Last night I sat down and looked at where I was at this point in the school year. I am currently finishing up a social studies unit on the middle ages and will be moving into science in a few weeks. I realized that I have some time to look at doing one more unit this year.
I am considering two things. The first is to work on a digital photography piece. If I can round up twelve digital cameras, I would like to spend some time doing some art related work with my class. Working on things like composition, framing, colour, story telling through images, etc. is done well using cheap digital cameras. It is fun to do and valuable for the students.
The second option I am considering is a Past / Present / Future unit. We have to work on history throughout the grade 8 year in Manitoba in our social studies curriculum. We have worked through units on Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and now the European Middle Ages. I am thinking about tieing the past into the present and the future by doing a unit which involves SimCity, Real Lives, the new World Food Programme game, World Food Force, Lego Mindstorms, and a whole lot of newspaper and non-fiction reading. I thought this would be a good way to tie all of the information from this year together. This way students can look at where they have been in history, where our society is now, and where we hope to be in the future. We could look at using technology, societal problem solving, and the effects of history on our current lives. I’ve never tackled this before, but as I was sitting on my couch last night brainstorming, I thought it sounded like a good idea. Now I just have to see if I can gather all of the resources I need.