Earn While You Learn Somoma Teacher Created Project Plans

Subject Area(s)

Mathematics

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley H; 9th-12th

Teacher Name

Ben Resnick

Students create a story that conveys a mathematical concept. The story may be realistic or fantastic. Students are encouraged to have fun exploring and sharing various story ideas before choosing the story they would like to author. Students will develop their stories as multimedia presentations.

Subject Area(s)

Social Studies

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sassarini Elementary; 3rd, 4th

Teacher Name

Christina Sanders

Students will become archeologists and learn how to infer clues from artifacts of the past to tell about the Native American tribes of California. A topographical map of California will be made in order to see why certain tribes settled where they did and why certain missions were built. The students will explore artwork, music, and local myths of their tribe. A two minute movie will describe their tribe or their mission chosen.

Subject Area(s)

Multiple Subjects

School(s); Grade Level(s)

El Verano Elementary; 5th

Teacher Name

Diane Dalenberg

Students must first be engaged. Teaching to the standards with textbooks and lectures only engages a handful of learners. The internet will be used as an engaging instructional tool in order to meet a variety of learning styles. Students will embark on whole-class guided internet journeys that meet 5th grade standards.

Subject Area(s)

Science' English/Language Arts; Technology

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 10th, 11th

Teacher Name

Gary Neville

Groups of students will explore environmental issues from a variety of viewpoints through roll playing. Each group of four students will research a single topic in order to support a position regarding the topic. Each postion will be through the eyes of a potential stakeholder. The students will first write a postion paper, then create a multimedia project, and finally make a persuasive presentation using the multimedia tool.

Subject Area(s)

Math (Geometry); Technology, Fine Arts, Science, Reading, History/SS, English/LA

Project Name

Mysteries of the Pyramid of the Sun

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Altimira Middle; 8th

Teacher Name

Gail Purtell

The Pyramid of the Sun holds many unsolved mysteries. Who built it? When was it built? Why was it built? How was it built? How big is it? How does it compare with the Great Pyramid in Egypt? Students will use the Internet to research the Pyramid of the Sun and use the information they gather to analyze the geometry involved in the construction of the pyramid. They will identify and describe geometric shapes and use formulas to make calculations on objects they observe around the school campus. They will then use the same formulas to make such calculations as slant height, surface area, and volume of the Pyramid of the Sun. Working in teams of 4, students will make a scale drawing and build a scale model of the pyramid using materials of their choice. Their findings, calculations, drawings, and photos of their model will be displayed in a multimedia presentation. Presentations will contain one or more extensions chosen from a menu including: original artwork characteristic of the culture, poetry or other creative writings, music, information about the geography of the area, further extensions of mathematics, information about the spiritual and mystical aspects of pyramids.

Subject Area(s)

ESL; English/LA, Fine Arts, History/SS

Project Name

Immigrant Voices and Dreams: An Oral History of Immigration to the United States

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley High School; 9th-12th

Teacher Name

Jennifer Arendt

High school ESL students will read Lupita Manana. This novel is about the struggles an immigrant family faces in the United States. When students are finished reading the novel, they will write an oral history about their relative's life. The relative should be at least one generation older than the student. Students will interview the person, write a biographical essay, and then create a multimedia presentation about the person's life.

Subject Area(s)

English/Language Arts; Reading

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 9th, 10th

Teacher Name

Judy Freycohen

After reading The Giver, Of Mice and Men, and House on Mango Street, the students are going to design their concept of a perfect society. They will answer the essential question of what does it take to make a society run well. They will culminate their project with a movie or power point that focuses on the main points of their utopia. After discussion, the class will decide on a community service project in our community that might help create a better society in the here and now.

Subject Area(s)

Math; Technology

Project Name

Geometry of the SVHS Little Theater

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 8th, 9th, 10th

Teacher Name

Ken Bystrom

The SVHS little theater is an irregular shaped building consisting of many different polygonal shapes. Students are to work in project teams to: create a scale model of a portion of the building, find the surface area and volume of this portion of the building and create a multimedia presentation that documents their methods and solutions.

Subject Area(s)

English/Language Arts; Fine Arts

Project Name

Who Are You?

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Creekside Continuation HS; 10th, 11th

Teacher Name

Kaki Shields

This is a semester-long investigation of how we are defined, by ourselves and others. Students will journal, interview family members, read scientific articles as well as essays and biographies, and create responses in a number of different media, from writing to film.

Subject Area(s)

Civics; Technology

Project Name

Citizenship-Our Rights and Responsibilities

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 12th

Teacher Name

Melanie Blake

Independent Study needs to improve communication strategies to be more effective. Students need a way to interact with each other and the curriculum beyond the textbook and current project opportunites. Independent Study is a rigorous academic alternative to traditional learning.This project will include a website to help Independent Study students connect to teachers and peers. The first online "pilot" course will be civics. Students will use online prompts and supports to complete a multimedia project on the responsibilities of citizenship in today's world.

