The Cell for President Election Unit Project challenges students to create cell characters to run for the presidential election. This cross curricular unit ties together Science, Social studies, Language Arts, Math, Technology, and Religion. At least two weeks are needed to complete this project. The following standards are covered in this summative project:
Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 7 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)