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If you're looking for an in-depth, cross-subject unit with lots of student voice and choice and guaranteed high engagement levels, then this is the project for you!
In this Gold Standard Project Based Learning unit, students act as historians by interviewing their grandparents or special friends about their hobbies as a child. The students then use this information to write and illustrate a narrative book about their grandparent's hobby using their knowledge about story elements.
The book will include a map showing where the hobby originated. The completed books can be added to your class library to aid in the goal of diversifying the book selection and making it more representative of students in your community.
Finally, students draft a hypothesis about what factors (e.g. location, time, technology, gender, etc.) cause their own hobbies to be similar and different from those of their grandparents.
The unit contains everything you need to teach this month-long unit, including: