Travel the World with Grade 8 Geography

Presented at 2017 OAGEE Fall Conference from November 10th to November 11th, 2017

For the past seven years, we've used Project Based Learning for the entire Grade 8 Geography course. In this project, students spend several months connecting their learning from the grade 8 curriculum to a country of their choice. This project takes the lessons you're teaching in Geography and makes it real for the students by helping the information come alive. With each unit, they apply their learning about, for example, population patterns, and take what they've learned in class to create a deeper understanding of their country. The project culminates with the grade hosting a World Fair for the entire school community. Students are encouraged to bring cultural items like national costumes, food, or artefacts. Students are able to connect to their passions through this project, either because they want to share about their own culture, or about the sports in a particular country, or about their own travels. We find the students enjoy the feeling of being experts and explaining their projects to other students and teachers. In this session, we'll share our planning and how you could implement this project at your school. We will provide some lesson plans and the project planning documents. This project works well for differentiation because all students can manage to create something they're proud of and there are lots of opportunities to enrich advanced students. We've found that this project can be easily updated with new curriculum expectations without needing to change the entire project.

Scheduled FB07 Fri at 10:00 AM in R205
Presenters Alysha Decker Faculty at Appleby College
Lindsay Core
Audience Gr. 7 & 8
Session Maximum 25
Single or Double Length Single (50 min)
Publishable Emailadecker@appleby.on.ca; lindsay.core@gmail.com
Publishable URLhttps://www.flickr.com/gp/alyshadecker/UBSPys
Presentation Format Lecture

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