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Testimonials from 2015 Expo Attendees

What aspects of the EXPO did you like best, and why?

“Presentations were well-organized and focused on students’ needs; and successful strategies/activities used to implement goals/objectives.”

“Love, love, love, going to the workshops and seeing all the ideas of the teachers presenting. The time spent talking to other educators brainstorming ideas and discussions about where to take the project I want to adapt.”

“I really liked the ability to see 4 workshops in one day. Each time slot was the perfect amount of time. I loved learning about the PLEASE program. Everything was planned and organized very well. I also appreciate all the healthy food options and thirty-one bags.”

“The variety of different ways to enhance children’s learning through cross curricular modes, hands on learning through outdoor activities and school gardening. These are all standards based, highly effective means of teaching.”

“Sharing of best practices with other educators. Gathering ideas that can be brought back to the classroom and implemented immediately.”

 

A PEACE of History

(2014-2015) A, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Debra Brand

Sawgrass Springs Middle

This project was designed to compel students to become aware of the details of one of the most turbulent times in American history – the ’60’s. This comprehensive unit uses multimedia resources and informational texts. Students are challenged to create a variety of written responses about fashion, music, Vietnam, automobiles art and fads.

 

Behind the Mask

(2014-2015) A, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Sandy Melillo

Pompano Beach High

A mask has historically been a symbol to both represent and disguise a particular culture, individual, or even a corpse. We associate them with tribal and social celebrations or representations of those who have passed on. Student will create their own masks to represent their external and public persona, but on the back they will enclose a poem on the back that reveals what lies underneath.

 

Bullies Be Gone

(2012-2013) CE, D, LA, LS, 4-12

Disseminator: M.Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle School

Students write narratives, poetry and dialogue about their experiences with bullying. Through observation and reflection, their work becomes a readers’ theater production to share with their peers on how to make their school a safe haven. The project is designed so it can be produced as a play or made into a video edited in I-Movie.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

Creative Canjos

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, K-6

Disseminators: Pamela Barreca & Vanessa Million

Hollywood Hills Elementary

Creative Canjos is an interdisciplinary unit that teaches American History through Folk Art and Folk Music. The students began the project in Art class. They were introduced to American Folk Art through a teacher made iMovie. The iMovie was composed of slides of different types of American Folk Art that included quilts, weathervanes, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. The students then each created a sketch in the style of American Folk Art. These designs were painted onto the can of the canjo.

 

Generating FUN with Alternative Energy

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, 3-6

Debra Kelly Thomas

Colbert Elementary School

Students took what they had learned and created a matching game (simple circuit board) for others to test their knowledge about energy. The matching game illuminates a light bulb, when the correct matching pairs are selected.

 

H.I.T.S. (HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & SCIENCE)

(2014-2015) A, LA, S, SS, T, 6-12

Disseminators: Suzanne Murphy & Diane Spencer

Northeast High, Blanche Ely High

The students will select one of the inventions and use the Internet to research the following details about the inventor of the product: Inventor’s name, date of birth, place of birth, education, date of the invention, etc. This information will be used to write a Bio-cube and Biography about the inventor. Next, the students come up with an idea for a new product, create a model of your invention, provide reasons why it might be useful and give your invention a “catchy” name.

 

Multicultural Garden Buddies/ Gardening Around the World

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, S, T, K-12

Disseminators: Tara Dukanauskas & Lynn Walsh

North Andrews Gardens, Maplewood

The school garden will act as a springboard for reading and writing. Books will be read and research will be done that connects reading and writing with different types of gardens (plants/fruit, vegetables and herbs) from around the world. Students will work with a buddy classroom to complete the project. Students will create projects such as Powerpoints and booklets to display what they learned.

 

News is Knowledge!

(2012-2013) A, H, LA, M, S, SS,

Disseminators: Heather Heffernan & Kimberly Johnson

Oakridge Elementary

The project provides teachers with ideas to create literacy centers for use in their own classrooms using student-friendly newspapers from various curricular areas. We will provide plans that can be used to adapt the materials each week. The informational text provided by each newspaper will allow for the study of current events in a variety of areas. In science, the students will participate in hands-on experiences to reinforce the weekly topic. In social studies, the students will learn about current events in the news, as well as both Florida and United States history. In math, the students will use manipulatives to explore multi-step and higher-level problems.

 

Padded Frogs for Ranidaphiles (People who love frogs)

(2012-2013) A, LA, M, S, T, 2-12

Disseminators: Angela Adams & Carlotta Rody

Cross Creek School

Students assume a part as a gaming developer and are tasked with designing new frogs for a future update release of the popular game, Pocket Frogs by Nimblebit, LLC. They have to learn the game: manage its math components of coins, experience points, stamps and potions, earn and design specific habitats for the frogs, breed or purchase new frogs and manage them to produce additional frog species (feeding them in the pond), and increase experience points to move to the next level and unlock additional, more expensive frogs.

 

Paint Me A Story…Literacy and Arts

(2014-2015) LA, SS, T, VA, PreK-4

Disseminator: Pamela Davis

Deerfield Park Elementary

Vincent Van Gogh refers to “happiness” as: It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Children need to be happy, achieve, and be filled full of opportunities for creative efforts! The focus of this project is to develop students’ minds encouraging them to read both the pictures and words to fully engage them in print. This project encourages children to utilize technology, multicultural books and the visual arts, as they develop an understanding of the author’s and illustrator’s message.

 

Peace Love Recyclye Create Relate

(2012-2013) A, CE, LA, LS, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: Debi London

James S. Hunt Elementary

Students will learn the importance of acts of kindness. They will create a pot painted with acrylic paints, and or paint pens. They will place beautiful decorated tissue flowers in the pot. The music club will present a holiday performance at the Elderly Retirement Community. The flower pots will be given as a gift at the community. Students will write poems, cards and mini books prior to the visit. These writings will also be presented with the flower pots. Students will feel the intrinsic reward of giving.

 

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into

 

Songs, Soliloquies and Sugar Coating

(2014-2015) D, LA, Music, 4-12

Disseminator: M. Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle

Students move beyond the iambic pentameter and verse of Shakespeare to connect with the characters and their motivations. Students write as characters in plays and novels, explaining the texts and filling in the gaps in the plot. Whether asking the question “To be or not be” a dancer, an engineer or a girl scout; students find the parallels of their own lives in Bard’s lines. Writing Ophelia’s journal or Hamlet’s therapy sessions, students learn to move beyond the text and find the character’s inner life and the author’s purpose.

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

Bullies Be Gone

(2012-2013) CE, D, LA, LS, 4-12

Disseminator: M.Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle School

Students write narratives, poetry and dialogue about their experiences with bullying. Through observation and reflection, their work becomes a readers’ theater production to share with their peers on how to make their school a safe haven. The project is designed so it can be produced as a play or made into a video edited in I-Movie.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

Let’s Do Lunch!

(2012-2013) CE, LA, M, SS 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

The purpose of this project is to teach students the life skills they need when dining in public. The project begins with a discussion of eating out and the students are polled as to how often, if ever, they eat in a restaurant with their family. Students next brainstorm the reasons why people eat out, and the types of restaurants that are available. The vocabulary associated with menus is introduced and students examine actual menus from different restaurants. Novels or picture books that relate to dining out are utilized. A mock restaurant is one activity that the students most enjoy. Cooperative groups are formed and each group makes a “reservation” for the next class period. When students arrive to the class the following day, they wait until their table is called and are then seated. Each group is given menus from the same restaurant and they proceed to complete an order form, with each student ordering an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. The group works together to total their bill and compute their tax and gratuity.

 

Peace Love Recycle Create Relate

(2012-2013) A, CE, LA, LS, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: Debi London

James S. Hunt Elementary

Students will learn the importance of acts of kindness. They will create a pot painted with acrylic paints, and or paint pens. They will place beautiful decorated tissue flowers in the pot. The music club will present a holiday performance at the Elderly Retirement Community. The flower pots will be given as a gift at the community. Students will write poems, cards and mini books prior to the visit. These writings will also be presented with the flower pots. Students will feel the intrinsic reward of giving.

A.L.O.H.A. (Active Learning Orchestrates Higher Achievement)

(2014-2015) LA, LS, SS, 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

Periodically an “A.L.O.H.A. Day” is placed on my classroom calendar. Each A.L.O.H.A. Day involves a creative lesson plan or assignment, and allows students some sort of physical movement in the classroom. A.L.O.H.A. Days include Seat Scramble, Beach Ball Literature, Story Creation Through Rotation, Outdoor Physical Training, Parts of Speech Bowling, and Test Performance Incentives. Students have begun enjoying my classroom more and are excited on A.L.O.H.A. Days.

 

CHESS FOR LIFE!

(2014-2015) LS, M, 4-12

Disseminator: Elpidio (Pete) Muniz

Indian Ridge Middle School

The goal here is to introduce Chess to a young audience in the hopes that the foundations they are establishing will carry them throughout their lives. This is the ultimate game where you as the player are responsible for everything that takes place. You cannot blame a teammate for dropping the ball or missing a shot at the buzzer. You are the only one responsible for your wins or your losses. The choices you make on this 64 square arena belong to you the player. Each person has to own the consequences of these choices.

Multicultural Garden Buddies/ Gardening Around the World

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, S, T, K-12

Disseminators: Tara Dukanauskas & Lynn Walsh

North Andrews Gardens, Maplewood

The school garden will act as a springboard for reading and writing. Books will be read and research will be done that connects reading and writing with different types of gardens (plants/fruit, vegetables and herbs) from around the world. Students will work with a buddy classroom to complete the project. Students will create projects such as Powerpoints and booklets to display what they learned..

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into museum exhibits bringing life to classroom teaching and student learning.

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

A PEACE of History

(2014-2015) A, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Debra Brand

Sawgrass Springs Middle

This project was designed to compel students to become aware of the details of one of the most turbulent times in American history – the ’60’s. This comprehensive unit uses multimedia resources and informational texts. Students are challenged to create a variety of written responses about fashion, music, Vietnam, automobiles art and fads.

 

A.L.O.H.A. (Active Learning Orchestrates Higher Achievement)

(2014-2015) LA, LS, SS, 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

Periodically an “A.L.O.H.A. Day” is placed on my classroom calendar. Each A.L.O.H.A. Day involves a creative lesson plan or assignment, and allows students some sort of physical movement in the classroom. A.L.O.H.A. Days include Seat Scramble, Beach Ball Literature, Story Creation Through Rotation, Outdoor Physical Training, Parts of Speech Bowling, and Test Performance Incentives. Students have begun enjoying my classroom more and are excited on A.L.O.H.A. Days.

 

Budget Technology

(2012-2013) LA, T, 6-12

Disseminator: Sandy Melillo

Pompano Beach High

Students will be divided into pairs and given a $1000 budget (imaginary) to create a project focusing on their area of interest within the school curriculum that will include a culminating audio/visual presentation. They must write an accompanying research paper with a works cited page and two budgets: one including all school resources that they utilized, and another that does not assume the use of ANY school resources: no computers, projectors, printers, whiteboards etc. Students will explore both the basics of writing a research paper and utilizing presentation software to display their research. They will also develop a list of products for budget technology and make it available to educators on a webpage.

 

Bullies Be Gone

(2012-2013) CE, D, LA, LS, 4-12

Disseminator: M.Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle School

Students write narratives, poetry and dialogue about their experiences with bullying. Through observation and reflection, their work becomes a readers’ theater production to share with their peers on how to make their school a safe haven. The project is designed so it can be produced as a play or made into a video edited in I-Movie.

 

CHESS FOR LIFE!

(2014-2015) LS, M, 4-12

Disseminator: Elpidio (Pete) Muniz

Indian Ridge Middle School

The goal here is to introduce Chess to a young audience in the hopes that the foundations they are establishing will carry them throughout their lives. This is the ultimate game where you as the player are responsible for everything that takes place. You cannot blame a teammate for dropping the ball or missing a shot at the buzzer. You are the only one responsible for your wins or your losses. The choices you make on this 64 square arena belong to you the player. Each person has to own the consequences of these choices.

 

Civics Unfolds

(2014-2015) Civics, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Andra Beames

Sawgrass Springs Middle School

Civics Unfolds is a project based instructional strategy that improves student learning and reading skills. Using foldable, students read for details and create mini-projects that help students comprehend challenging primary documents like the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

Cooperative Brain Power

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-6

Disseminator: Andria Ammons

McNab Elementary

The project is Cooperative Brain Power Works Through Team Efforts Using Technology, Informational Text, or Academic Games. It is a cooperative learning strategy where students work in teams to learn how to acquire knowledge in cooperative learning groups. Children learn how to respect each other opinions, beliefs, ideas, and facts about real life learning using web sites or informational text. The students learn real facts about a related topic of different subject areas, work together to develop a special project, or use academic games to explore and practice new knowledge.

 

Digging Deeper into Text Structures

(2014-2015) LA, S, SS, 2-8

Disseminator: Miladys Cepero-Perez

Griffin Elementary

Reader and writer workshops are the perfect platform for students to learn about the different text structures that authors use to deliver information and their purpose to an audience. Students become authors who write their own mini-magazine about a topic of their choice and/or their own fiction book. This project covers the new Florida Standards (LAFS)on reading comprehension, opinion writing, research process, and informative writing. The students create, design, and write each type of text structure with success.

 

Eaglebots

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-8

Disseminator: Rhonda Weimann

Eagle Point Elementary

The students participate in a 20-hour course of Computer Coding combined with Lego Robotics. The course outline is provided on-line from code.org. The Intro to Computer Science is a free course that aims to demystify computer science and show students that it’s fun, collaborative, and creative. The course is designed to motivate students and educators to continue learning computer science to improve real world relationships, connections, and life.

 

H.I.T.S. (HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & SCIENCE)

(2014-2015) A, LA, S, SS, T, 6-12

Disseminators: Suzanne Murphy & Diane Spencer

Northeast High, Blanche Ely High

The students will select one of the inventions and use the Internet to research the following details about the inventor of the product: Inventor’s name, date of birth, place of birth, education, date of the invention, etc. This information will be used to write a Bio-cube and Biography about the inventor. Next, the students come up with an idea for a new product, create a model of your invention, provide reasons why it might be useful and give your invention a “catchy” name.

 

History Across Broward Initiative-Oral History Project

(2014-2015) LA, SS, 9-12

Disseminator: Roberto Fernandez, III

Boyd Anderson High

The History Across Broward Oral History Project is designed to allow students to be directly involved with the documentation of local history. Oral history interviews have been widely recognized by historians as a unique and distinctive technique by which to document the history of a specific individual, family, organization or group, community, time-period, or event. Each new oral history interview is a new primary resource, a rare record of one-of-a kind first-hand historical and anecdotal information, in the storyteller’s own voice. The History Across Broward Oral History Project attempts to obtain detailed information on individuals, why and when they came to Broward County, where they worked, attended church and their recollections of events that occurred in Broward County or documenting the service of military veterans.

 

I Belong, You Belong, We Belong

(2012-2013) LA, LS, SS, K-5

Disseminator: Amy DeCelle

Tropical Elementary

The students begin with sharing their attributes. The students then work on their family diary, which is a home/school connection. Students will then learn about their city and state. Students will draw a map of their community first and then build it using recycled boxes, construction paper, scissors, and a variety of art materials. Each group will present their community at a ribbon cutting ceremony where parents, community members, and administration will be invited.

 

Inspiring Authors

(2014-2015) LA, T, 2-6

Disseminators: Amy DeCelle & Pauline Watson

Tropical Elementary & Oakridge Elementary

This project will inspire students to become authors by allowing them to interview authors and learn what inspired them and the process they went through to get their books published. These interviews can be done via videoconferencing, Skype, and classroom visits. To prepare the visit the class would read a book or books by the author and then prepare interview questions. After the author visit, the students will write their own stories once they have completed the research to gather the information for their story.

 

Interactive Twisted Tales

(2014-2015) LA, PS, T, 4-12

Disseminator: Dona Maggio

Lyons Creek Middle

The purpose of this project is to entice students to build strong literary analysis skills by exploring setting, characters, theme, imagery, point-of-view, visual elements, and different text structures through the retelling and creation of their own fractured fairy tale. In addition, students will increase writing skills, develop public speaking proficiency and expand their ability to use appropriate digital presentation tools.

 

It’s Electric! Circuit Building Using Online Technology

(2012-2013) LA, S, T, 6-12

Disseminator: Danielle Thomas

Pembroke Pines Charter

This module can be used in grades 6 -12 to expose students to electrical engineering. The module begins with an interactive PowerPoint presentation that examines how technology has developed and changed over time. It demonstrates how computers and computer parts have been compressed in volume and integrated over the past 50 years. Students will then use examples of circuit board and integrated circuit to create a Venn diagram. Students will complete an online binary code activity.

 

Let’s Do Lunch!

(2012-2013) CE, LA, M, SS 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

The purpose of this project is to teach students the life skills they need when dining in public. The project begins with a discussion of eating out and the students are polled as to how often, if ever, they eat in a restaurant with their family. Students next brainstorm the reasons why people eat out, and the types of restaurants that are available. The vocabulary associated with menus is introduced and students examine actual menus from different restaurants. Novels or picture books that relate to dining out are utilized. A mock restaurant is one activity that the students most enjoy. Cooperative groups are formed and each group makes a “reservation” for the next class period. When students arrive to the class the following day, they wait until their table is called and are then seated. Each group is given menus from the same restaurant and they proceed to complete an order form, with each student ordering an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. The group works together to total their bill and compute their tax and gratuity.

 

May the Force Be With You

(2014-2015) LA, S, T, 2-8

Disseminator: Sheri Dominguez

Palmview Elementary

Information Literacy Project Based learning, 21st century learners find, create and share knowledge utilizing the FINDS process and digital tools. Students research within a curriculum area, examples include Force & Motion, Predators and Phases of the Moon utilizing print and digital resources. Title could also be “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” They learn the FINDS process, the steps of which parallel Bloom’s and Webb’s levels of cognitive complexity, to find, create and apply, synthesize, share and evaluate their knowledge.

 

Multicultural Garden Buddies/ Gardening Around the World

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, S, T, K-12

Disseminators: Tara Dukanauskas & Lynn Walsh

North Andrews Gardens, Maplewood

The school garden will act as a springboard for reading and writing. Books will be read and research will be done that connects reading and writing with different types of gardens (plants/fruit, vegetables and herbs) from around the world. Students will work with a buddy classroom to complete the project. Students will create projects such as Powerpoints and booklets to display what they learned.

 

News is Knowledge!

(2012-2013) A, H, LA, M, S, SS,

Disseminators: Heather Heffernan & Kimberly Johnson

Oakridge Elementary

The project provides teachers with ideas to create literacy centers for use in their own classrooms using student-friendly newspapers from various curricular areas. We will provide plans that can be used to adapt the materials each week. The informational text provided by each newspaper will allow for the study of current events in a variety of areas. In science, the students will participate in hands-on experiences to reinforce the weekly topic. In social studies, the students will learn about current events in the news, as well as both Florida and United States history. In math, the students will use manipulatives to explore multi-step and higher-level problems.

 

Padded Frogs for Ranidaphiles (People who love frogs)

(2012-2013) A, LA, M, S, T, 2-12

Disseminators: Angela Adams & Carlotta Rody

Cross Creek School

Students assume a part as a gaming developer and are tasked with designing new frogs for a future update release of the popular game, Pocket Frogs by Nimblebit, LLC. They have to learn the game: manage its math components of coins, experience points, stamps and potions, earn and design specific habitats for the frogs, breed or purchase new frogs and manage them to produce additional frog species (feeding them in the pond), and increase experience points to move to the next level and unlock additional, more expensive frogs.

 

Paint Me A Story…Literacy and Arts

(2014-2015) LA, SS, T, VA, PreK-4

Disseminator: Pamela Davis

Deerfield Park Elementary

Vincent Van Gogh refers to “happiness” as: It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Children need to be happy, achieve, and be filled full of opportunities for creative efforts! The focus of this project is to develop students’ minds encouraging them to read both the pictures and words to fully engage them in print. This project encourages children to utilize technology, multicultural books and the visual arts, as they develop an understanding of the author’s and illustrator’s message.

 

Peace Love Recycle Create Relate

(2012-2013) A, CE, LA, LS, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: Debi London

James S. Hunt Elementary

Students will learn the importance of acts of kindness. They will create a pot painted with acrylic paints, and or paint pens. They will place beautiful decorated tissue flowers in the pot. The music club will present a holiday performance at the Elderly Retirement Community. The flower pots will be given as a gift at the community. Students will write poems, cards and mini books prior to the visit. These writings will also be presented with the flower pots. Students will feel the intrinsic reward of giving.

 

Pen Pals around the World

(2012-2013) LA, LS, M, S, SS, T, 2-12

Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students improve skills in all subjects and connect with other students while learning about another country. The students began by researching our country. The students chose which topic they wanted to present in our video. During our writing lesson, the students wrote a report about an imaginary trip to the country. They made an entry for each day of their trip. The pages called for pictures from magazines, the Internet, or drawings. Each student created a book from his or her completed writing journal.

 

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into museum exhibits bringing life to classroom teaching and student learning.

ROM-N GREECE

 

Songs, Soliloquies and Sugar Coating

(2014-2015) D, LA, Music, 4-12

Disseminator: M. Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle

Students move beyond the iambic pentameter and verse of Shakespeare to connect with the characters and their motivations. Students write as characters in plays and novels, explaining the texts and filling in the gaps in the plot. Whether asking the question “To be or not be” a dancer, an engineer or a girl scout; students find the parallels of their own lives in Bard’s lines. Writing Ophelia’s journal or Hamlet’s therapy sessions, students learn to move beyond the text and find the character’s inner life and the author’s purpose.

 

The ABC’s of Florida

(2014-2015) LA, S, SS, T, K-5

Disseminator: Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students use laptops and iPads to research different topics that relate to the State of Florida. Students learn research skills using technology. When they have completed their research project, they learn to write and type in order to create a computer based published work and a hardcover book.

 

The Arts and Crafts of Storytelling

(2012-2013) LA, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Debra Brand

Sawgrass Springs Middle

In the Arts and Crafts of Storytelling, American folk heroes come to life, help students expand their vocabulary and increase knowledge of figurative language. Students identify figurative language like similes, idioms and hyperboles. The project further serves to teach children to write original tall tales after being inspired by stories that are such a rich part of our American cultural heritage. The tall tale characters studied include John Henry, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. As an added bonus original games about the heroes is created and played by classmates.

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

 

Using Idioms Is a Piece of Cake

(2012-2013) LA, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Tara Dukanauskas

North Andrews Gardens Elementary

Teaching about idioms can be great fun. Why are idioms important? Idioms are important so that students can understand what everyone is saying! Idioms are a part of the figurative language. Using the Literal language (as in saying things directly without any creativity) sounds very common, and it seems a bit boring when they are used in story books.

Bullies Be Gone

(2012-2013) CE, D, LA, LS, 4-12

Disseminator: M.Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle School

Students write narratives, poetry and dialogue about their experiences with bullying. Through observation and reflection, their work becomes a readers’ theater production to share with their peers on how to make their school a safe haven. The project is designed so it can be produced as a play or made into a video edited in I-Movie.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

History Across Broward Initiative-Oral History Project

(2014-2015) LA, SS, 9-12

Disseminator: Roberto Fernandez, III

Boyd Anderson High

The History Across Broward Oral History Project is designed to allow students to be directly involved with the documentation of local history. Oral history interviews have been widely recognized by historians as a unique and distinctive technique by which to document the history of a specific individual, family, organization or group, community, time-period, or event. Each new oral history interview is a new primary resource, a rare record of one-of-a kind first-hand historical and anecdotal information, in the storyteller’s own voice. The History Across Broward Oral History Project attempts to obtain detailed information on individuals, why and when they came to Broward County, where they worked, attended church and their recollections of events that occurred in Broward County or documenting the service of military veterans.

 

I Belong, You Belong, We Belong

(2012-2013) LA, LS, SS, K-5

Disseminator: Amy DeCelle

Tropical Elementary

The students begin with sharing their attributes. The students then work on their family diary, which is a home/school connection. Students will then learn about their city and state. Students will draw a map of their community first and then build it using recycled boxes, construction paper, scissors, and a variety of art materials. Each group will present their community at a ribbon cutting ceremony where parents, community members, and administration will be invited.

 

Interactive Twisted Tales

(2014-2015) LA, PS, T, 4-12

Disseminator: Dona Maggio

Lyons Creek Middle

The purpose of this project is to entice students to build strong literary analysis skills by exploring setting, characters, theme, imagery, point-of-view, visual elements, and different text structures through the retelling and creation of their own fractured fairy tale. In addition, students will increase writing skills, develop public speaking proficiency and expand their ability to use appropriate digital presentation tools.

 

Peace Love Recycle Create Relate

(2012-2013) A, CE, LA, LS, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: Debi London

James S. Hunt Elementary

Students will learn the importance of acts of kindness. They will create a pot painted with acrylic paints, and or paint pens. They will place beautiful decorated tissue flowers in the pot. The music club will present a holiday performance at the Elderly Retirement Community. The flower pots will be given as a gift at the community. Students will write poems, cards and mini books prior to the visit. These writings will also be presented with the flower pots. Students will feel the intrinsic reward of giving.

 

Pen Pals around the World

(2012-2013) LA, LS, M, S, SS, T, 2-12

Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students improve skills in all subjects and connect with other students while learning about another country. The students began by researching our country. The students chose which topic they wanted to present in our video. During our writing lesson, the students wrote a report about an imaginary trip to the country. They made an entry for each day of their trip. The pages called for pictures from magazines, the Internet, or drawings. Each student created a book from his or her completed writing journal.

 

Rocking Chair Blues

(2012-2013) LS, SS, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Frank Pizzo

Deerfield Beach High

Rocking Chair Blues is an innovative student driven activity which demonstrates that we as a society can easily be hypnotized by the overwhelming positives of technological advancements. Students will accomplish specific tasks over a two-week period with a culminating classroom presentation. Students will learn to be creative, build their craftsmanship skills, calculated dimensions and mold a sense a pride in their individual work. The students will utilize their innate creativity to construct a modern Rocking Chair to scale, which can successfully rock back and forth using K’nex model building kit. The students will develop their individual craftsmanship by creating an original design a modern Rocking Chair which demonstrates pride in workmanship.

 

ROM-N GREECE

(2012-2013) LA, LS, SS, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Diane Spencer

Blanche Ely High School

The Rom-N Greece project provides challenging, yet enjoyable activities that enable students to explore Ancient Greece and Rome. The lessons promote reading, critical thinking and writing skills. Students work in (changeable) small groups to discuss, draw conclusions, compare and contrast and locate important historical facts about the ancient civilizations. Alternative assessments are used to facilitate different learning styles and levels for diverse groups of students.

 

A class called SECME

(2012-2013) STEM, 6-12

Disseminator: Mark Eyerman

Blanche Ely High School

SECME Research is an interactive presentation on Differentiated STEM Instruction, and collaborative learning using SECME strategies and projects.

The presenter will address such topics as the expectations of the district, administrators, students, and yourself -the creator. Also help in the designing a format for such a class or after school activity. We will also address team building activities and classroom management in a student-centered classroom.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

Cooperative Brain Power

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-6

Disseminator: Andria Ammons

McNab Elementary

The project is Cooperative Brain Power Works Through Team Efforts Using Technology, Informational Text, or Academic Games. It is a cooperative learning strategy where students work in teams to learn how to acquire knowledge in cooperative learning groups. Children learn how to respect each other opinions, beliefs, ideas, and facts about real life learning using web sites or informational text. The students learn real facts about a related topic of different subject areas, work together to develop a special project, or use academic games to explore and practice new knowledge.

 

Eaglebots

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-8

Disseminator: Rhonda Weimann

Eagle Point Elementary

The students participate in a 20-hour course of Computer Coding combined with Lego Robotics. The course outline is provided on-line from code.org. The Intro to Computer Science is a free course that aims to demystify computer science and show students that it’s fun, collaborative, and creative. The course is designed to motivate students and educators to continue learning computer science to improve real world relationships, connections, and life.

 

Math Moves!

(2014-2015) M, K – 12

Disseminator: Pamela Haffner

Fairway Elementary

The goal of this project is to increase students’ understanding and enjoyment of math through the integration of physical movement and emotional connection within every lesson. Using our instructional focus calendar or student’s individualized education plan (IEP) goals as a guide, we can enhance understanding and improve memory of math skills by adding movement (gestures, acting out, games) and meaning (projects, personal connections, social interactions). Movement and emotional involvement are proven brain-based strategies for learning.

 

Let’s Do Lunch!

(2012-2013) CE, LA, M, SS 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

The purpose of this project is to teach students the life skills they need when dining in public. The project begins with a discussion of eating out and the students are polled as to how often, if ever, they eat in a restaurant with their family. Students next brainstorm the reasons why people eat out, and the types of restaurants that are available. The vocabulary associated with menus is introduced and students examine actual menus from different restaurants. Novels or picture books that relate to dining out are utilized. A mock restaurant is one activity that the students most enjoy. Cooperative groups are formed and each group makes a “reservation” for the next class period. When students arrive to the class the following day, they wait until their table is called and are then seated. Each group is given menus from the same restaurant and they proceed to complete an order form, with each student ordering an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. The group works together to total their bill and compute their tax and gratuity.

 

Lets Go LEGO

(2012-2013) STEM, 2-6

Disseminators: Yoshika Green & Jennifer Rickette

Chapel Trail Elementary

Lets Go LEGO is where students will learn about innovation and build functional creations by using LEGO pieces. The students will then explore STEM careers as they set life goals. First, the students will attend four hands-on learning workshops to build background knowledge, and to learn the necessary skills of a LEGO innovator.

 

News is Knowledge!

(2012-2013) A, H, LA, M, S, SS,

Disseminators: Heather Heffernan & Kimberly Johnson

Oakridge Elementary

The project provides teachers with ideas to create literacy centers for use in their own classrooms using student-friendly newspapers from various curricular areas. We will provide plans that can be used to adapt the materials each week. The informational text provided by each newspaper will allow for the study of current events in a variety of areas. In science, the students will participate in hands-on experiences to reinforce the weekly topic. In social studies, the students will learn about current events in the news, as well as both Florida and United States history. In math, the students will use manipulatives to explore multi-step and higher-level problems.

 

Padded Frogs for Ranidaphiles (People who love frogs)

(2012-2013) A, LA, M, S, T, 2-12

Disseminators: Angela Adams & Carlotta Rody

Cross Creek School

Students assume a part as a gaming developer and are tasked with designing new frogs for a future update release of the popular game, Pocket Frogs by Nimblebit, LLC. They have to learn the game: manage its math components of coins, experience points, stamps and potions, earn and design specific habitats for the frogs, breed or purchase new frogs and manage them to produce additional frog species (feeding them in the pond), and increase experience points to move to the next level and unlock additional, more expensive frogs.

 

Peace Love Recycle Create Relate

(2012-2013) A, CE, LA, LS, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: Debi London

James S. Hunt Elementary

Students will learn the importance of acts of kindness. They will create a pot painted with acrylic paints, and or paint pens. They will place beautiful decorated tissue flowers in the pot. The music club will present a holiday performance at the Elderly Retirement Community. The flower pots will be given as a gift at the community. Students will write poems, cards and mini books prior to the visit. These writings will also be presented with the flower pots. Students will feel the intrinsic reward of giving.

 

Pen Pals around the World

(2012-2013) LA, LS, M, S, SS, T, 2-12

Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students improve skills in all subjects and connect with other students while learning about another country. The students began by researching our country. The students chose which topic they wanted to present in our video. During our writing lesson, the students wrote a report about an imaginary trip to the country. They made an entry for each day of their trip. The pages called for pictures from magazines, the Internet, or drawings. Each student created a book from his or her completed writing journal.

 

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into museum exhibits bringing life to classroom teaching and student learning.

 

Technology Dissection

(2014-2015) STEM, K-5

Disseminator: Debra Thomas

Colbert Elementary

Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet

This project involves students in hands-on discovery learning as they take apart technology to learn more about it. For example, students can take apart broken, outdated, or cheap technology, such as rotary phones, wind-up toys, disposable cameras, ballpoint pens, broken electric pencil sharpeners, etc. Students learn about the different parts in the piece of technology and identify simple machines, and other technologies used to develop the piece of technology under investigation.

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

Creative Canjos

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, K-6

Disseminators: Pamela Barreca & Vanessa Million

Hollywood Hills Elementary

Creative Canjos is an interdisciplinary unit that teaches American History through Folk Art and Folk Music. The students began the project in Art class. They were introduced to American Folk Art through a teacher made iMovie. The iMovie was composed of slides of different types of American Folk Art that included quilts, weathervanes, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. The students then each created a sketch in the style of American Folk Art. These designs were painted onto the can of the canjo.

Creative Canjos

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, K-6

Disseminators: Pamela Barreca & Vanessa Million

Hollywood Hills Elementary

Creative Canjos is an interdisciplinary unit that teaches American History through Folk Art and Folk Music. The students began the project in Art class. They were introduced to American Folk Art through a teacher made iMovie. The iMovie was composed of slides of different types of American Folk Art that included quilts, weathervanes, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. The students then each created a sketch in the style of American Folk Art. These designs were painted onto the can of the canjo.

 

Generating FUN with Alternative Energy

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, 3-6

Debra Kelly Thomas

Colbert Elementary School

Students took what they had learned and created a matching game (simple circuit board) for others to test their knowledge about energy. The matching game illuminates a light bulb, when the correct matching pairs are selected.

 

Songs, Soliloquies and Sugar Coating

(2014-2015) D, LA, Music, 4-12

Disseminator: M. Jacob Aronin

Parkway Middle

Students move beyond the iambic pentameter and verse of Shakespeare to connect with the characters and their motivations. Students write as characters in plays and novels, explaining the texts and filling in the gaps in the plot. Whether asking the question “To be or not be” a dancer, an engineer or a girl scout; students find the parallels of their own lives in Bard’s lines. Writing Ophelia’s journal or Hamlet’s therapy sessions, students learn to move beyond the text and find the character’s inner life and the author’s purpose.

A class called SECME

(2012-2013) STEM, 6-12

Disseminator: Mark Eyerman

Blanche Ely High School

SECME Research is an interactive presentation on Differentiated STEM Instruction, and collaborative learning using SECME strategies and projects.

The presenter will address such topics as the expectations of the district, administrators, students, and yourself -the creator. Also help in the designing a format for such a class or after school activity. We will also address team building activities and classroom management in a student-centered classroom.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

Cooperative Brain Power

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-6

Disseminator: Andria Ammons

McNab Elementary

The project is Cooperative Brain Power Works Through Team Efforts Using Technology, Informational Text, or Academic Games. It is a cooperative learning strategy where students work in teams to learn how to acquire knowledge in cooperative learning groups. Children learn how to respect each other opinions, beliefs, ideas, and facts about real life learning using web sites or informational text. The students learn real facts about a related topic of different subject areas, work together to develop a special project, or use academic games to explore and practice new knowledge.

 

Eaglebots

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-8

Disseminator: Rhonda Weimann

Eagle Point Elementary

The students participate in a 20-hour course of Computer Coding combined with Lego Robotics. The course outline is provided on-line from code.org. The Intro to Computer Science is a free course that aims to demystify computer science and show students that it’s fun, collaborative, and creative. The course is designed to motivate students and educators to continue learning computer science to improve real world relationships, connections, and life.

 

H.I.T.S. (HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & SCIENCE)

(2014-2015) A, LA, S, SS, T, 6-12

Disseminators: Suzanne Murphy & Diane Spencer

Northeast High, Blanche Ely High

The students will select one of the inventions and use the Internet to research the following details about the inventor of the product: Inventor’s name, date of birth, place of birth, education, date of the invention, etc. This information will be used to write a Bio-cube and Biography about the inventor. Next, the students come up with an idea for a new product, create a model of your invention, provide reasons why it might be useful and give your invention a “catchy” name.

 

It’s Electric! Circuit Building Using Online Technology

(2012-2013) LA, S, T, 6-12

Disseminator: Danielle Thomas

Pembroke Pines Charter

This module can be used in grades 6 -12 to expose students to electrical engineering. The module begins with an interactive PowerPoint presentation that examines how technology has developed and changed over time. It demonstrates how computers and computer parts have been compressed in volume and integrated over the past 50 years. Students will then use examples of circuit board and integrated circuit to create a Venn diagram. Students will complete an online binary code activity.

 

Lets Go LEGO

(2012-2013) STEM, 2-6

Disseminators: Yoshika Green & Jennifer Rickette

Chapel Trail Elementary

Lets Go LEGO is where students will learn about innovation and build functional creations by using LEGO pieces. The students will then explore STEM careers as they set life goals. First, the students will attend four hands-on learning workshops to build background knowledge, and to learn the necessary skills of a LEGO innovator.

 

May the Force Be With You

(2014-2015) LA, S, T, 2-8

Disseminator: Sheri Dominguez

Palmview Elementary

Information Literacy Project Based learning, 21st century learners find, create and share knowledge utilizing the FINDS process and digital tools. Students research within a curriculum area, examples include Force & Motion, Predators and Phases of the Moon utilizing print and digital resources. Title could also be “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” They learn the FINDS process, the steps of which parallel Bloom’s and Webb’s levels of cognitive complexity, to find, create and apply, synthesize, share and evaluate their knowledge.

 

Multicultural Garden Buddies/ Gardening Around the World

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, S, T, K-12

Disseminators: Tara Dukanauskas & Lynn Walsh

North Andrews Gardens, Maplewood

The school garden will act as a springboard for reading and writing. Books will be read and research will be done that connects reading and writing with different types of gardens (plants/fruit, vegetables and herbs) from around the world. Students will work with a buddy classroom to complete the project. Students will create projects such as Powerpoints and booklets to display what they learned.

 

News is Knowledge!

