The Fermilab LInC

Leadership Institute Integrating Internet, Instruction and Curriculum

Middle School Projects

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Designed to demonstrate principles of engaged learning and effective use of technology by K-12 teachers who participated in staff development programs
at
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory in Batavia, IL

Teachers created these projects as homework during the Fermilab LInC course for a particular community and school. Some of them may be A's; others C's. Some may be appropriate to adapt for your classroom; others may give you ideas for a project you want to develop. You may assess their merit using a rubric we developed for "publishable quality" projects. Projects are evolving as teachers gain more experience with engaged learning and the Internet as a tool. These projects are designed for a particular community and school. Other teachers may wish to modify them to reflect their own situations. Projects are evolving as teachers gain more experience with engaged learning and the Internet as a tool.

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Middle School Projects

Activating EnergyNet: Physical Science - Electricity, Geometry, Applied Math Surging one step further than the EnergyNet data collection and interventions, junior high students at Carl Sandburg design resources for other students involved in the EnergyNet project and create Web pages for a district energy program. Student Pages

Add'm and Eve in the Garden: Math, Science
The students will form themselves into "company teams" to research and design raised beds for the Grice Middle School Vegetable Garden area. Students will select their own teammates giving consideration to the fact that each team should have some members who have Internet access and printer capability at home as the school facilities are limited. Each team will research "raised bed" gardening on the Internet locating general topical information, sources of commercial materials, and existing application sites. The team members will divide the labor of measuring and creating an accurate cost analysis for construction and actual design of both the overall garden plan and individual raised bed designs within the given existing area of the current garden. The team or a segment of it will discuss the use to which the adjacent garden area with be put. They will research and determine to what use they wish it to be put. A design for this additional habitat area will be submitted to the student council for funding. Ideas might come from discussions with other schools that already have garden areas in place. Student Pages

Attack A Cell, Any Cell: Seventh Grade Science
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Band on Line: Sixth Grade Band
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Bats: Biological and Physical Sciences
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The Cutting Edge of Music Technology: Music - Technology, Instruments
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Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News: Interdisciplinary - Science, Health, Math, English, Reading, Use of Computer Technology
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East Moriches Weather Watchers: Science, Mathematics, Technology
The sixth grade class at East Moriches School learn about weather and weather prediction in science class and how to research information using the Internet in computer class. The students' task is to:

  • set up a weather station on the school site to collect data on local weather conditions. Students collaborate with Brookhaven National Laboratory meteorologists and share their data with Long Island and New York area schools through Project W.A.R.M., a meteorological network developed in cooperation with the Laboratory. They access the Internet for up-to-date information on local and regional weather.
  • find ways to disseminate the local weather conditions to the school and surrounding community; students will broadcast a local weather report over the school closed-circuit television system and set up a local weather news Website.
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Exploring Foreign Cultures: Social Studies
Semester-long project for eighth grade. Students are grouped to do an in-depth study of a country's culture. They are to include four concerns or social problems which are found in the U.S. and their country. Using the regular research sources plus adding Internet, students will connect with their country by e-mail, surveys, listservs, and newsgroups to do a compare and contrast between the two countries. By the end of the semester, the teams will each produce a Web Page including their information and results from their studies; a display for a Culture Expo to be held in the LLC will also be required. The Web Pages will be accessible during the Expo by students and parents visiting the LLC. Student Pages

Guild Hall: All subjects
Travel back in time to take on the role of apprentice, then master for one of the various guilds that existed during the Renaissance period. Experience, firsthand, applying for a guild apprentice card; meet masters who will teach you all that you will need to know to earn the status of journeyman (or woman) on the way to becoming a master in your own right. Student Pages

Health Wellness Interdisciplinary Unit: Lauguage Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Health Wellness Search Web: Health - Human Diseases
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The Holocaust's Place in History: Social Studies, Language Arts
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How Safe Is Your Backyard?: Science, Math, Language Arts, Technology
The World Wide Web has brought revolutionary changes to education. We can now observe new data as it happens. The potential for enhancing our classroom presentations with up-to-date information in a multimedia format offers students an exciting new way to learn. Students are exposed to the latest in technology and it gives them access to a variety of information using the Internet. Students will be able to communicate with other students and participate in a universal problem. Just how safe is your backyard? Test the soil and water to see. Student Pages

Life Science Research: Life Science
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Monster Project: Mind's Eye: Interdisciplinary
Interdisciplinary unit which engages students in cooperative learning in Language Arts, Fine Arts, and Computers.

