In Ms. Jeanette’s workshop, through a variety of integrated math and science lenses, learners are exploring the idea of where they come from. These lenses include DNA and heredity, chemical bonding and the origin of the universe, the advancement of simple machinery, and architecture through the ages.
Driving Question: How can I connect to where I came from and create personal connections using my family history?
Our first project this semester is the Ancestry Project. Throughout this project cycle, learners will be making direct connections between themselves and the history around them by tracking their family’s history through time and space. They will be learning more about their family backgrounds and ancestry so that they might better relate to the wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities, and experiences that are represented in literature and informational texts.
Learners are working toward mastering the competencies of social history through interviews and informative text application by creating a digital family tree, conducting in-depth interviews with two generations of family members, and researching primary-source documents using online databases. Once the clues about their families’ roots are unveiled, learners will connect a family’s member’s life to events in history and describe how those events relate to that family member’s existence.
Learners are creating personalized projects that merge their passions and a relevant issue that the world is currently facing. Here are some of the learners’ individual driving questions: