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Derby Middle School

Harlan Elementary School
1300 Derby Road

3595 N. Adams Road
Birmingham, MI 48009

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

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Goals: promote scientific literacy through the use of technology, research, creativity, and creation of public service announcements to showcase their learning with authentic audiences. The NGSS disciplinary core idea, Human Impacts and Earth Systems, was a focus.

Today's Learning Targets:

  1. I will learn about the NGSS DCI (Human Impact and Earth Systems)

  2. I will be learn about the components of this project

    • Scientific research (noodle tools, digital literacy, using CERS Model)

    • Technology integration (research, databases, video equipment)

    • Engineering constructive feedback and redesign thinking

    • Artistic presentation (Synthesis), editing, and creative assembly of images, language, timing, and music

    • Math powerful evidence, facts, and mathematical reasoning including qualitative and quantitative data

  3. I will create an iMovie trailer

  4. Participants will brainstorm ideas, collaborate, and share


iMovie trailer storyboards

iMovie Trailer Tutorial

Constructive Feedback

Climate Change
Water Pollution 5th Hour
The Evil Invasive Species
Global Warming 3rd Hour

Student 2
Emily and Alexis
World Hunger


Oil Spills Affect Wildlife

Joanne Rowe

Barbara Pepper

Ann Cole

Julia Alder

  • Third Grade Teacher
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning Facilitator
  • Joanne is passionate inspiring kids to want to learn more
  • Igniting student curiosity and harnessing their energy to push their thinking
  • Birmingham Public Schools Teacher of the Year
  • National Promising Practice Recognition
  • Loves environmental education.
  • Barbara has forty years of teaching experience.
  • Her passion for science education and constructivism serves students well.
  • State of Michigan, William Stapp Environmental Educator of the Year
  • National Promising Practice Recognition
  • Twenty-nine years of teaching experience.
  • She is K-12 teacher specializing in curriculum and instruction.
  • Ann is particularly interested in the role that Character Education plays into academic achievement.
  • National Promising Practice Recognition
  • Fifteen years teaching experience
  • Math and Science Teacher
  • 21st Century Teacher & Facilitator
  • National Promising Practice Recognition
Barbara, Ann, & Julia ready to start our day at Derby Middle School
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE; 2012b) defined character comprehensively as including:
According to Berkowitz and Bier (2005), The Character Education Partnership (CEP)
defined character education as:
Understanding, self-efficacy, social skills, environmental support, and behavior. The character education program should provide students with opportunities to develop understanding through in-depth discussions at home and in school about real problems and belief in their ability to act on their values. Students should have opportunities to develop healthy life skills such as assertive communication, empathic listening, helping and help seeking, self-assessment, decision-making, analyzing influences, managing emotions, and critical thinking. The climate of the school should support the use of these skills. Students should be given opportunities to apply these skills in service to their communities, such as through crossage tutoring, peer mediation, and service-learning opportunities. (p. 1)
A national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others. (p. 2)