Educator Units

Educators involved within the futurePREP'd Program go through an intensive and immersive experience throughout the course of the year in which they develop a unit of instruction which is built upon a deep understanding of Project Based Learning (PBL), the Creative Sequence, and the Skills4Success. During this experience each and every educator has the opportunity to test their new knowledge, skills, and tools out with actual students through programs such as IChallengeU, IChallengeUth, or an experience for K - 5 students.

Below is a collection of the units that have been developed by master teachers who have gone through the futurePREP'd expedition.

UNITS FOR K - 5TH GRADE

Units from the 2014/2015 group of teachers will be uploaded in the fall of 2014.

UNITS FOR 6TH - 8TH GRADE

Units from the 2014/2015 group of teachers will be uploaded in the fall of 2014.

UNITS FOR 9TH - 12TH GRADE

Units from the 2014/2015 group of teachers will be uploaded in the fall of 2014.

RESOURCES FOR THE CREATION OF UNITS

Project Rubric

All Grade Levels

Buck Institute for Education (BIE)

Taladega County Schools

Kevin Honeycutt 

Mathalicious

National Youth Leadership Council

High Tech High

West Virginia Department of Education

Virtual Schoolhouse

 

Middle School

STEM Resource

 

Elementary School

The Inquiry Project

Communication Activities

Personal Accountability Activities 

Grades 6-8:

Nonverbal Cards:

Similar to charades, students work in teams to demonstrate a phrase, non-verbally, while their teammates practice active listening and try to guess their non-verbal phrase.

Nonverbal Emotions:

Students practice their non-verbal communication skills by demonstrating a random emotion through a wordless skit, while their teammates practice their active listening and attempt to guess what the emotion being demonstrated is.

Keep It Going:

Students practice their communication skills, including those of active listening, by carrying on a group conversation about a random topic pulled out of a hat.

Picture This:

Students practice their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills as they work together to solve a series of WUZZLES Word Challenges.

Tallest Tower:

Students practice their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills as they work together to build the tallest possible tower with a limited amount of materials.

Assembly Line:

Students will practice their personal accountability skills, as well as their collaboration, adaptability, and critical thinking skills as they work together to learn the importance of being a valued member of a team.

The Blame Game:

Students will practice their personal accountability skills, as well as their communication, flexibility, and critical thinking skills to learn about the importance of being held accountable for your own actions.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Activities

Who Done It?

Students practice their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills as they work together to help the local police solve a crime.

Creative Fairy Tale:

Students practice their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills as they work together to solve a young girls dilemma.

The Shoe Store:

Students practice their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills as they work together to figure out the shoe store problem.

Picture This:

Students practice their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills as they work together to solve a series of WUZZLES Word Challenges.

Bank Robbery:

Students practice their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills as they work together to figure out who robbed the bank.

Tallest Tower:

Students practice their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills as they work together to build the tallest possible tower with a limited amount of materials.

Collaboration & Global Thinking Activities

The Lifeboat:

The Lifeboat Handout

Students practice their collaboration, global thinking, communication, critical thinking, and ethical citizenship skills while working as a team to decide who gets a spot of the lifeboat, and who is going to die.

No-Hands Challange:

Students practice their collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to build a tool that will help them stack a pyramid of cups.

Tallest Tower:

Students practice their collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills as they work together to build the tallest possible tower with a limited amount of materials.

Flexibility & Adaptability Activities

25 Uses:

Students will practice their flexibility and adaptability skills, as well as their collaboration and communication skills as they breakout of their functionally fixed mindsets and think of unconventional ways to use standard household items.

Rules 2.0:

Students will practice their flexibility and adaptability skills, as well as their collaboration and critical thinking skills as they work together to create new rules for an old game.

Story String:

Students will practice their flexibility, adaptability, collaboration, communication, and creativity skills, while working together to develop a story, building on each other’s ideas and adapting their thoughts when necessary.

Ethical Citizenship Activities

The Citizenship Machine:

Students practice their ethical citizenship, collaboration, global thinking, and communication skills to invent a good citizen machine that will help better the community.

Citizenship Rap:

Students practice their knowledge of ethical citizenship, and their collaboration and communication skills to write a rap about what it means to be a good citizen.

Examples

Writing to a Target Audience 

Driving Question:

What should we incorporate within our writing to ensure that we are communicating effectively to our target audience?

The Why:

To help students learn to write and communicate in a way that is effective, and clear for all types of audience members.

Standards & Skills:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

COMMUNICATION: The ability to effectively communicate a message or an idea to someone else through verbal and non-verbal means. Included within this is the ability to know how and when to listen to others' communication and to use communication to build interpersonal relationships with others.

CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING: The ability to generate innovative and creative solutions to issues of interest through the gathering, analysis, and evaluation of relevant information. This includes thinking through 1) how possible solutions fit into and affect a larger system, 2) the validity of information and claims that others present, and 3) the potential consequences of proposed solutions.

 

Zoo Design

Driving Question:

How can we create a unique and inviting zoo that will be loved and enjoyed for many years to come?

The Why:

To build a brand new zoo that everyone, including the Board of Directors of Zooville will enjoy for many more years.

Standards & Skills:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3-5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3-5.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3-5.5 Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3-5.MD.D.8 Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3-5.MD.C Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: The ability to generate innovative and creative solutions to issues of interest through the gathering, analysis, and evaluation of relevant information. This includes thinking through 1) how possible solutions fit into and affect a larger system, 2) the validity of information and claims that others present, and 3) the potential consequences of proposed solutions.

Collaboration & Global Thinking: The ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team in order to achieve a common goal. This involves knowing 1) your strengths and recognizing strengths in others, 2) how to take other's perspectives, and 3) how to resolve conflict.

Technology Literacy: The ability to understand, use, and adapt to new technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Communication: The ability to effectively communicate a message or an idea to someone else through verbal and non-verbal means. Included within this is the ability to know how and when to listen to others' communication and to use communication to build interpersonal relationships with others.

 

History, According To You

Driving Question:

How can we create some sort of informative text that includes stories, issues and people that are traditionally left out of U.S. History textbooks?

The Why:

To create our own version of a history book that investigates and includes stories, issues, and people that are traditionally left out of U.S. History textbooks.

Standards & Skills:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-12.6 Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.

Communication: The ability to effectively communicate a message or an idea to someone else through verbal and non-verbal means. Included within this is the ability to know how and when to listen to others' communication and to use communication to build interpersonal relationships with others.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: The ability to generate innovative and creative solutions to issues of interest through the gathering, analysis, and evaluation of relevant information. This includes thinking through 1) how possible solutions fit into and affect a larger system, 2) the validity of information and claims that others present, and 3) the potential consequences of proposed solutions.

Personal Accountability: The ability to productively work toward a goal with a positive attitude. Included within this is being reliable and dependable (e.g., being present and punctual) and having the confidence to take risks and hold oneself and others accountable for their work.

Collaboration & Global Thinking: The ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team in order to achieve a common goal. This involves knowing 1) your strengths and recognizing strengths in others, 2) how to take other's perspectives, and 3) how to resolve conflict.

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