8th Grade Exhibition Term I

Math and Science in Society

Part I:    Ramps for the Handicapped
Essential Questions:
How does Math help us improve our community? How can we use Math to quantify, compare, and evaluate relationships in our world? How can we use Math to understand changing relationships?

Project Description:

Students will learn the language of mathematics and science. They read, write and speak mathematically and scientifically about numerous topics involving life applications.
Students will use their knowledge on slope to calculate slope of existing access ramps, or they will chose a site and propose a ramp.  They will create an accurate scale plan of this real or proposed ramp, and they will use evidence to determine if the ramps meet the Massachusetts Building Code and are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students will write a letter to a building owner or public official summarizing their findings. Students in Geometry will explore Adaptive Technology, using their Math skills to evaluate the structure of the device and create a scale plan as well. 
Students will 
choose music that will accompany a
powerpoint presentation about disabilities. They will write a paper describing the music.
The several levels of Math in the 8th Grade, Regular, Accelerated, and Geometry will pursue increasingly sophisticated and detailed projects consistent with their level of competence.


Part II     The 20th Century- Leadership and Legacy in History 


Essential Questions

1.    What disparities existed as a result of big business, immigration and segregation?

2.    What is leadership? What is legacy? 

3.    Who were the most influential people of the 20th century and what is their legacy?  
4.    How does historical fiction address both reality and fiction. 

From its start, the 20th century was, above anything else, a time of rapid change and development. Railroads crossed the country, and people expanded westward.The assembly line replaced farming as the number one employer, and cities grew at accelerated rates.
Then, when the disparities between rich and poor got to be too much, and the corruption in government could not be tolerated anymore, a wave of new changes swept through the country. Behind all these changes were individuals who saw opportunity, conjured up courage and took action. Inspired by Massachusetts History Day, and the theme of “Leadership in Legacy in History,” students will celebrate the people who, as they say when alluding to the popular Frost poem, “Took the road less traveled” and have “Made all the difference” throughout the 20th century.

For Exhibition One, students will:
- Choose an influential leader from the 20th century who has changed the world for the better.
- Conduct extensive research of his/her legacy through the use of primary and secondary sources.
- Write a piece of historical fiction about the person they research or an event that person was a part of. Although parts of the story will be based on history, some events and characters will be fictional.
- Create an additional project of either a research paper, website, documentary or exhibit of the person (This part of the project will be 100% in conjunction with MA History Day and will be entered in the MA History Day competition.)

About Massachusetts History Day:
Each year, thousands of students throughout Massachusetts submit entries to MA History Day. Students, with the guidance of their teachers, choose topics that fall under the theme for the year, which is “Leadership and Legacy” this year. They conduct comprehensive research using primary and secondary sources, and through the analysis of historical documents, they then use the information they find to create either a website, documentary, exhibit, performance or essay. Projects are entered into a contest at the local, state, and potentially national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.