The project is called an "expedition". It is a three-week study of forestry.
Here is an outline of the project:
Using Inspiration software and a
SmartBoard, I find out what students know about the environment and economical
issues surrounding forest resources. Students individually choose a topic to
research more in depth. Students use resources such as encyclopedias, books, and
the Internet. Students create a PowerPoint® to share their information with
others in the class. Math investigations focus on how trees are given a
basic monetary value, how trees are measured using trigonometry and geometry
formulas, and the pattern of change in our environment due to the greenhouse
effect. Students do some trial fieldwork on campus to measure tall things
such as buildings, poles, and trees. Students read an article printed from a
Web site to learn about board feet and scaling a log. They draw diagrams of
board feet and cords. They create their own diameter strips and write a formula
for finding the volume of a tree. Students go to a local botanical garden to
measure trees, calculate volume and board feet, and place values on the trees.
Students design display boards demonstrating the various topics studied.
Presentation to the science class including PowerPoints® and display boards
to teach them about the forest and its resources.
NM-GEO.9-12.1: Analyze and Develop NM-GEO.9-12.4: Visualize, Reason, and
Model NM-MEA.9-12.1: Understand Measurable Attributes NM-MEA.9-12.2:
Apply Techniques NM-DATA.9-12.3: Develop and Evaluate
The rubric helped students critique their work. It was not used in their
original presentation, but after presenting to the class (see 3) they used the
rubric to evaluate one another. After the initial evaluation, students made
revisions to improve their presentation before presenting again (see 9). I have
done this project before, but created my own rubric. I enjoyed using the
RubiStar, because it helped students focus on small parts of the presentation
instead of just an overall impression. It also aided students in revising their