The Place Project is an interdisciplinary project that requires students to research a place (a city, a country, a region, etc.) and to examine its geography, languages, traditions, cuisine, and more. Students learn new vocabulary each day that they incorporate into their presentations. Students must have access to computers during class in order to complete this project. If you prefer to do the project on paper, some prep will be involved on your end.
The project culminates in a live presentation that can be done with the whole class or in small groups. Students are given the opportunity to create note cards and to rehearse their presentations before the big day.
This unit includes:
- 15 Common Core aligned lesson plans that can be customized
- a PowerPoint to be used each day
- a model Place Project to be shared with students
- instructions for Google Drive signup (you can use another platform if you prefer)
- a KWL chart for the first day of the project
- vocabulary homework assignments (x6)
- vocabulary review games (x2)
- vocabulary quizzes (x2)
- end of unit exam (x1)
- exam review PPT
- presentation day handout
- project rubric
Please download the preview to see a sample lesson plan, a sample from the daily PPT, and a sample completed project. In the thumbnail section, you will see samples from the daily PPT.
Each day starts with a Do Now and includes vocabulary, a model paragraph, instructions for students, and a closing activity. Each day is formatted in a similar way to help you stay organized.
My students did a fantastic job with this project; we often show the completed projects at Parent Teacher Conferences. This unit was designed for English language learners, so the homework assignments are based around vocabulary. The exam includes vocabulary, geography, reading comprehension, and writing. It also includes extra credit. You can use this unit for students in grades 6-12 who are newcomers, beginners, or intermediate English language learners. You can also use this project in a SPED classroom (particularly in a self-contained language arts classroom).
Lesson plans are aligned to Common Core learning standards and to the Danielson framework.
Note: This unit requires that students have access to computers during class, but it can be modified if you prefer to have students complete the project on paper. The documents are in .docx and .pptx format so that you can customize them to meet the needs of your students.
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