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Visual Arts, Science
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 6
Duration: Over the course of a month
Summary: Students used science learning about energy/energy conversion and art to create a Sculptural Windmill that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy. The design parameters included that the windmill met the definition of a sculpture. Function and design framed this student inquiry.
Visual Arts, Math, Music
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 1
Duration: 5-7 Days
Summary: In this unit, students will learn about patterns in music, visual arts, and 1st grade math.  The students will create a visual regular, repeating, or growing patterns using lines, colors, and shapes . They will construct musical instruments to read, play, and create musical patterns.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Science
Concentration: STEM
Grade: 1
Duration: one week
Summary: The first grade students will read text, research and write informational text about a prairie animal. Students use information about the animal and its habitat to create a collage in the style of Eric Carle that visually represents the animal and includes features of the prairie animal’s habitat.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 7
Duration: Over the course of a month
Summary: Students interview either an older relative or an elder in the community to develop an understanding of local, national or world history. Students create a digital biography about the person they interviewed. From the historical time period of the digital biography, students employ elements of fiction and the elements of the graphic novel to also create their own graphic short story about an historical event.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts
Concentration: Photography, Poetry
Grade: 5
Duration: ongoing, semester
Summary: Telling a story through poetry/narrative and deepening the story through images.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Math
Concentration: History
Grade: 7
Duration: 4 weeks
Summary: Students will understand that Lake Superior, their home, has great stories to learn and to experience. From research and understanding of the purpose of story they wrote a claims-support-conclusion paragraph and retold a shipwreck event from the perspective of a person aboard the ship. Math skills were used for creating an informational map to support the story. Each student bound their pages using a “stab-bound” method of bookmaking and contributed to a classroom anthology of their writing.
STEM, Visual Arts, Science
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 2
Duration: Over the course of 4 weeks
Summary: Students will identify the resources that plants need to live. Through Science, Technology, Engineering,  and Math (STEM) investigation, students will be able to describe the different ways in which plants fulfill their needs. In art, students learn how to be able to describe a plant visually. Using their learning about plants students integrate learning to create  informative signage for a community garden the students designed and planted.
Media Arts, Math, Science
Concentration: Biology, Respond
Grade: 10
Duration: Over the course of a month
Summary: Geometry is a universal tool for detecting and understanding relationships in nature. Students find and photograph underlying geometric properties found in nature. Using the photographs, students sequence their photographs into a presentation documenting the geometric properties and the relationships (parts to whole) found in organic structures in nature.

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