Grade Eight Project Collection

Teacher Librarian - Diane Barsi
Attach Planning Template :
Project Title
What's Your Passion?
School / Teacher Name
Holliston, Phil Adams
Grade Level
8
Subject Area
Social Studies/Language Arts
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
How can I influence government or other authority to be responsive to my concerns, wants, and needs?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)

Other Supporting Documents
What's Your Passion padlet
Culminating Project
Using a digital presentation of choice students will persuade gov't or other authority of need for change or for maintaining status quo.
Alan's Project Jonas's Project
Link to Teacher or Classroom Blog
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Teacher Librarian -Shawn Johnson
Attach Planning Template :
Project Title
Water/Soil Inquiry
School / Teacher Name
Alvin Buckwold/Kendra Toor
Grade Level
7/8
Subject Area
Science
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
Is protecting our natural resources important?
What are the societal and environmental impacts of historical and current catastrophic geological events?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)

Teacher Librarian - Tanya Beattie
Attach Planning Template : We used GoogleDoc for planning. See description here -
http://reflectingandsharing.blogspot.ca/2014/04/inquiry-project-spring-2014.html
Project Title
Holocaust Inquiry (Social, Cultural, Historical Contexts - JUSTICE/ HEROES)
School / Teacher Name
Gillian McPhail (BVP) & Michelle Gossen (NPW)
Grade Level
8
Subject Area
ELA
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
What are our responsibilities to others?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)
ChecklistsSelf-Assessments
Peer-Assessments
Final Project rubric
Observations
Documentation of participation
Measure student understanding from oral answers and written responses
Other Supporting Documents
see blog for details
Culminating Project
see blog for details
Link to Reflecting and Sharing Blog
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Reflecting and Sharing

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Teacher Librarian - Sheena Hushagen
Attach Planning Template :
Project Title
Social Responsibility - Personal Choice or Societal Obligation?
School / Teacher Name
Ecole Victoria
Grade Level
7 and 8
Subject Area
English Language Arts
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
How do I lead so others will follow?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)
rubric, surveys, ancedotal records, co-constructed criteria,
Other Supporting Documents

Culminating Project
Public Service Announcements
Link to Teacher or Classroom Blog
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Link to Teacher-Librarian's Blog
notjustalibrarian.blogspot.com (teacher blog) mmemayo.blogspot.ca
Teacher Librarian - Charles Paul Bazin Webster
Attach Planning Template :
Project Title
Literacy Inquiry
School / Teacher Name
École Lakeview / Erica Baldo
Grade Level
8 French Immersion
Subject Area
French Language Arts
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
What makes a good story?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)

Other Supporting Documents
Student writing sample:

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Student conferences with teacher (in the internet achive):

http://archive.org/download/StudentConference/SR045R.wav

http://archive.org/download/StudentConference_800/SR042F.wav
Culminating Project
Creating their own original multiple paragraph piece of writing and representing a section of the work using whichever visual tool they prefer to enhance their story.
Link to Teacher or classroom Blog
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Link to TL's Blog
http://cpbwsk.edublogs.org/
Teacher Librarian - Lisa Proctor
Attach Planning Template :
Project Title
Exploring Personal Limits
School / Teacher Name
John Lake/Mitch Lowe
Grade Level
grade 7 and Grade 8
Subject Area
Health
Essential Questions (for each grade)
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
How well do you know yourself and your personal limits? (Grade 7)
Kid speak -Do you know your limits? àWhere is your stupid line?
How does knowing yourself and your personal limits help you influence and support others? (Grade 8 )
STUDENT CREATED QUESTIONS AS WELL: Using:
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)

Other Supporting Documents

Culminating Project
Creation of a PSA that could be shared with Sask Health
Link to Teacher or classroom Blog
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Teacher Librarian -Sheena Hushagen
Attach Planning Template : www.shushagain.wikispaces.com
Project Title
Social Action
School / Teacher Name
Mayfair Community School-Rochelle Chambers
Grade Level
Grade 7/8
Subject Area
Language Arts
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
What are you willing to do to stand up for what you believe in?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)