Subject Area(s)

Foreign Language; Technology, Geography, History/SS; Science, Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Project Name

Adventure in Spain and Latin America

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 9th-12th

Teacher Name

Marsha Ford

High school students will investigate adventure travel in Spanish speaking countries to consider how the study of a country enhances the learning of Spanish language and culture. The project will stimulate the desire to travel and visit other countries and cultures. Students will pick their desired country and adventure travel activities from the list of countries in the world that speak Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to study in a variety of modalities throughout the project. Students will be required to set a budget, develop a travel plan and itinerary after researching the geography, climate, history, politics, celebrations and festivals, food and local customs of a Spanish speaking country. Students will present to the class a travel adventure in their country using a variety of media.

Subject Area(s)

Science

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 11th

Teacher Name

Mick OMeara

The student will use technology to illustrate graphically individual elements of the period chart showing the trends along periods and groups. Students will collaborate by grouping their individual power point presentations into one overall presentations that will include video of the trends, periodicity and everyday uses of the respective elements.

Subject Area(s)

Math; English/LA

Project Name

DATA2 (Dragons Always Talk Algebra 2)

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 10th, 11th, 12th

Teacher(s) Name(s)

Tammy Rivara, Marian Rasmussen

Our Algebra 2 students will create a useable online tutorial for each of the Algebra 2 standards. The tutorial will be comprised of a one page summary note sheet, worked examples, an interactive quiz and an alternative approach (art, poem, graphical organizer, real world application or historical context). The students will work in pairs. The teacher will be in control of the standards assigned, the posting on the internet, checking the accuracy of work and the parameters of the assignment. The students will be in control of how they choose to teach the standard within the parameters of the assignment.

Subject Area(s)

History/SS; Information Literacy

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 11th

Teacher Name

Nancy McEnry

The project will help students to trace and analyze the major and minor inventions made by Americans over the period 1873-2004 to understand how these inventions contributed to America's rise as a military-industrial power. It will help students to realize that items we take for granted in our everyday lives have a history of development and must be understood in the historical context in which they were created.

Subject Area(s)

Science

Project Name

Textbook Tutorial for Holt Spectrum Physical Science

School(s); Grade Level(s

)Sonoma Valley HS; 9th

Teacher Name

Peggy Burris

Students will make the science text "come alive". Using computer programs, such as "Inspiration", Powerpoint, Moviemaker, and Adobe elements, students outline chapters of the text. Abstract principles and concepts will be connected to real world activities.

Subject Area(s)

Math

Project Name

Real World Math Minutes

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 9th-12th

Teacher Name

Pat Reed

Real Life Math Minutes: Students work in teams to investigate the real world applications of a math concept, providing the rationale and how to for "doing the math", such as factoring, or systems of equations. California Math Standards will be addressed through the investigations. Students will need to connect with professionals in the field of their topic. Students will have choices in their topic, their method of presentation (power point, movie, animation, etc) relying on the individual strengths of the team members. The audience for their presentations will be the SVHS student body over Channel 8 on Wednesdays

Subject Area(s)

Biology; Technology

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 10th

Teacher Name

Patty Sempell

Posed with the question, "what will humans look like in 20,000 years?, students will come up with a scenario for the future that includes adapted humans. Students will describe the new environments in which humans find themselves, and use Darwinian evolutionary principles to predict the changes that have happened to the humans of the future. Class presentations of each group's answer to the question will be shown to the class as Powerpoint presentations using animations and media clips. The project will address multiple intelligences. It will be peer graded, teacher graded, and self reviewed. This will be a group activity taking up most of 5 class sessions.

Subject Area(s)

Foreign Language; Reading, Math, History/SS, Science, Englsh/LA

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Sonoma Valley HS; 9th-12th

Teacher Name

Renate Kuprian

This project brings students closer to real-live situation. They will use their already existing language skills and acquire new vocabulary. This learning experience involves visual, oral, mathematical, logical and interpersonal skills. Students will have a better idea of their place of destination and gain a more profound cultural understanding.

Subject Area(s)

Technology; History/SS, Science, Reading, English/LA

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Altimira Middle; 6th, 7th, 8th

Teacher Name

Terry Roberts

Through writing that has been collected by the teacher from a Senior Citizen activity center, students will each be assigned to recreate a story from one elder. After writing a rough draft and peer and self-edits, each student will put his or her writing into a PowerPoint presentation using appropriate illustrations for the slides which they will gather through clip art, animation, pictures and more. The students will include an introductory slide,a dedication slide to their senior, and the information provided by him or her.Students will end the presentation by including a slide that reflects upon what they learned through the project, and anything positive they would like to include about their experience. Students will then copy their stories onto a CD. This disk will be a gift to the senior citizen about whom the youth wrote. This project would be appropriate for any secondary grade level.

Subject Area(s)

Career Exploration; Technology

Project Name

Voc U

School(s); Grade Level(s)

Creekside HS; 10th-12th

Teacher Name

Walter Williams