After recording predictions and supporting reasoning for where they would end up should they dig a hole in their back yard, students will use world maps and math to determine actual antipodes. (An antipode, from any point on a sphere, is the point on the diametrically opposite side.)
Working on antipodes will lead to productive discussions of topics that will range from literature to physics. This activity can be a review of (or an introduction to) latitude and longitude.
An overview, tips, guidance, interdisciplinary extensions, and topics for reflection accompany the core lesson. Throughout the unit, students will think, create meaningful products, and make important contributions to their own learning. Students can focus on topics that interest them and can build on the skills and knowledge they learned in previous activities.
Supplemental Interdisciplinary Extensions are the core of my lessons. Most of the Extensions included in my lessons are unique to each lesson, are rigorous enough to stand alone, and are easily applied from one lesson to another.
Over 30 interdisciplinary Extensions (cognitive and affective strategies that will help students develop skills, improve identified weaknesses, and master content) are included. The varied and flexible Extensions offer opportunities for students to make connections between subject areas and between current activities and previous learning. Making such connections will help students develop the skills and thinking necessary to be successful with topics that are increasingly challenging.
In addition, students will experience the sense of empowerment that comes from taking a leadership role in their own education by setting and working toward goals. They will learn to use time, plan well, work with others, and rely on themselves.
Teachers do not have to be the expert for Extensions. Instead, teachers should be a resource for students as they independently and deliberately investigate areas of interest.