The simulation needs to be done with two classes from different schools (or within the same school). Members of each class will have two roles: members of city committees and corporate executives from Moscovy Mineral Springs Corporation. The students will prepare proposals in cooperative groups in their own classroom. They will view the proposals of the partner classroom assuming the role of the corporate executives from Moscow.
We have identified two cities for each region. The choices were made based on access to acceptable sites on the Internet. You may have to adjust the number of cities per region or number of students per city depending upon your class size.
Students need to meet as the MMSW executives (whole class) to review and add to the guidelines for the proposal. The students need to brainstorm the characteristics that make a city kid-friendly. From their brainstorming they will generate the questions that will be added to the guidelines page and e-mailed to the partner class.
The students will switch roles and become committee members of their city groups (assigned or selected). Upon receiving the e-mail from their partner class, they will use the guidelines page to direct their research.
This project could be done in collaboration with a school from each regional area of the United States.
Ongoing assessment takes place through teacher observation and checking the student journals.