In a busy school with a complex curriculum, the ongoing challenge is to ensure that the students understand that everything is important and that we can find the time to make everything happen. One way to both find such efficiencies and deepen our students learning is by engaging in cross-curricular teaching and learning. We celebrate Black History Month each February, and instead of simply making posters and morning announcements, we have encouraged our students to highlight the achievements of African-Americans (and Canadians) using technological and other skills that they have learned at school. One of our Grade 3 classes put their engineering skills to the test by designing a pop-up stage (see below) and by using videos linked through QR Codes to share their Black History Month stories. You can scan the codes below (using a QR-enabled smartphone camera or a QR-scanning app) to see some examples of the students’ work. Through one project, the students have learned about history, inclusion, public speaking, and two key components of STEM: Engineering and Technology.
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