic

Imposter

   UNIT 4A   

Is an Inchworm Smaller in

England?

   UNIT 5A   

I Forgot

My Sunscreen

   UNIT 6A   

2% or Skim?

   UNIT 1B   

Sorry! I Sneezed on You

   UNIT 2B   

We're in a Sticky Situation

   UNIT 3B   

Let's Take

a Seflie!

   UNIT 4B   

Isn't STEM Part of a Plant?

   UNIT 5B   

Don't Have

a Meltdown

   UNIT 6B   

7th Grade

America

the Beautiful

   UNIT 1A   

Ready

for Takeoff!

   UNIT 2A   

A Really

Great Lake

   UNIT 3A   

Black

Gold?

   UNIT 4A   

A Force to Be Reckoned With

   UNIT 5A   

Welcome to the Machines

   UNIT 6A   

As Basic as it Gets

   UNIT 1B   

Nifty

Fifty

   UNIT 2B   

With Liberty and Justice

for All

   UNIT 3B   

Skyscrapers, Submarines, and Spoons

   UNIT 4B   

Can't You Hear the Whistle Blowing?

   UNIT 5B   

How Refined are You?

   UNIT 6B   

8th Grade

The Natives

are Restless

   UNIT 1A   

Living Off
the Land

   UNIT 2A   

Do You Want

to Build a Snowman?

   UNIT 3A   

You Say You Want a Revolution?

   UNIT 4A   

Tipping the Scales

   UNIT 5A   

An Alien

Satellite

   UNIT 6A   

Over the River and Through the Woods

   UNIT 1B   

Follow the Sunset

   UNIT 2B   

My T-Shirt Grew on

a Farm?

   UNIT 3B   

We've Gone

Ballistic

   UNIT 4B   

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

   UNIT 5B   

From Sickle to Splicing

   UNIT 6B   

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