Grade 7-8 Curriculum Inquiry Projects - Round One


Post a summary for each inquiry project being designed by teachers participating in this PD project. Complete the basic information fields AND attach a PDF of your "HEAT Student Performance Task" completed with your TL.

Teacher-Librarian: Tamzen Kulyk
Designing Student Performance Tasks:


Corkboard: Driving Questions and Sub QuestionsCorkboard: Project Ideas
Project Summary
Project Title
Citizenship
School / Teacher Name
Greystone Heights/ Michelle Pantel
Grade Level
8 AcTal
Content Area
Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Career Education
Driving Question
Driving Question:How can I make a difference in the world?
Essential Questions: What are world issues? What makes it a world issue? Where do you think you could make an impact within a world issue of your choice?
What evidence and deciding factors result in your decision? Do you feel your action made a positive impact? How will this experience impact you today, tomorrow, and in the future?
Scenario Task
Choose a world issue that you feel is important, make a plan, and evaluate the impact.
TYPE of Communication
Narrative
MODE of Communication
Student Choice
Student Digital Product
http://snack.to/o5LZUJn
Other Supporting Documents

Teacher-Librarian: Ruth Elliott
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Corkboard for Questions
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Project Title
Choice and Voice
School / Teacher Name
Westmount/Rob Janzen
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Driving Question
(Problem Based Learning Model)
Driving Questions:
Why did Residential Schools have such a negative impact on First Nations People?
What are the effects of suppression of choice and voice on First Nations Residential School Survivors?
Need to Know:
When did Residential Schools operate?Why did they exist?What was the purpose of Residential Schools?What happened to people who attended Residential Schools?
Inquiry and Innovation:
How can we find the stories of the survivors and learn from their experiences?
How can we create a collaborative space to learn from?
21st Century Skills:
Create a collaborative board (Wall Wisher) where all students can post their research in the form of videos, web pages, pictures and text.
Create a search story (Google Search Stories) to document the process and questions being asked as the "Need to Know" questons are being answered.
Student Voice and Choice:
Students chose to give voice to the topic of their choice after studying residential schools.
Example 1. "How can I create a visual representation to show the abuse that students suffered?"
Example 2. "How can I give a voice to the survivors of Residential Schools, to show how many people lost their identity?"
Feedback and Revision:
Students saved their created work onto their own blogs (Kid Blog)to provide a limited stage for peer feedback.
Questions of the work comes in the form of class discussion as well as comments on their blogs.
Publicly Presented Project:
Students have their own page on the class project website.Students will explain their work in the form of an Art Gallery walk.
Scenario Task
Create a visial representation to give a voice to the survivors of Residential Schools in order to show how many people lost their identity.
TYPE of Communication
Acknowledgement (First stage in the circle of healing)
MODE of Communication
Student Choice, Visual representation
Student Digital Product
http://www.wix.com/janzenr/residential-school-project#!
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Other Supporting Documents
http://www.wix.com/janzenr/residential-school-project#!research-process

Teacher-Librarian - Audrey MacDonald
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard questions
Corkboard project ideas
Project Title
Citizenship
School / Teacher Name
Lester B.Pearson / Carrie Soroski
Grade Level
7
Content Area
Social Studies/ELA/Health
Driving Question
What makes a contributing citizen
Scenario Task
Student Digital Product - Informative Writing and Video
- comparing themselves to a person who has made a difference
- identifying an action plan for contributing to their world (how can they make a difference like the person they compared themselves to)
TYPE of Communication
Informative Writing and Video
MODE of Communication

Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Paul Bazin
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Cork Board
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Project Title
Writing Beyond
School / Teacher Name
Lakeview/J Brunett
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
Writing LA
Driving Question
How does the analysis and application of texts influence improvement in our reading and writing?
Scenario Task
Step one: Students generate short story writing sample.
Step two: Utilize I write Like algorithym to generate an author of prominence to compare their writing.
Step three : Go to public library to pull sample pieces to generate excerpts of exemplary writing traits.
Step four : create a t-chart that dichotomizes the students sample traits with the author exemplary traits
Step five: Analysis of their writing based upon the traits that they have found or not found in both their writing and the famous author's writing
Step six: taking this new found skill of analysis students will learn about how to use traits of writing to create a book review of a library
book of their choice from our local LRC.
Step seven :Students will take the book reviews that they have written to create a podcast of their book
review which will be linked to the actual book using a QR code which will be placed inside the jacket of the book.
The purpose of the podcast is to encourage someone to read a book from our local collection.
TYPE of Communication
Analyse and Persuade
MODE of Communication
Podcast
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Yvonne Denomy
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary: Create a public service announcement intiating change in policy or government to support the needs of a member of Canadian society
(from a perspective such as single parent, poverty etc.)
Corkboard for Questions: Corkboard
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Project Title
Government
School / Teacher Name
Ecole Victoria/Keri Sutton
Grade Level
7/8 French Immersion
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
Is a federal government necessary?
Scenario Task
Create a 30 second public service announcement to persuade others to vote yes or no to self-government (federal government).
TYPE of Communication
Analyse and persuade
MODE of Communication
video
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Greg Wihak
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):

Project Summary: Within a thematic study of culture, society, economy, technology and globalization, students will investigate and analyze the effects of globalization on people in
Saskatchewan (teenagers, farmers, business owners, financial advisors, etc.) They will create multi-media presentations what these effects are and how they influence people's daily lives.
CorkBoardMe Questions:
Corkboard Ideas and Questions:
Project Title
Globalization
School / Teacher Name
Prince Philip / Rita Roy
Grade Level
6/7
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
How does globalization affect the lives of Saskatchewan citizens?
Scenario Task
Students will take on roles as members of the Saskatchewan community and create multi-media presentations that portray how globalization affects them and their activities.
TYPE of Communication
Student choice
MODE of Communication
multi-media
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Laurie Hnatiuk
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
1. Model Canada Student Exchange: Sell that Canada is a desirable place to host student exchange. Model jot notes and organizing data
2. Comparison of countries: China is mini-lesson. Immerse section of lessons modeling one criteria of research comparing China and Canada.
Allow adequate time per lesson to study the aspect using a country of their choice and replicate the skills used
3. Coalesce research. Discover key points to use for multimedia presentation. Storyboard Skill - Persuasive Writing
4. Create multimedia presentation. Stresses how their research country is the same and how different. Showcase at assembly and at television at front of school.
Advertisement in school newspaper highlighting their country.
CorkboardMeQuestions
Corkboard Ideas & Scenario
Project Title
Student Exchange
School / Teacher Name
Caroline Robins/ Greg Bereza
Grade Level
6/7
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
How are we the same and how are we different?
Sub focus
Comparing a Pacific or Atlantic Rim country with Canada
Specifically tying in Interdependence, trading partners, science and technology , resources, climate, geography, interaction/trade, wealth
Scenario Task
Advertisement- Multimedia of pros and then blooper video (of cons)
You are a tour guide/travel agent trying to persuade a class of students to choose your country to go on a student exchange the following year.
- radio announcement or tourism video
TYPE of Communication
Persuade
MODE of Communication
Video/podcast
Student Digital Product
http://67crs.blogspot.com/ used for reflection of ongoing inquiry moving from Teacher ownership to student
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TeacherLibrarian - Kim Johnson
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard Me
Corkboard for projects
Project Title
Me To We
School / Teacher Name
Lakeridge-Kelly Lacey/ Roland Michener-Leah Dayday
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
Language Arts
Driving Question
How am I making a difference?
Scenario Task
PSA/Global Justice conference
TYPE of Communication
persuasion
MODE of Communication
PSA-digital story: Conference - some accompanying visual presentation
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Sandra Cochlan
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):

Project Summary:

Corkboard
Corkboard for Questions
Project Title
Instructional Math Videos
School / Teacher Name
Alvin Buckwold/ Jenn Robertson
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
Mathematics (CIT incorporation)
Driving Question
How can I communicate my mathematical understandings?
CIT Questions- Students will demonstrate understanding of mathematics.
How can I inform others? What format would be appropriate for my audience?
Scenario Task
Communicating Mathematical Understanding-Students will create a collection of an instructional Math videos to help benefits from their understanding-an interplay
of their reflection,
sharing of their learning from different persepectives, representations(concrete,pictorial,physical,verbal) and their real-world connection.
Math concepts chosen by students from grade 7 & 8 Math Curriculum.
  • Students will show the video to the class along with a mini-lesson, where they will facilitate an activity for the class based on their Math concept.
  • Students will self-evaluate their video/assessment based on how their classmates completed the activity.
  • Students will conference with teacher(s) and video journal throughout the process.
TYPE of Communication
How to Directions (and Beyond)
Students as Teachers
MODE of Communication
Video Journaling, Corkboard.me to communicate thinking, student created videos
Student Digital Product

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Teacher Librarian Name - Erika Bakker
Corkboard Questions
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Misbah School - Student Performance Tasks - SCIENCE.docx


Project Summary:
Project Title
Organisms effect on ecosystems
School / Teacher Name
Cassandra Shangraw, Misbah
Grade Level
7
Content Area
Science
Driving Question
Why is the ecosystem a delicate balance?
Sub Questions:
  • How do organisms impact their ecosystem?
  • How are the organisms and the ecosystem interdependent?
  • If imbalance occurs, how is balance/homeostasis restored
Scenario Task
You are an expert (scientist, dr, environmentalist) research a new organism that has been unleash into the Sask. ecosystem.
TYPE of Communication
Student will decide
MODE of Communication
Student will decide
Student Digital Product
Agribition_General_Assembly_2011.ppt
Other Supporting Documents
Mousecat Brainstorming Example.pdf
Inquiry Project - Student handout.docx
Science Inquiry Project Rubric.docx


Teacher Librarian Name - Jaelynne Cherwoniak
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard for Questions:Corkboard
Corkboard for Project Ideas:
Project Title
Government
School / Teacher Name
Sutherland/Wayne Gering
Grade Level
8
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
How do diverse perspectives shape our identity and citizenship for an effective government?
Scenario Task
Assume a perspective(unemployed, FNIM, single parent, etc) and then create a public service announcement proposing a structure or change
to government that would better suit the need of that individual.
TYPE of Communication
analyze and persuade
MODE of Communication
Inspiration and Voicethread
Student Digital Product
voicethread
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Teacher Librarian Name - Karen Routley
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF): HEATKrogstad DESIGNING+student+task+2010.doc
Project Summary: Students will determine criteria for effective Book Trailers and create some.
Corkboard question
Corkboard Project Ideas:
Project Title
Building Credibility
School / Teacher Name
River Heights/Gerry Krogstad
Grade Level
8
Content Area
Language Arts
Driving Question
How can my students use effective communiciation to persuade others?
Scenario Task
Create Book Trailer - use persuasive pictures, words, music to highlight major themes, plot, etc.
TYPE of Communication
Persuasive
MODE of Communication
multi-media- start with Photostory, later choose from Photostory, Moviemaker, Animoto, etc.
Student Digital Product

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Teacher-Librarian - Denise Rossmo-Wiegers
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF):
Project Summary:
Corkboard
Corkboard for Project Ideas:

Project Title
Grade 8 Culture Unit
School / Teacher Name
Wildwood/ Jim Best
Grade Level
8
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
How does diversity in culture shape society?
Scenario Task
After researching the culture of a country whose people are immigrating to Canada, the students will use.Photo story or a similar
presentation software and present a virtual tour of that country’s cultures based on the cultural patterns researched.
The tour will culminate with information showing how this culture has already had an affect our Canadian culture due to immigration from that country.
Primary focus will be from a Saskatchewan angle yet may be reflected nationally.
TYPE of Communication
Describe / Conclude
MODE of Communication
Presentation Software (Photo story / Powerpoint)
Student Digital Product


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