Inquiry

Inquiry Projects in Grade 8

Class Wiki

Subject: ELA
Class Periods: 5
Final Student Media: Research-based Wiki


Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Gather information from a variety of sources and cite sources
  • Synthesize research data and create a wiki entry with images and text
  • Create and follow a research plan
  • Create online presentations

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Plate Tectonics

Subject: Science
Class Periods: 4
Final Student Media: Animated GIFs


Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the two types of tectonic plates and understand Tectonic Plate Theory
  • Identify the relationship between plate tectonics and geologic processes
  • Use a digital camera and upload images
  • Follow online directions to create an animated GIF

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Mandala

Subject: Math
Class Periods: 4
Final Student Media: Digital Mandala


Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Apply geometry skills—including transformational geometry
  • Design a mandala using geometry
  • Conduct Internet research and evaluate the credibility of web sites
  • Use a document scanner to scan images into a computer and upload images to the web

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Persuasive Essay and the Writing Process

Subject: ELA
Class Periods: 5
Final Student Media: Online Word Cloud


Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify, follow, and implement the writing process
  • Use technology to illustrate ideas
  • Write a persuasive essay
  • Use a web browser safely to access online resources such as a dictionary and thesaurus

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Building a Balanced Budget

Subject: Math
Class Periods: 4
Final Student Media: Digital Spreadsheet


Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Plan, create, and revise a budget
  • Define and provide examples of income and fixed, variable, and periodic expenses
  • Create a budget using spreadsheet software
  • Use spreadsheet software to format data, use functions, and use cell styles

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The Trail of Tears

Subject: Social Studies
Class Periods: 5
Final Student Media: Online Discussion


Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears
  • Engage in a historical dialogue using online discussion board
  • Conduct Internet research and evaluate the credibility of web sites
  • Know how to post to a discussion board and use discussion netiquette

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