Adaptation

        This past summer I found myself exploring many different avenues as to how I would be teaching world geography for my World Studies class. I read a great article from Education Week Teacher titled Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson. As a S.T.E.M. and project-based educator at my school, iTech Prep, I am always looking for ways to bring a new lens onto the topics I teach.  After reading the article and exploring the links I came across another article, Top 10 Places Already Affected by Climate Change and then the PBS video, Paradise Lost.  This fit in perfectly with the first characteristic from the article and with what I learned at my BIE training over the summer, which to focus on a real world issue/problem.  Out of these inspirations came Adaptation.  

         The project gives students us a chance to learn how people have migrated and immigrated around the world, the geography of the world, what climate change is, and what places will be affected.  Then they explain how those places will be affected, and come up with a solution that they will promote by creating an advertising campaign for their solution.  It is tied directly to Common Core Standards, and allows the students to be historians, cartographers, scientists, and advertising specialists, while building 21st Century digital skills.  

         With the impact of climate change at the forefront of the news these days, I felt this topic was the perfect way to integrate social studies with S.T.E.M. and a little bit of art.  For an encompassing S.T.E.A.M. project.  Here are the materials for the project, and the requirements.




Adaptation - Green Sheet




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