Other Supporting Documents

Culminating Project

Link to Teacher or classroom Blog
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Link to TL's Blog
www.notjustalibrarian.blogspot.com
Teacher Librarian - Jaime Schroeder
Attach Planning Template :
Project Title
Is it Fair? In Search of Social Justice
School / Teacher Name
Shauna Klassen - Buena Vista
Grade Level
Gr. 8
Subject Area
Language Arts / Social
Essential Question
(Drives instruction for the whole unit)
How can individuals promote awareness of Social Justice Issues?
Assessment Tools: (i.e Rubric)

Other Supporting Documents

Culminating Project
Social Justice Fair
Link to Teacher or classroom Blog
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Link to TL's Blog
http://kidblog.org/MrsKlassensClass-2/

Teacher-Librarian: Jaelynne Cherwoniak
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
xxxxxxxx
School / Teacher Name
Sutherland School/Wayne Gering
Grade Level
8
Content Area
Career Ed/Social Studies
Driving Question
Is our government meeting the current needs of people?
Scenario Task
PSA
TYPE of Communication
persuasion
MODE of CommunicationSA
PSA
Student Digital Product
Movie Maker, Jamendo. Jam Studio, Audacity

Other Supporting Documents

TeacherLibrarian - Kim Johnson
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc/PDF): external image msword.png DESIGNING Nov 3.doc
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

Other Supporting Documents

Teacher-Librarian: Denise Rossmo-Wiegers
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary: Book Trailers
Project Title
Spread the Word
School / Teacher Name
Wildwood / Jim Best
Grade Level
Grade 8
Content Area
Language Arts
Driving Question
What aspects and qualitites of a book trailer will attract other students to read it?
Scenario Task
Create a book trailer about a book which you would like others to read.
TYPE of Communication
persuasive, informative
MODE of Communication
Photostory Animoto
Student Digital Product
Book Trailer
Teacher-Librarian: Sandra Cochlan
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
Global Issues
School / Teacher Name
Alvin Buckwold/ Jenn Robertson
Grade Level
Grade 7 & 8
Content Area
Social Studies
Driving Question
Driving Question: If Canada could focus on one Global Issue to support, which one would they choose?
Supporting Questions: How did the issue come about in this Country? What needs to be done to overcome the issue? If Canada were to help, how would this impact the world for present and future generations?
Scenario Task
Create a digital presentation to convince Canada to focus on your global issue.
TYPE of Communication
Digital Presentation
MODE of Communication
Student Choice of Presentation Software (Sliderocket, Prezi, etc.)
Teacher-Librarian: Tamzen Kulyk
Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
Service Learning
School / Teacher Name
Greystone Heights/ Michelle Pantel
Grade Level
Grade 8
Content Area
Social Studies, ELA, Career Ed, Arts Education
Driving Question
Driving Question:How can I make a difference in the world?
Essential Questions: 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
How can I make a difference in the world?
TYPE of Communication
Student choice: Personal Expression, Docudrama, documentary, advertisement, short story, narrative.
MODE of Communication
Student Choice: Education, Activism, Reflection. Some examples (but not limited to) TedTalk, public service annoucement, documentary
Student Digital
Product
Help the People
http://youtu.be/iq3XLv1bJyY

Bullycide
http://youtu.be/Q3sIHFk3rT8

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


Other Supporting Documents



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

Other Supporting Documents

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
Other Supporting Documents

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

Other Supporting Documents



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

Other Supporting Documents

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

Other Supporting Documents

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

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: 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

Technology Support Person - Charles Paul Bazin Webster
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):external image pdf.png Designing Student Performance Tasks Template Lakeview 2011-2012.pdf
Project Summary:
Project Title
Power Struggles
School / Teacher Name
Lakeview - Jason Brunett
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
ELA and Writing
Driving Question
How do amazing authors and exemplary texts motivate us to read and improve our writing?
Scenario Task
The production of written texts on personal blogs that extend the read-aloud.
TYPE of Communication
Personal expression, short writing pieces, analyze/conclude and the list goes on
MODE of Communication
Blog posts
Student Digital Product
http://143kristy.edublogs.org/
http://einstein21.edublogs.org/
http://karleedieno.edublogs.org/
http://devonbblog.edublogs.org/
http://ethan404876.edublogs.org/
http://shazeena45.edublogs.org/

