With the COVID-19 pandemic, school buildings across the country closed, and teaching and learning shifted almost overnight to being done remotely. Join the AFT and Share My Lesson to learn about a positive way you can help K-12 students wrap up the current school year on a positive note: Culminating Capstone Projects. Keeping in mind many students’ limited access to technology, you can use these newly designed capstone lessons from the AFT to help students demonstrate their learning during this unprecedented interruption in schooling.
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A cadre of preK-12 AFT members from across the nation jointly designed standards-based, integrated content, offering capstone project ideas that are grade-level and developmentally appropriate. These projects will enable students to demonstrate learning in a variety of ways, such as writing a story or song, scrapbooking and counting objects in the home. These capstone projects can be utilized to wrap up the school year, be used to complete a voluntary summer learning program, or even serve as a re-entry into the next school year—whenever that happens. Teachers can adapt and modify the capstone project ideas, making them unique for their classrooms. All of the necessary resources have been provided (e.g., hyperlinks, activity sheets, question prompts, etc.) to make them easy to use. Most of all, we want students to feel good about all they know!
Get ideas on how to use the capstone projects for any grade level and for students with any type of access (or no access) to technology. Here are the themes for each grade band:
- The Grades K-2 "All About Me" project can be customized to focus on mathematics, science, reading and art.
- The Grades 3-5 "We Are All Connected" project is designed to meet academic standards for science, social studies, English language arts and math.
- The Grades 6-8 "The Power of Story in a Changing World" project can be customized to focus on mathematics, science, social studies or music.
- The Grades 9-12 "Overcoming Challenges Through the Lens of Social Justice" project encourages students to select a struggle of their own choosing and carry out a project that can be adapted to meet academic standards for ELA, social studies, or science and math.
Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.
Original air date: May 21, 2020