(2012-2013) A, H, LA, M, S, SS,

Disseminators: Heather Heffernan & Kimberly Johnson

Oakridge Elementary

The project provides teachers with ideas to create literacy centers for use in their own classrooms using student-friendly newspapers from various curricular areas. We will provide plans that can be used to adapt the materials each week. The informational text provided by each newspaper will allow for the study of current events in a variety of areas. In science, the students will participate in hands-on experiences to reinforce the weekly topic. In social studies, the students will learn about current events in the news, as well as both Florida and United States history. In math, the students will use manipulatives to explore multi-step and higher-level problems.

 

Padded Frogs for Ranidaphiles (People who love frogs)

(2012-2013) A, LA, M, S, T, 2-12

Disseminators: Angela Adams & Carlotta Rody

Cross Creek School

Students assume a part as a gaming developer and are tasked with designing new frogs for a future update release of the popular game, Pocket Frogs by Nimblebit, LLC. They have to learn the game: manage its math components of coins, experience points, stamps and potions, earn and design specific habitats for the frogs, breed or purchase new frogs and manage them to produce additional frog species (feeding them in the pond), and increase experience points to move to the next level and unlock additional, more expensive frogs.

 

Peace Love Recycle Create Relate

(2012-2013) A, CE, LA, LS, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: Debi London

James S. Hunt Elementary

Students will learn the importance of acts of kindness. They will create a pot painted with acrylic paints, and or paint pens. They will place beautiful decorated tissue flowers in the pot. The music club will present a holiday performance at the Elderly Retirement Community. The flower pots will be given as a gift at the community. Students will write poems, cards and mini books prior to the visit. These writings will also be presented with the flower pots. Students will feel the intrinsic reward of giving.

 

Pen Pals around the World

(2012-2013) LA, LS, M, S, SS, T, 2-12

Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students improve skills in all subjects and connect with other students while learning about another country. The students began by researching our country. The students chose which topic they wanted to present in our video. During our writing lesson, the students wrote a report about an imaginary trip to the country. They made an entry for each day of their trip. The pages called for pictures from magazines, the Internet, or drawings. Each student created a book from his or her completed writing journal.

 

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into museum exhibits bringing life to classroom teaching and student learning.

 

Technology Dissection

(2014-2015) STEM, K-5

Disseminator: Debra Thomas

Colbert Elementary

Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet

This project involves students in hands-on discovery learning as they take apart technology to learn more about it. For example, students can take apart broken, outdated, or cheap technology, such as rotary phones, wind-up toys, disposable cameras, ballpoint pens, broken electric pencil sharpeners, etc. Students learn about the different parts in the piece of technology and identify simple machines, and other technologies used to develop the piece of technology under investigation.

 

The ABC’s of Florida

(2014-2015) LA, S, SS, T, K-5

Disseminator: Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students use laptops and iPads to research different topics that relate to the State of Florida. Students learn research skills using technology. When they have completed their research project, they learn to write and type in order to create a computer based published work and a hardcover book.

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

A PEACE of History

(2014-2015) A, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Debra Brand

Sawgrass Springs Middle

This project was designed to compel students to become aware of the details of one of the most turbulent times in American history – the ’60’s. This comprehensive unit uses multimedia resources and informational texts. Students are challenged to create a variety of written responses about fashion, music, Vietnam, automobiles art and fads.

 

A.L.O.H.A. (Active Learning Orchestrates Higher Achievement)

(2014-2015) LA, LS, SS, 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

Periodically an “A.L.O.H.A. Day” is placed on my classroom calendar. Each A.L.O.H.A. Day involves a creative lesson plan or assignment, and allows students some sort of physical movement in the classroom. A.L.O.H.A. Days include Seat Scramble, Beach Ball Literature, Story Creation Through Rotation, Outdoor Physical Training, Parts of Speech Bowling, and Test Performance Incentives. Students have begun enjoying my classroom more and are excited on A.L.O.H.A. Days.

 

Behind the Mask

(2014-2015) A, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Sandy Melillo

Pompano Beach High

A mask has historically been a symbol to both represent and disguise a particular culture, individual, or even a corpse. We associate them with tribal and social celebrations or representations of those who have passed on. Student will create their own masks to represent their external and public persona, but on the back they will enclose a poem on the back that reveals what lies underneath.

 

Civics Unfolds

(2014-2015) Civics, LA, SS, 6-12

Disseminator: Andra Beames

Sawgrass Springs Middle School

Civics Unfolds is a project based instructional strategy that improves student learning and reading skills. Using foldable, students read for details and create mini-projects that help students comprehend challenging primary documents like the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

Creative Canjos

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, K-6

Disseminators: Pamela Barreca & Vanessa Million

Hollywood Hills Elementary

Creative Canjos is an interdisciplinary unit that teaches American History through Folk Art and Folk Music. The students began the project in Art class. They were introduced to American Folk Art through a teacher made iMovie. The iMovie was composed of slides of different types of American Folk Art that included quilts, weathervanes, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. The students then each created a sketch in the style of American Folk Art. These designs were painted onto the can of the canjo.

 

Digging Deeper into Text Structures

(2014-2015) LA, S, SS, 2-8

Disseminator: Miladys Cepero-Perez

Griffin Elementary

Reader and writer workshops are the perfect platform for students to learn about the different text structures that authors use to deliver information and their purpose to an audience. Students become authors who write their own mini-magazine about a topic of their choice and/or their own fiction book. This project covers the new Florida Standards (LAFS)on reading comprehension, opinion writing, research process, and informative writing. The students create, design, and write each type of text structure with success.

 

H.I.T.S. (HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & SCIENCE)

(2014-2015) A, LA, S, SS, T, 6-12

Disseminators: Suzanne Murphy & Diane Spencer

Northeast High, Blanche Ely High

The students will select one of the inventions and use the Internet to research the following details about the inventor of the product: Inventor’s name, date of birth, place of birth, education, date of the invention, etc. This information will be used to write a Bio-cube and Biography about the inventor. Next, the students come up with an idea for a new product, create a model of your invention, provide reasons why it might be useful and give your invention a “catchy” name.

 

History Across Broward Initiative-Oral History Project

(2014-2015) LA, SS, 9-12

Disseminator: Roberto Fernandez, III

Boyd Anderson High

The History Across Broward Oral History Project is designed to allow students to be directly involved with the documentation of local history. Oral history interviews have been widely recognized by historians as a unique and distinctive technique by which to document the history of a specific individual, family, organization or group, community, time-period, or event. Each new oral history interview is a new primary resource, a rare record of one-of-a kind first-hand historical and anecdotal information, in the storyteller’s own voice. The History Across Broward Oral History Project attempts to obtain detailed information on individuals, why and when they came to Broward County, where they worked, attended church and their recollections of events that occurred in Broward County or documenting the service of military veterans.

 

I Belong, You Belong, We Belong

(2012-2013) LA, LS, SS, K-5

Disseminator: Amy DeCelle

Tropical Elementary

The students begin with sharing their attributes. The students then work on their family diary, which is a home/school connection. Students will then learn about their city and state. Students will draw a map of their community first and then build it using recycled boxes, construction paper, scissors, and a variety of art materials. Each group will present their community at a ribbon cutting ceremony where parents, community members, and administration will be invited.

 

Generating FUN with Alternative Energy

(2012-2013) A, Music, SS, 3-6

Debra Kelly Thomas

Colbert Elementary School

Students took what they had learned and created a matching game (simple circuit board) for others to test their knowledge about energy. The matching game illuminates a light bulb, when the correct matching pairs are selected.

 

Let’s Do Lunch!

