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It Affects Us All!

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           Project Overview                    page 1


Team members:

Please enter your Name, Email, Title, Grade, and Location

Jennifer Ower (uclatig@gmail.com)

Marsha Fischer (Mirrafischer@gmail.com)

Renee Edwards (neonlotus@msn.com)

Kristin Hoins (khoins@gmail.com) -  4-6 Technology & Enrichment

Shirley Farrell (sfarrell@alsde.edu) K-12 Gifted Ed

Vickie Weiss (vweiss4037@aol.com)

Wayne Tuttle (jenwayt@gmail.com)

Mansi Juneja (mansi@thenoblesleague.com)

Paula Rushia (paula.rushia12@gmail.com)

Gail Desler (gdesler@gmail.com)

Kelyn Dewar (dewar.kelyn@gmail.com

Lori Smith (lasmith@fortlewis.edu)

Libby (libbyatterberry@gmail.com) 

Tracy Hanson (btracyh@earthlink.net) - K-8 Administrator/teacher - So. Acworth, NH

Sue Ackley (sackley@murrieta.k12.ca.us)

Vincent Eisman (vincenteisman@gmail.com)                                                                                                                      


5th grade


5th Grade





5th Grade 


4  & 5th 





4th grade


4th grade


San Bernardino, CA  Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bronx, NY

Telluride, CO




Brentwood, NH 

Hopefully Silverton CO! 





Oakdale, CA

Murrieta, CA

Name of Project:


Your Environment, Your Life

4/5 Outline



4 to 6 weeks 


Language Arts and Science

Grade Level:

4th-6th grade

Other Subject Areas to Be Included:

Social Studies, Math, Technology


Project Idea

Summary of the challenge, investigation, scenario, problem, or issue:

Human Impact/Maintaining the Balance:

The BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has reminded us that humans can cause great harm to our world and ourselves.  There are many man-made and natural disasters that negatively affect our environments every year.  By affecting our environments, they affect us. 

Driving Question

What environmental problems does your community face, how do they affect you, impact the environment, and how can you help?

Content and Skills Standards to be addressed:

-Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival.

-Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.

-Water moves throughout our world (Consider Flush by Carl Hiassen and Bag It the Documentary).

-Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material.

-Past events effect us now.

-Researching a topic (information literacy: notetaking, determining reputable sources, paraphrasing, crediting sources, using search engines...)

-Using technology (Search Engines, Netiquette, Social Networking, Blogging...)

-Present findings on a topic using technology (ideas: persuasive letter writing, blog discussion, glogster posters, podcasts, imovies, voicethread)

-Systems can influence/change other systems

-Individuals with economic power should shoulder responsibility for their actions. (This "big idea" can be used to guide students towards service learning/advocacy.)












21st Century Skills explicitly taught and assessed (T+A) or encouraged (E) by project work, but not taught or assessed:




Global Awareness/Environmental Literacy











Critical Thinking and Problem Solving







Culminating Products & Performances



Create a service project to help deal with the environmental issue your community faces.  Your service project can raise awareness through a poster, flyer, podcast, or video.


Your service project can take action to prevent or clean-up the issue.  For instance, a beach/river clean-up, testing water quality, replanting trees, etc...


Your service project can be a combination of action and awareness.  Educate people to raise funds for the environmental cause.

The service project should explain how this problem effects you and the community.




Develop service learning project to track direct impact of oil spill in your own community via a Backyard Bird Watchers Alert - connecting through Citizen Science site/concept. Tap into ebirds, All About Birds, Nest Watch, Bird Sleuth and other sites shared during Monday webinar..


According to news reports in NH: "The BP spill also is altering the food web by providing vast food for bacteria that consume oil and gas, allowing them to flourish."  How is the food web being altered and how is it affecting those of us who live so far from the spill?


Draft: Group PBL Project Rubric


 Presentation Audience

  Presentation Audience:





   City Council

   Local Environmental Group






Draft: Hoot Book Project Rubric

Draft: Animal Article Rubric





Other: Collaborating Classrooms

           Project Overview                    page 2


Entry Event to

launch inquiry

and engage students:

Show pictures and images of the Gulf Oil Spill.  http://www.teachingscience20.com/2010/07/gulf-oil-spill-and-project-based-learning/  or http://wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp and journal about reactions to images.

Do lab experiment that shows effects of oil spills on the environment.  http://www.fi.edu/tfi/activity/earth/earth-2.html 

Read Aloud The Everglades by Jean Craighead George (Great for Florida or common text)   


Formative Assessments

(During Project)



Practice Presentations

Journal/Learning Log



Preliminary Plans/Outlines/Prototypes





Rough Drafts

Concept Maps



Online Tests/Exams



Project blog to connect all participating sites



Summative Assessments

(End of Project)

Written Product(s), with rubric:


Pamphlet or Brochure to educate others about protecting our water supply or habitats.




Other Product(s) or Performance(s), with



Oral Presentation, with rubric


Peer Evaluation


Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test




Essay Test




PSAs via PhotoStory3, MovieMaker, iMovie, etc.

Pages Magazine Page (Expository 6 Traits)

Gameboards, Comic Strips, Songs, News Report




Resources Needed

On-site people, facilities:



Computer, Internet Access, Cameras


Reading Options:

Flush by Carl Hiaasen; Hoot by Carl Hiaasen; Scat by Carl Hiaasen; The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George, Alane Ferguson National Park Mysteries, The Beasties by William Sleator, Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

STC Ecosytems Kit

Community resources:

Visit a wetland habitat:

      * VINS: Vermont Institute of Natural Science :   New England’s premier avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic - nice tie-in to the previously mentioned bird sites.


Reflection Methods

(check all that will be used)

Journal/Learning Log


Focus Group



Whole-Class Discussion



Fishbowl Discussion



Survey We can create a survey to evaluate this project as a whole.  One for the teachers, students and maybe parents. (Survey Monkey)




For sites with capability (bandwidth, videoconference camera), connect informally or via MegaConferenceJr to compare local stories.






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