3-D Topographic Maps and Inquiry at MELS

SPOTLIGHT On EXCELLENCE    Issue 24     March 2013

3-D Topographic Maps and Inquiry at MELS

 
 
Students in sixth grade at McDonough Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) participated in an interdisciplinary science project during the month of January.  Students worked in small “expert” groups and researched various landforms from across the globe, from Mount Everest to the Java Trench.  In their science class, students studied the intrinsic and extrinsic forces that create and affect landforms.  While in math class, students solidified their skills with scaling down larger objects and using alternative forms of measurement.  In social studies, students researched the cultural and religious trends in regions the landforms were located.  
 
 
Student “expert” groups were assigned various landforms in the form of letters written by students living near the particular landform, and, using this foundational information embarked on an inquiry-based learning opportunity. After concluding their research, student groups designed and created a scaled 3-D Topographic Map of their given landform along with a Travel Agency Rack Card showcasing the reasons why the landform was worth visiting.  The interdisciplinary nature of the project was rewarding for both the students and the teachers! 
 
 
For more details about the project, please email Michael C. Carbone at carbm001@hartfordschools.org.

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