Exhibition Overview

Exploring the Unknown

Essential Questions:

What is history? Why do we explore? What is the impact of exploration?

Project Description:

Sixth grade students will become explorers, cartographers, designers and artists of an ecosystem. They will also become researchers and authors of history. Students will work in teams to research an ecosystem and design a new community around the needs of that ecosystem. Each team will produce a three dimensional model of their community. They will justify their design choices through an oral presentation. Each student will create a painting of a bird that can be found in their ecosystem. Each student will compose an Explorer’s Journal to record the journey of exploring and designing their new community. Students will showcase an online research project about 14th and 15th century explorers.

6th Grade Students Will Learn:

  • how to work cooperatively in a group
  • how to plan, organize and showcase research
  • how to conduct research using reference materials (online and print)
  • how to write responses to prompts and support answers with research and what has been learned in class
  • how to interpret and synthesize data and information
  • how to create a detailed and realistic painting of a bird in its habitat

Required Components Include:

  • Writing responses to prompts and creating an Explorers Journal
  • Researching a 14th or 15th century explorer
  • Creating three-dimensional models and maps
  • Planning and presenting an oral presentation
  • Researching an ecosystem
  • Creating a tri-fold presentation about ecosystem 
  • Collecting, displaying and explaining data
  • Painting a bird and its habitat

Standards, Strands, Skills: 

  • Informational reading
  • Informative writing
  • Research to build and present knowledge
  • History 
  • Geometry 
  • Number systems
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Life science
  • Earth science
  • Art processes and techniques
  • Shapes and forms
  • Space and composition
  • Direct observation

Major Assessments:
  • Oral Presentation
  • Online Research project
  • Informative paragraphs
  • Visual Presentation
  • Documentation of Research