These are a few of the first blog post samples as drafts.
Other Supporting Documents


Technology Support Person - L. Proctor
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary: Write a poem and then create a rhythm on garage band to use as a background to narrate your poem
Project Title
Poetry to a Beat
School / Teacher Name
John Lake/ Mitch Lowe
Grade Level
Grade 7/8
Content Area

Driving Question

Scenario Task

TYPE of Communication

MODE of Communication

Student Digital Product
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jldUl4gGWto&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPiwOzofxtE&feature=player_embedded
Other Supporting Documents

Technology Support Person - Tyler Rittinger
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
Immigration Projects
School / Teacher Name
Montgomery/Tyler Rittinger
Grade Level
8
Content Area
S.S.
Driving Question
Reasons for immigrating to Canada
Scenario Task
Research and create examples of historical fiction using a student-created immigration story
TYPE of Communication

MODE of Communication
Optional (Travel Journal, Timeline, Short Story, etc.)
Student Digital Product
http://prezi.com/dyaiq8u25zx4/immigration-timeline/
http://prezi.com/hgtv_ztarqjz/social-thinger/
Technology Support Person - Brian Gurney
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
Where Challenge
School / Teacher Name
Montgomery / Brian Gurney
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
Science
Driving Question
What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from?
Scenario Task
Demonstrate how non-renewable Earth resources are essential to our everyday lives.
TYPE of Communication
Persuassive
MODE of Communication
Choice
Student Digital Product
Paint- Where ChallengeEnglish Saddles - Where ChallengeButtons: What’s in a Cell Phone? (Click on Entry)
Other Supporting Documents
Where Challenge Site
Technology Support Person - Charles Paul Bazin Webster
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
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School / Teacher Name
Lakeview - Jason Brunett
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
ELA and Expository Writing
Driving Question
How do amazing authors and exemplary texts motivate us to read and improve our writing?
Scenario Task
The production of a book review for the purpose of school wide consumption in the LRC using weekend QR codes and podcasting.
TYPE of Communication
Personal expression, short story, analyze/conclude
MODE of Communication
Podcast Book Review
Student Digital Product

Other Supporting Documents




Technology Support Person - Lisa Proctor
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Groups will create a PSA around body image that shares the research they found and possible answers to their inquiry questions
Project Title
Body Image Public Service Announcements
School / Teacher Name
John Lake/Mitch Lowe
Grade Level
Grade 7/8
Content Area
Health/LA
Driving Question
Groups created their own inquiry questions around the topic after discussion around good inquiry question creation
Scenario Task
Assess how body image satisfaction/dissatisfaction and over-reliance on appearance as a source of identity and self-esteem affects the quality of life of self and family.
TYPE of Communication
Personal Expression/Narrative
MODE of Communication
Pulbic Service Announcement
Student Digital Product
Commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6z-vroCWOo
Other Supporting Documents




Technology Support Person - Brian Gurney
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
Cell Phone PSA
School / Teacher Name
Montgomery School/Brian Gurney
Grade Level
7/8
Content Area
Science
Driving Question
What is important when persuading a target audience
Scenario Task
We now know the health concerns associated with cell phone use. Persuade the public of your stand on the issue.
TYPE of Communication
Public Service Announcement
MODE of Communication
Video (photo story, movie maker, anamoto etc)
Student Digital Product

Other Supporting Documents
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Technology Support Person - Kristen Smith
Designing Student-Performance Tasks Template (Doc):
Project Summary:
Project Title
Product Advertisment.
School / Teacher Name
Fairhaven/Chris Catton
Grade Level
Grade 7/8
Content Area
language arts/science
Driving Question
How can we communicate to pursuade others?
Scenario Task
You have created a Hovercraft and now you must create a commercial for your product.
TYPE of Communication
Persuasive Advertisement
MODE of Communication
student choice
Student Digital Product