Wednesday, October 2, 2013

To Fall or Not to Fall? - Fall of Roman Empire PBL Presentations

D.A.T.A. scholars in Room A-4 did a phenomenal job today giving group oral presentations answering the driving question to our "Fall of Rome" Project-Based Learning unit:  What factors cause a civilization to fall and how can it be prevented?  Performing in collaborative teams, students reported on their top three reasons Rome fell, they encouraged the audience with a community service project idea created by their team, and finally they reflected on how this project could help prevent America from a fall like that in Rome.  Presentations included skits, puppet shows, artistic posters, business cards, brochures, community service flyers, VTS discussion, audience interaction, PowerPoint presentations, and Movie-Maker movies (with music, videos, news casts, narration, skits, commercials, and more!).  What a fun day and a great way to celebrate and share student learning and success!  Enjoy a couple presentations below:

Full Presentation through narrated interactive PowerPoint:

Top 3 Reasons for Rome's Fall

Stop-motion animation showing Rome's weaknesses of poor leaders and betrayal:
VTS (Visible Thinking Strategies) Discussions:

Movies & Puppet Shows:

Community Service Project Ideas

Community Service in Action!
Students visit hospital and donate gifts to kids with cancer 
(gifts paid for by their own Bake Sale fundraiser earning over $100!):

 The went a bit over budget and this man helped pay the rest!


Advertising at D.A.T.A.'s Club Day to support the Humane Society:

Toy Donations for Foster Children:

Care kits:
 Bake Sales:
 How it will impact America...
 Student-created websites & Instagram profiles:

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