Exploring Colorado Through Project-Based Learning: Geography, History, Government, Economics & More

Gallopade International
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Exploring Colorado through Project-Based Leaning includes 50 well-thought-out projects designed for grades 3-5. In assigning your students projects that dig into ColoradoÕs geography, history, government, economy, current events, and famous people, you will deepen their appreciation and understanding of Colorado while simultaneously improving their analytical skills and ability to recognize patterns and big-picture themes.

Project-based learning today is much different than the craft-heavy classroom activities popular in the past. Inquiry, planning, research, collaboration, and analysis are key components of project-based learning activities today. However, that doesnÕt mean creativity, individual expression, and fun are out. They definitely arenÕt!

Each project is designed to help students gain important knowledge and skills that are derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subject areas. Students are asked to analyze and solve problems, to gather and interpret data, to develop and evaluate solutions, to support their answers with evidence, to think critically in a sustained way, and to use their newfound knowledge to formulate new questions worthy of exploring.

While some projects are more complex and take longer than others, they all are set up in the same structure. Each begins with the central project-driving questions, proceeds through research and supportive questions, has the student choose a presentation option, and ends with a broader-view inquiry. Rubrics for reflection and assessments are included, too. This consistent framework will make it easier for you assign projects and for your students to follow along and consistently meet expectations.

Encourage your students to take charge of their projects as much as possible. As a teacher, you can act as a facilitator and guide. The projects are structured such that students can often work through the process on their own or through cooperation with their classmates.
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About the author

Carole Marsh is the creative force behind more than 15,000 children's books, state-aligned curriculum, and supplemental educational materials. Founded in 1979, Marsh's popular series, Real Kids! Real Places!, originated from her own children's request for her to write books for kids. It is aimed at young readers ages 7-14. This original series now has 50 titles. Since its inception more than 36 years ago, Carole has created eight additional mystery series, all including real characters, historical and factual information, and tons of hilarious mishaps!

Carole Marsh instinctive kid-friendly approach toward making reading and learning both fun and educational has earned her considerable attention in the literary world. She is a six-time winner of the Teacher's Choice for the Classroom award from Learning Magazine; two-time Academic's Choice Smart Book award winner; four-time award winner from Creative Child Magazine and the 2015 Moonbeam Silver Medal award recipient.

A Georgia native, Marsh was honored by the Georgia Writer's Association with the Georgia Author of the Year award in 2007. Having garnered these and other prestigious awards for superior products, as well as respect in the educational market, Gallopade has grown into an international, multi-million-dollar publishing concern highly favored by the educational community.

In 2015, Gallopade introduced Bluffton Books, an imprint with over 15 titles. Bluffton Books is a culmination of more than 37 years of writing. With an eclectic mix of themes and reading ages, Bluffton Books has appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

With more than one million of her mysteries sold to date, Carole Marsh's ever-increasing nationwide readership is testament that her motto "give 'em what they want to read" is truly a secret for success.
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Publisher
Gallopade International
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Published on
Apr 1, 2016
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Pages
56
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ISBN
9780635123800
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Activity Books
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This content is DRM protected.
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Carole Marsh
The book begins on the 25th day of May in the year 1787, as a group of America's founding fathers walked up the steps of the State House in Philadelphia. They were enjoying the late spring weather as the delegations from seven states arrived for the Federal Convention. The members of the Convention were there to amend the Articles of Confederation. But by mid-June, with discussions and debates in full swing in the summer heat, the men were growing hot under their powdered wigs and layers of colonial dress-and they had had enough of the Articles of Confederation! These great American patriots decided to throw the book out the window and draft an entirely new form of government - one which the world had never seen. And it's a good thing they did! In this book, kids will swelter in the heat and swat away the horseflies in the building known as Independence Hall. They will debate the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin as they work through the summer to draft the most important document in United States history: the Constitution for the United States of America! A partial list of the Table of Contents include: A Timeline of Events What is the Constitution? Articles of Confederation The Great Compromise Ramble through the Preamble Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Bill of Rights Constitution Trivia Glossary And More! This fun-fill activity book includes: Fact or Opinion Cause and Effect Matching Answer the Questions Multiple Choice And Much More!
Carole Marsh
A new shark species has been discovered off the South Carolina coast! Avery and Evan beg to "see real sharks!" - maybe even discover a megalodon (giant prehistoric shark!) tooth. But something's wrong at the shark reef and the mystery needs to be solved "BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT BAD!" "We gotta save the sharks!" Clues lead them on a wild adventure of fun, science, and high-tech gear."Take a bite of this mystery and you can't put it down!"

Children learn about the amazing prehistoric megalodon shark, as well as the role sharks play in nature, biodiversity, the food chain, and the need to protect and conserve wildlife. This title is aimed at boys and girls ages 7-14. Before they know it, the kids are mixed up in an adventurous mystery where clues require them to use their best science, technology, engineering and math skills to find the answers! Mystery books have always been a great higher-order, critical-thinking genre, and the "real Kid characters" in this series eagerly get into using high-demand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to solve each mystery!

Additionally, each book has a great STEM section in the back with extra information on the science, math, technology, and problem-solving skills that are in the story, plus an extensive glossary, animal facts, and more! Who knew learning could be so fun?!!

In this mystery, there are additional pages filled with science, technology, engineering and math you can use to learn about and solve problems such as:
1. Discover the Engineering Design Process
2. What is a polygon?
3. Shark sizes: Little, Big, and Mega-Big!
4. Learn about the difference between high tide or low tide?
5. Learn that not all shark teeth are alike
6. Discover sharks at risk
7. What is SONAR
8. Impression your friends with your shark facts

Like all of Carole Marsh's Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 2
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 163110
Lexile Measure: 690
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40
Carole Marsh
In The Mystery at Dolphin Cove you will encounter: One dolphin darling! Two bottlenoses breaching! Three dejected dolphins! Four wet kids! And lots of click and whistles!

Avery, Ella, and Evan love dolphins! So when they get invited to see them up close and personal, they jump at the chance - just like their new dolphin pals Marco and Polo! But when dolphins start disappearing all along the coast, the kids are determined to find out what - or who - is the culprit! "We're got to save the dolphins!"æ

Clever clues lead the kids on a wet and wild adventure full of science, high-tech gear, and LOTS of fun. Take a dive into this mystery, and you'll be hooked!

Before they know it, the kids are mixed up in an adventurous mystery where clues require them to use their best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to find the answers! Can they solve the mystery before the rattlesnake strikes?!

In this mystery, there are additional pages filled with STEM materials you can use to learn about and solve problems such as:
1. Labeled diagram of a Bottlenose dolphin
2. Impress your friends with you knowledge of dolphin facts
3. Learn about the math term probability
4. Explore 3D printing - "it's the next big thing"
5. Discover how dolphins communicate
6. Learn the etymology of dolphins
7. Discover how the sun warms the earth
8. Memorize the words in the glossary

Like all of Carole Marsh's Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.6
Accelerated Reader Points: 2
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 167202
Lexile Measure: 660
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40
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