After researching ice cream and its ingredients and flavors, students will label geographical sources of their favorite flavors on a world wall map and hand-drawn student maps. This unit offers an inquiry and research-based interdisciplinary approach to education, with opportunities for personal reflection. Scream for Ice Cream will help develop the skills, interests, and abilities essential for lifelong learning. This unit also helps connect and reconnect students to learning as it empowers them to accept responsibility for their own learning for the sake of learning itself. The academic blend of research, application, and reflection provides rigorous and challenging academic content that easily connects with state and school district curriculums.
Students will learn or review:
• basic geography (e.g., major land masses, major bodies of water, map reading, latitude, longitude, vocabulary)
• mathematical determination of antipodal locations
• calculations of coordinates
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.
Over 40 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.