Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects

There Is No Place Like . . . SPACE

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Subject/Content Area:

Interdisciplinary: Science - astronomy; Math - problem-solving and measurement; Art; Social Studies - current events; and Language Arts - reference. skills

Target Audience:
Middle school students, 7th grade, all levels

Project Goals:
A collaborative, seven-to-ten weeks investigation of the space program, specifically space stations, its impact on our lives and the world

Learner Outcomes: Students will be able to:

Alignment with National Standards:

Science Standards: Scoience and technology Standards: The student will be able to establish connections between the natural and designed worlds and to develop decision-making abilities associated with the process of design and fundamental understandings about the enterprise of science and its various linkages with technology. The student will be able to identify and state a problem, design a solution--including a cost and risk-and-benefit analysis--implement a solution, and evaluate the solution.

Social Studies Standards: Historical Understanding: Standard 1: Historical Understanding: Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns

Language Arts Standards: Language Arts: Standard 4: Effectively gathers and uses information for research purposes

Mathematics Standards: Standard 13: Measurement: The mathematics curriculum should include extensive concrete experiences using measurement so that students can extend their understanding of the process of measurement; estimate, make, and use measurements to describe and compare phenomena; select appropriate units and tools to measure to the degree of accuracy required in a particular situation Standard 4: Mathematical Connections: The mathematics curriculum should include the investigation of mathematical connections so that students can apply mathematical thinking and modeling to solve problems that arise in other disciplines, such as art, music, psychology, science, and business.

Art Standards: Visual Arts: Standard 3: Knows a range of subject matter, symbols, and potential ideas in the visual arts

Assessment of Students:

Students will be assessed through a project containing a product, presentation, and self assessment.

Author: Sharon White, Grissom Junior High School, Tinley Park, IL
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Last Updated: August, 1997