(2012-2013) CE, LA, M, SS 5-12

Disseminator: Mary Alice Rowley

Forest Glen Middle

The purpose of this project is to teach students the life skills they need when dining in public. The project begins with a discussion of eating out and the students are polled as to how often, if ever, they eat in a restaurant with their family. Students next brainstorm the reasons why people eat out, and the types of restaurants that are available. The vocabulary associated with menus is introduced and students examine actual menus from different restaurants. Novels or picture books that relate to dining out are utilized. A mock restaurant is one activity that the students most enjoy. Cooperative groups are formed and each group makes a “reservation” for the next class period. When students arrive to the class the following day, they wait until their table is called and are then seated. Each group is given menus from the same restaurant and they proceed to complete an order form, with each student ordering an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. The group works together to total their bill and compute their tax and gratuity.

 

News is Knowledge!

(2012-2013) A, H, LA, M, S, SS,

Disseminators: Heather Heffernan & Kimberly Johnson

Oakridge Elementary

The project provides teachers with ideas to create literacy centers for use in their own classrooms using student-friendly newspapers from various curricular areas. We will provide plans that can be used to adapt the materials each week. The informational text provided by each newspaper will allow for the study of current events in a variety of areas. In science, the students will participate in hands-on experiences to reinforce the weekly topic. In social studies, the students will learn about current events in the news, as well as both Florida and United States history. In math, the students will use manipulatives to explore multi-step and higher-level problems.

 

Paint Me A Story…Literacy and Arts

(2014-2015) LA, SS, T, VA, PreK-4

Disseminator: Pamela Davis

Deerfield Park Elementary

Vincent Van Gogh refers to “happiness” as: It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Children need to be happy, achieve, and be filled full of opportunities for creative efforts! The focus of this project is to develop students’ minds encouraging them to read both the pictures and words to fully engage them in print. This project encourages children to utilize technology, multicultural books and the visual arts, as they develop an understanding of the author’s and illustrator’s message.

 

Pen Pals around the World

(2012-2013) LA, LS, M, S, SS, T, 2-12

Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students improve skills in all subjects and connect with other students while learning about another country. The students began by researching our country. The students chose which topic they wanted to present in our video. During our writing lesson, the students wrote a report about an imaginary trip to the country. They made an entry for each day of their trip. The pages called for pictures from magazines, the Internet, or drawings. Each student created a book from his or her completed writing journal.

 

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into museum exhibits bringing life to classroom teaching and student learning.

 

Rocking Chair Blues

(2012-2013) LS, SS, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Frank Pizzo

Deerfield Beach High

Rocking Chair Blues is an innovative student driven activity which demonstrates that we as a society can easily be hypnotized by the overwhelming positives of technological advancements. Students will accomplish specific tasks over a two-week period with a culminating classroom presentation. Students will learn to be creative, build their craftsmanship skills, calculated dimensions and mold a sense a pride in their individual work. The students will utilize their innate creativity to construct a modern Rocking Chair to scale, which can successfully rock back and forth using K’nex model building kit. The students will develop their individual craftsmanship by creating an original design a modern Rocking Chair which demonstrates pride in workmanship.

 

ROM N GREECE

(2012-2013) LA, LS, SS, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Diane Spencer

Blanche Ely High School

The ROM N GREECE project provides challenging, yet enjoyable activities that enable students to explore Ancient Greece and Rome. The lessons promote reading, critical thinking and writing skills. Students work in (changeable) small groups to discuss, draw conclusions, compare and contrast and locate important historical facts about the ancient civilizations. Alternative assessments are used to facilitate different learning styles and levels for diverse groups of students.

 

The ABC’s of Florida

(2014-2015) LA, S, SS, T, K-5

Disseminator: Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students use laptops and iPads to research different topics that relate to the State of Florida. Students learn research skills using technology. When they have completed their research project, they learn to write and type in order to create a computer based published work and a hardcover book.

 

The Incredible Voyage

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, M,S, SS, K-5

Disseminators: Randy Bitton & Sheree Schulson

Parkside Elementary

The Incredible Voyage is a unit of study through the body systems using project-based learning to help drive the instruction. This project accommodates a variety of learning styles, multi-age levels, differentiates instruction and provides opportunities for alternative assessments.

A class called SECME

(2012-2013) STEM, 6-12

Disseminator: Mark Eyerman

Blanche Ely High School

SECME Research is an interactive presentation on Differentiated STEM Instruction, and collaborative learning using SECME strategies and projects.

The presenter will address such topics as the expectations of the district, administrators, students, and yourself -the creator. Also help in the designing a format for such a class or after school activity. We will also address team building activities and classroom management in a student-centered classroom.

 

Lets Go LEGO

(2012-2013) STEM, 2-6

Disseminators: Yoshika Green & Jennifer Rickette

Chapel Trail Elementary

Lets Go LEGO is where students will learn about innovation and build functional creations by using LEGO pieces. The students will then explore STEM careers as they set life goals. First, the students will attend four hands-on learning workshops to build background knowledge, and to learn the necessary skills of a LEGO innovator.

 

Technology Dissection

(2014-2015) STEM, K-5

Disseminator: Debra Thomas

Colbert Elementary

Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet

This project involves students in hands-on discovery learning as they take apart technology to learn more about it. For example, students can take apart broken, outdated, or cheap technology, such as rotary phones, wind-up toys, disposable cameras, ballpoint pens, broken electric pencil sharpeners, etc. Students learn about the different parts in the piece of technology and identify simple machines, and other technologies used to develop the piece of technology under investigation.

A class called SECME

(2012-2013) STEM, 6-12

Disseminator: Mark Eyerman

Blanche Ely High School

SECME Research is an interactive presentation on Differentiated STEM Instruction, and collaborative learning using SECME strategies and projects.

The presenter will address such topics as the expectations of the district, administrators, students, and yourself -the creator. Also help in the designing a format for such a class or after school activity. We will also address team building activities and classroom management in a student-centered classroom.

 

Budget Technology

(2012-2013) LA, T, 6-12

Disseminator: Sandy Melillo

Pompano Beach High

Students will be divided into pairs and given a $1000 budget (imaginary) to create a project focusing on their area of interest within the school curriculum that will include a culminating audio/visual presentation. They must write an accompanying research paper with a works cited page and two budgets: one including all school resources that they utilized, and another that does not assume the use of ANY school resources: no computers, projectors, printers, whiteboards etc. Students will explore both the basics of writing a research paper and utilizing presentation software to display their research. They will also develop a list of products for Budget Technology and make it available to educators on a webpage.

 

COOKIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND ELDERS

(2014-2015) CI, LA, M, S, 2-12

Disseminator: JOSE PADILLA

WINGATE OAKS CENTER

The purpose of this project is for the students to choose every day for one week a different shelter for the homeless or the elderly and bake them cookies as a Holidays gift. Students will research for different cookies recipes, create an adapted shopping list, and buy the materials needed. Using their communication devices, students will interact with the community when shopping and will practice math skills while manage the budget. After gathering the materials, students will follow and adapted recipe to bake different cookies every day, in this process student will use math and science skills while baking the cookies.

 

Cooperative Brain Power

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-6

Disseminator: Andria Ammons

McNab Elementary

The project is Cooperative Brain Power Works Through Team Efforts Using Technology, Informational Text, or Academic Games. It is a cooperative learning strategy where students work in teams to learn how to acquire knowledge in cooperative learning groups. Children learn how to respect each other opinions, beliefs, ideas, and facts about real life learning using web sites or informational text. The students learn real facts about a related topic of different subject areas, work together to develop a special project, or use academic games to explore and practice new knowledge.

 

Eaglebots

(2014-2015) LA, M, S, T, K-8

Disseminator: Rhonda Weimann

Eagle Point Elementary

The students participate in a 20-hour course of Computer Coding combined with Lego Robotics. The course outline is provided on-line from code.org. The Intro to Computer Science is a free course that aims to demystify computer science and show students that it’s fun, collaborative, and creative. The course is designed to motivate students and educators to continue learning computer science to improve real world relationships, connections, and life.

 

Inspiring Authors

(2014-2015) LA, T, 2-6

Disseminators: Amy DeCelle & Pauline Watson

Tropical Elementary & Oakridge Elementary

This project will inspire students to become authors by allowing them to interview authors and learn what inspired them and the process they went through to get their books published. These interviews can be done via videoconferencing, Skype, and classroom visits. To prepare the visit the class would read a book or books by the author and then prepare interview questions. After the author visit, the students will write their own stories once they have completed the research to gather the information for their story.

 

Interactive Twisted Tales

(2014-2015) LA, PS, T, 4-12

Disseminator: Dona Maggio

Lyons Creek Middle

The purpose of this project is to entice students to build strong literary analysis skills by exploring setting, characters, theme, imagery, point-of-view, visual elements, and different text structures through the retelling and creation of their own fractured fairy tale. In addition, students will increase writing skills, develop public speaking proficiency and expand their ability to use appropriate digital presentation tools.

 

It’s Electric! Circuit Building Using Online Technology

(2012-2013) LA, S, T, 6-12

Disseminator: Danielle Thomas

Pembroke Pines Charter

This module can be used in grades 6 -12 to expose students to electrical engineering. The module begins with an interactive PowerPoint presentation that examines how technology has developed and changed over time. It demonstrates how computers and computer parts have been compressed in volume and integrated over the past 50 years. Students will then use examples of circuit board and integrated circuit to create a Venn diagram. Students will complete an online binary code activity.

 

Lets Go LEGO

(2012-2013) STEM, 2-6

Disseminators: Yoshika Green & Jennifer Rickette

Chapel Trail Elementary

Lets Go LEGO is where students will learn about innovation and build functional creations by using LEGO pieces. The students will then explore STEM careers as they set life goals. First, the students will attend four hands-on learning workshops to build background knowledge, and to learn the necessary skills of a LEGO innovator.

 

May the Force Be With You

(2014-2015) LA, S, T, 2-8

Disseminator: Sheri Dominguez

Palmview Elementary

Information Literacy Project Based learning, 21st century learners find, create and share knowledge utilizing the FINDS process and digital tools. Students research within a curriculum area, examples include Force & Motion, Predators and Phases of the Moon utilizing print and digital resources. Title could also be “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” They learn the FINDS process, the steps of which parallel Bloom’s and Webb’s levels of cognitive complexity, to find, create and apply, synthesize, share and evaluate their knowledge.

 

Multicultural Garden Buddies/ Gardening Around the World

(2014-2015) A, H, LA, S, T, K-12

Disseminators: Tara Dukanauskas & Lynn Walsh

North Andrews Gardens, Maplewood

The school garden will act as a springboard for reading and writing. Books will be read and research will be done that connects reading and writing with different types of gardens (plants/fruit, vegetables and herbs) from around the world. Students will work with a buddy classroom to complete the project. Students will create projects such as Powerpoints and booklets to display what they learned.

 

Padded Frogs for Ranidaphiles (People who love frogs)

(2012-2013) A, LA, M, S, T, 2-12

Disseminators: Angela Adams & Carlotta Rody

Cross Creek School

Students assume a part as a gaming developer and are tasked with designing new frogs for a future update release of the popular game, Pocket Frogs by Nimblebit, LLC. They have to learn the game: manage its math components of coins, experience points, stamps and potions, earn and design specific habitats for the frogs, breed or purchase new frogs and manage them to produce additional frog species (feeding them in the pond), and increase experience points to move to the next level and unlock additional, more expensive frogs.

 

Paint Me A Story…Literacy and Arts

(2014-2015) LA, SS, T, VA, PreK-4

Disseminator: Pamela Davis

Deerfield Park Elementary

Vincent Van Gogh refers to “happiness” as: It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Children need to be happy, achieve, and be filled full of opportunities for creative efforts! The focus of this project is to develop students’ minds encouraging them to read both the pictures and words to fully engage them in print. This project encourages children to utilize technology, multicultural books and the visual arts, as they develop an understanding of the author’s and illustrator’s message.

 

Pen Pals around the World

(2012-2013) LA, LS, M, S, SS, T, 2-12

Betty Sebaste

Sandpiper Elementary

Students improve skills in all subjects and connect with other students while learning about another country. The students began by researching our country. The students chose which topic they wanted to present in our video. During our writing lesson, the students wrote a report about an imaginary trip to the country. They made an entry for each day of their trip. The pages called for pictures from magazines, the Internet, or drawings. Each student created a book from his or her completed writing journal.

 

Project Living History

(2012-2013) A, D, I, M, LA, M, S, SS, T. 2-12

Disseminator: Dr. Mary Cala Farone

Ramblewood Elementary

Inquiry research is self-directed and project-based on the grade-level curriculum. Students begin an area of inquiry research becoming a critical historian. Focusing on research writing involves reading and a digital search on Destiny Quest to find websites, read articles and learn from many different authors how to draw conclusions and make inferences. Students begin to theorize about their own research actively as they leave a footprint, a lasting impression on their own learning. This student engagement can lead to the possibility of creating life-long learning. Project Living History is collaborative transforming classrooms into museum exhibits bringing life to classroom teaching and student learning.

 

Rocking Chair Blues

(2012-2013) LS, SS, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Frank Pizzo

Deerfield Beach High

Rocking Chair Blues is an innovative student driven activity which demonstrates that we as a society can easily be hypnotized by the overwhelming positives of technological advancements. Students will accomplish specific tasks over a two-week period with a culminating classroom presentation. Students will learn to be creative, build their craftsmanship skills, calculated dimensions and mold a sense a pride in their individual work. The students will utilize their innate creativity to construct a modern Rocking Chair to scale, which can successfully rock back and forth using K’nex model building kit. The students will develop their individual craftsmanship by creating an original design a modern Rocking Chair which demonstrates pride in workmanship.

 

ROM N GREECE

(2012-2013) LA, LS, SS, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Diane Spencer

Blanche Ely High School

The ROM N GREECE project provides challenging, yet enjoyable activities that enable students to explore Ancient Greece and Rome. The lessons promote reading, critical thinking and writing skills. Students work in (changeable) small groups to discuss, draw conclusions, compare and contrast and locate important historical facts about the ancient civilizations. Alternative assessments are used to facilitate different learning styles and levels for diverse groups of students.

 

The Arts and Crafts of Storytelling

(2012-2013) LA, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Debra Brand

Sawgrass Springs Middle

In The Arts and Crafts of Storytelling, American folk heroes come to life, help students expand their vocabulary and increase knowledge of figurative language. Students identify figurative language like similes, idioms and hyperboles. The project further serves to teach children to write original tall tales after being inspired by stories that are such a rich part of our American cultural heritage. The tall tale characters studied include John Henry, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. As an added bonus original games about the heroes is created and played by classmates.

 

Technology Dissection

(2014-2015) STEM, K-5

Disseminator: Debra Thomas

Colbert Elementary

Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet

This project involves students in hands-on discovery learning as they take apart technology to learn more about it. For example, students can take apart broken, outdated, or cheap technology, such as rotary phones, wind-up toys, disposable cameras, ballpoint pens, broken electric pencil sharpeners, etc. Students learn about the different parts in the piece of technology and identify simple machines, and other technologies used to develop the piece of technology under investigation.

 

Using Idioms Is a Piece of Cake

(2012-2013) LA, T. 6-12

Disseminator: Tara Dukanauskas

North Andrews Gardens Elementary

Teaching about idioms can be great fun. Why are idioms important? Idioms are important so that students can understand what everyone is saying! Idioms are a part of the figurative language. Using the Literal language (as in saying things directly without any creativity) sounds very common, and it seems a bit boring when they are used in story books.