Project Unit Cover Page
the Earth One Island At A Time!
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Title of the Project
Unit: Island Exploration
Subject Area of Focus:
Subject Areas: (All other integrated subject areas)
Language Arts, Technology, Geography
Grade Level Range:4-6
& Summary (Abstract) of Project:
Islands are the world's
storehouses of biodiversity, with disproportionately high numbers of endemic
and endangered species. The Hawaiian Islands, dubbed "the endangered
species capital of the world," are a case in point. Seventy two percent
of all the plant and animal extinctions ever recorded in the U.S. have
occurred in Hawaii! Indonesia's 10,000-plus islands have more species
threatened with extinction than any other nation on the planet. On
a global basis, over 50 percent of all recent animal extinctions and 90
percent of all bird species extinctions have occurred on islands.
Due to the self-contained
nature of island environments, their ecosystems are extremely vulnerable
to damage caused by introduced species and inappropriate development.
Island coral reefs, mangrove forests and rainforests, which play host to
an astounding array of marine and terrestrial life, are amongst the world's
most threatened ecosystems. Yet because individual islands are often
small and distant, there has been very little philanthropic an non-profit
resources devoted to preserving island biodiversity.
is a way to get students engaged in studying and comprehending the complexity
and critical importance of ecosystems as well as fostering personal responsibility
and stewardship by making connections between student's own behavior and
the health of the planet. Student's general interest in islands is natural
way to teach students about cultures, government, trade, history and our
world's interdependence and inter connectedness.
What specific standards will this project meet?
Learning Outcomes &
Investigation and Experimentation
Research and Technology
Written and Oral English
Organization and Delivery
of Oral Communication
Analysis and Evaluation
of Oral and Media Communications
ELD Standards for content
areas of Science and L.A. are the same as above. (Strategies for
ELD students included on link.)
Through the Seacology
motto, Saving the Earth One Island At A Time, students in the Islands Exploration
Unit will be able to understand that "No Island is an Island" by
studying concepts such as: interdependence, inter connectedness and
What students need
Cooperative Groups Seacology
Learn & Develop Power
Learn Inspiration in conjunction
with Island Literature Circles
Write Island Exploration
Persuasive Essays, Research
List the various formative
and summative assessments you will use to measure whether or not your students
meet the outcomes of this lesson. Some examples are: portfolios, surveys,
tests, graphs, rubrics, self-assessment, etc.Ý
What makes an "island?"
How are the culture, ecosystem
government of an island related to its climate?
What are the most important
elements of "this" island's ecosystem?
Who were the first inhabitants?
From where did they come? Why?
What is the difference between
native and introduced species?
How are we all interconnected,
island to island?
How are ecosystems on land
through sea connected?
What does the phrase "No
Man Is An Island" mean?
What does "No Island Is
An Island" mean?
What can you do to preserve
threatened island environments?
Rubric (Aligned with
the outcomes of the Standards)
KWL ~ Draw Pictures showing
all they know about the oceans of the world as individuals.
Brainstorm ideas including: names of oceans, animals, locations, currents,
Continue adding information
to world maps. (Formative)
Power Point Group Projects,
Presentations & Written Reports (Formative
Newspaper Articles (Formative
Unit Test (Summative)
Additional Project Elements:
Real World ? How does
this Unit/Project relate to real world issues, problems, and information?
The Seacology Foundations
is a Real Organization with ongoing Island Projects around the world.
Engaging students to study real places, people and problems, as well as
exploring and investigating ways to make a difference, will awaken students
to their own connectedness and inter-dependence to the earth.
Extended Time Frame
(e.g., Timeline for Planning and Implementation)
Projects can take weeks
or months depending on how many lessons and projects one wanted to use
within this unit. The full implementation with an Oceanography Unit
will basically take 3 months, with an on-going element following up with
correspondence & Earth Day fund-raising.
(e.g., choosing resources, design of their product, choice of delivery
to demonstrate learning, how students allocate roles within their team),
Students teams (of two)
will be able to choose which Seacology Island projects they want to study.
(If students wish to do a different island, that is open for discussion.)
Power Point Presentations will be up to the students and projects will
be delivered to other students, parents and community members. Rubrics
will be developed by teacher and students.
How will you address
the learning needs of all students (e.g. Multiple Intelligences, (learning
styles, special needs)?
Lessons will include
a variety of modalities to address the needs of all students.
Maps and drawings of islands around the world will include visual information.
Journals will include written notes as well as other linguist information
such as investigations and outcomes. Kinesthetic learners will have
chances to perform in skits and those with a musical bent will enjoying
singing songs from islands in village style. Power Point Presentations
will incorporate a number of learning elements.
student/student) teacher/teacher, student/teacher, classroom/classroom,
collaboration with professionals in the field),
(Internet and/or Multimedia)
Seacology Foundation / Teacher
Student / Student (Cooperative
Student / Student ( Classroom
Students corresponding with other classrooms in the Bay Area and on other
Student / Teacher
Classroom Teacher (Science
Lead) / Social Studies Lead Teacher
with Jason Project)
Target beginning date:Sept.
On-line Research & Investigation
Power Point Presentations
NASA Ames Jason Project
Target ending date:Dec.
Lessons and Activities
/ Steps of the Unit Project:
and activities are designed to integrate into an Oceanography, Ecosystem
or Environmental Unit of study.
We, the undersigned,
believe that our Project will make a positive contribution to student learning,
and promise to fulfill our commitment to each other and implement this
project by March 1, 2003. In addition, we will each present our Unit to
our respective schools. We will also make every effort to submit our project
to the Santa Clara County Office of Educationís Innovator Award, sponsored
by National Semiconductor.Ý
Laura Mabbott, Huff School
Name SchoolGrade Level
Laura Mabbott Huff School
5th Grade Ljmabbott@sbcglobal.net