Trina Thomson

Soon the students will be placed into one of five expert groups for this case study entitled "The Climb" part of which takes an in-depth look at what lives on the mountains. They will work with their expert group to learn all about a specific Wasatch Mountain Life Zone. They will be responsible for fulfilling a specific role in their expert group and will be graded by their peers for their level of contribution. Part of this project is an individual effort based task which invites the students to become an expert on one specific plant and one specific animal that lives in the Wasatch Mountain Range (at their expert group life zone elevation). The students will be given a note-catcher to help them research and record the required information for this individual student task. The students may need to bring this note catcher home, along with any other printed material that will help them continue their in-depth study of their specific plant or animal that we will start in class. This is an at school and partially at home assignment. The note catcher should not take too long to fill out and will be an important starting point for the students' further exploration. You may have assisted them with this research and note catcher.

No two students are researching the same plant or animal so what they create from this research will be unique to our mountain display in our classroom.

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4-5 Expeditions for 2017 - 18:

Fall: Students will take a deeper, more detailed “look” at something that they see every day in their backyard, the Wasatch Mountains. In investigation 1,  students will identify, compare, and contrast Utah mountain habitats.  During investigation 2, students will study evidence of plate activity to answer the question “What is happening beneath our feet?” Students will then investigate mountain composition, including rocks, minerals, and fossils. Lastly students will discover how mountains are changed and affected by weathering, erosion and deposition.

Spring: Transcontinental Railroad Our first case study will focus on setting the scene for the “big race,” including laws that allowed for this growth in our country, the investors who participated, and the conditions and rules.  Then we will focus our attention on the Union Pacific.  We will focus on their workers, their challenges, and their accomplishments.  Then we will shift attention to the Central Pacific’s workers, challenges, and accomplishments.  We will end our expedition by studying the outcomes of the race, and the progress that followed.  Our students will be portraying the lives of some of the players of the TRR through perspective writing and dramatic tableaus. We will celebrate at Venture Academy by performing our Tableaus for the community.