Out Of This World And Into Our Classroom: Math, Science - Astronomy
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Passport to Africa: Integrated Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies
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100% Recyclable: Social Studies, Science
Seventh grade students will be challenged to develop a school-wide recycling program. The challenge will be for everyone; students, teachers, administrators and especially the cafeteria and lunch program to recycle waste products. Students will form teams to investigate waste and waste management. They will also contact other schools throughout the country (via e-mail) and collect data on school recycling programs. Do they exist? How are they managed? What percentage of waste has to be hauled away? What are the costs for running such a program? The teams will be encouraged to develop a Total School Recycle Program to either internally handle waste, or to find resources that will productively utilize waste products. This will involve investigating the means of disposing or recycling all the waste generated from their school building. Can it be done? Student Pages

Salt Creek Investigation: Environmental Science
This interdisciplinary study of Salt Creek involves junior high students in the examination of authentic community problems. Through the use of technology and other community resources, students are introduced to water quality issues and develop proposals for interventions to improve water quality. Student Pages

Selecting a Harbor: Oceanography and the Impact of Oil Spills: Science
Interdisciplinary unit engaging students in cooperative learning structures in selecting three sites for oil shipping terminals. Student Pages

SIMply Prairie: Science, Environmental Science, and/or Social Studies
This multidisciplinary, inquiry-based project is based on a research problem related to prairie grasses and forbs. The open-ended problem lends itself to a variety of investigatory directions and is appropriate for students at all ability levels. The project provides opportunities for students to conduct quadrat studies, record and analyze their data, and compare their results with students at other prairie sites. The program is based on a local field-based program, Particles and Prairies, conducted at Fermilab for many years. A sampler of information and activities from this program is available online. Student Pages

Smallville's Prairie Problem: Science, Environmental Science, and/or Social Studies
The invitation to learn is offered via a fictitious newspaper story regarding the potential commercial development of a tallgrass prairie site. The resulting multidisciplinary science study has many common elements which can be tailored to various grade levels. Student Pages

Sol Cache-Solar Energy: Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Science
Through this project, students are introduced to important energy concepts and apply that knowledge to "real-life" situations. Students gain insight into energy supply and demand and develop critical thinking skills as they learn about these complex issues. Student Pages

Take a Ride Around the World on the Internet: Internet
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Teaching in the Switched On Classroom: Introductory Technology (In Conjunction with an Interdisciplinary Unit - Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts)
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There Is No Place Like . . . . SPACE: Art, Language Arts. Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science
Junior high students explore living in space through this interdisciplinary project. Student Pages

U.S. History Project: History
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WebGraphics, Inc.: Social Studies
It's an international collaboration between Minnesota's Mahtomedi Middle School's eighth grade elective class "Movie Making . . . in Animation" and the John F. Kennedy Schule's computer science class in Berlin, Germany. Both schools have divided their classes into three teams. Each team is assigned to create, as their business, a graphic art's company to be home based on the World Wide Web (WWW). Along with being entrepreneurs in the graphic world, all teams are potential clients to the other cooperative school's teams. They will approach their problems creatively and in an interdisciplinary scope using a variety of sources such as mentors, facilitators, the library and the Internet. Student Pages

Were the Three Bears Robbed? An Issue of Teen Rights: Graphic Arts, Math, Technology, Science, Business
The Constitution is too powerful a document to be studied without our students realizing the tremendous impact it has on their lives as citizens. Help them become active participants by researching the Constitutional Amendments through familiar fairy tale characters. The purpose being to gain a greater appreciation of the Constitution and the rights it reserves for them an others. Student Pages

Working Together to Improve the Community Interdisciplinary - Social Studies, Language Arts, Math
The purpose of this project is two-fold; the students will study the government and assess issues that are important to the local community. The students will demonstrate an understanding of what they learned as they participate in the political process by writing letters to their representatives in all levels of government. Student Pages

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