Timeline: What is to be Done and WhenThis project will take the whole school year to accomplish. It will take a lot of discipline on the part of you, the students, but the results should be something you can be proud of beyond just this year.You will also be making your own timeline for the work you will do with your teamFinal Product: The Bottom LineWhat you are to accomplish: A presentation to the school, public officials, the community, and your parents sharing what you learned about flooding on local rivers in a formal presentation.A Map: What Has to Happen
- To get to our goal you will need to know about flooding on rivers, watershed, hydrology, ecology, and the urbanization of a watershed.
- You will need to learn specifics about the river you are studying and that means real experiments to determine the parameters of the river that we see.
- You will need to know the quality of the water in the river so you can determine the problems beyond the hydrology (water) that flooding causes.
- You will have to understand what can be done and what is desired to be done to prevent property damage along the river.
- You will have to collaborate with another school and with experts in the fields of hydrology, ecology, and government policy to see what is possible to solve these problems.
- You will have to learn about the scientific method and about technology to collect, analyze, and present the findings of your science.Collaboration: Working with another SchoolYou will be working with another school too far to call or visit often. This means using electronic mail and other electronic methods (faxes, video-conferencing, posting to bulletin boards, and web page presentation). This will mean learning new skills but also being honest and responsible so that this is meaningful collaboration and isn't abused. You will need to understand and sign the acceptable use form from your school to be allowed to participate in this collaboration.Grades: The "G" WordDoes this replace grades? No and we are sorry about that, but grades are given and we as teachers will need to have some form of assessment to make sure you are learning the science you need to learn for the next grade. Your parents will also need to be informed about your progress towards meeting those standards that the next grade requires. If you participate in this project there is no doubt that you will learn not only all the science you need to learn, but also learn about yourself and the importance of an individual in a team to help the world around them.Grading: The Rubric Rests with YouSome of the rubric (the way we determine the grade) for assessing you has been established by your teachers based on certain requirements of the school.. This rubric can be changed by you, added or edited it to better fit exactly what we want to have accomplished. At Kingswood we need benchmarks for each of the trimesters and at Lawton we need to have benchmarks for the quarters. A benchmark will be where we think we should be with our project at that point. It should include some assessment of what has been done by each individual, and what has been learned by each individual. What you are tested on is what you are learning. What you are judged on is what you are working on. We need to set these early each grading period so we are all clear on how grades are to be assigned for the work done.Journal or Notebook: Keeping Track of What You DoThis is a scientist tool and one your teacher and team will use to see what you are doing and what you need to do. This is a bound book with numbered pages that you write in every day you work.Homework: Not to WorryHomework is what you do at home to learn and finish tasks that you can't finish at work. Twenty to thirty minutes of homework per night in science would be best. Sometime there will be little or none but you will make up for it at other times. Homework will be set by your group and your project and to get ready for some assessment tests to see how much science you are learning.Nothing Will Be Left Out: All will be CoveredAll of the key concepts for science at your grade level will be found in the projects as you do them. Your teachers will see that you know what you are to learn to be prepared for science next year and will assess your progress towards learning those concepts.
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Created for the Fermilab
LInC program sponsored by Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory Education Office
and Friends of Fermilab, and
funded by United States Department of Energy,
Illinois State Board of Education,
North Central Regional Technology in Education
Consortium which is operated by North Central
Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National
Author(s): Miles Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Brian Schad (email@example.com )
Cranbrook Schools, Kingswood Girl's Middle School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Lawton Elementary Ann Arbor, Michigan
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001