(CSI) Champion Students Investigate by jJOm7eN


									                             (CSI) Champion Students Investigate
                                        Diversity in New Zealand
                                Sixth Grade Summer Project 2012
Content Area: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science

Unit Title: CSI: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of New Zealand

Grade Level: Sixth Grade

Unit Summary: CSI (Champion Students Investigate) Students will investigate the country New
Zealand. They will compare and contrast data in both countries in each content area.

21st Century Themes: Civic Literacy, Environmental Literacy, Economic and Global Awareness

Learning Targets: Completely interdisciplinary, project-based, global, and multicultural for rising sixth
grade students. Student products ranging from environmental research reports, to service learning
projects, to student-produced photo essays, scientific and historic documentaries, and video game

Summative Assessment: Students will choose one element of their summer project to place in their
portfolio. This task will allow students to reflect and review their learning process.
Formative Assessments: Learning activities in the summer project.

Directions: Read each set of directions for each content area. Resources are available as well as
attachments for some of the activities.

M6N1. Students will understand the meaning of the four arithmetic operations as related to positive rational
numbers and will use these concepts to solve problems.
f. Use fractions, decimals, and percents interchangeably.
M6D1. Students will pose questions, collect data, represent and analyze the data, and interpret results.
b. Using data, construct frequency distributions, frequency tables, and graphs.
Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Graphs!
    Read analyze and interpret graphs for the United States and New Zealand to make a
       comparison of the two countries.
    Make conjectures (write a statement to describe the data in the graph) for each graph.
    Create new graphs that represent comparisons to show how the two countries differ.
       (Choose at least five areas shown in the graphs to make your comparison, i.e. 1 graph for
       comparison used). Write a short summary for each graph.
Money & Banking- Convert US dollars to New Zealand dollars.
Research to determine the exchange rate for US dollars to New Zealand dollars.
     Determine the difference in the exchange rates using fractions, decimals and percent. Make a
        chart to display exchange rates for US currency to New Zealand currency.

Social Studies
SS6G: Recognize the physical environment of New Zealand.
SS6G: Recognize landforms, natural resources, and natural hazards of New Zealand.
SS6CG: Recognize the government system of New Zealand.
SS6H: Describe the culture and development of the Maori people of New Zealand.

      Students will explore the physical geography of New Zealand and the history of the island
       nation including its people. Examine the physical map of New Zealand. Take a virtual
       expedition of New Zealand. Write notes in your passport journal. Create a passport to visit
       New Zealand. (See attachment)
      Resources: www.freeworldmaps.net http://www.virtualoceania.net/newzealand/photos/

S6E5d. Recognize that lithospheric plates constantly move and cause major geographical events on
the earth’s crust. S6E5e. Explain the effects of physical processes (plate tectonics) on geological
features including the oceans.

     What’s Crackin’ under New Zealand? Students will create an interactive video game trivia
      Wheel of Fortune about plate tectonics. Apply research skills to explain how plate tectonics
      are connected to the formation and occurrences of volcano and earthquakes in New
      Zealand. (See attachment)
   Some helpful research resources:
    http://www.science-class.net/Geology/plate_tectonics.htm

      http://www.extremescience.com/how-plate-tectonics-works.htm

      http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/earths-tectonic-

Language Arts
ELA6R1cc. Relates a literary work to historical events of the period.
ELA6W2gh. Concludes with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the composition.
ELA6W4a. Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully.

      PowerPoint Commentaries: Choose any 10 PowerPoint slides and create a caption for each
       to share what you learned about New Zealand from the PowerPoint presentation.
      Compare and Contrast the Music of the US and New Zealand. Complete a Venn diagram to
       compare and contrast the different forms of Maori music and US music. For example, the US
       has pop, rock, jazz, and hip hop. The Maori culture has karakia, patere, and instrumental.
       See attachment.

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