The government is has a secret. They’re not sure exactly what is happening, but they’ve been trying to hide it from the public while they gather information. Scientists are calling the phenomenon the Dome. Multiple missions have taken place with almost 50 researchers, scientists, and government personnel entering the Dome. At this time no one has returned from a mission.
Now your students have been chosen to go on the next EXPEDITION.
is a project based learning activity that integrates elements of creative writing, art, STEM, and ELA skills as students build an open-ended story where they will fill in gaps, make decisions, and create their own story to this mystery.
At the end of this PBL activity students will have a created an original narrative story filled with amazing subplots and rich details. This PBL does not have an ending (unless the students create one) and are left to develop their ideas and finish the expedition.
Students may need to have access to a variety of resources to complete this PBL. This could include maps, internet access, and laptops/computers/devices.
There are over 20 activities (most are 1 page each) for students to complete. Each page involves an issue or topic they must solve, design, create, or research.
As students work through each page, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes based on information they learn. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on the creator’s imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.
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PAGE Title Contents
7 Title Page
9 What We Know, Pros and Cons
Students learn about the expedition they are about to embark on. They must weigh the pros and cons of making this trip.
10 Gear Check
Students brainstorm what kind of gear they will need for the trip.
11 Picking the Crew
Students must select three people for the trip and fill out profiles for them.
14 This is Really Happening
Students learn more details about the mysterious adventure.
15 Stepping Through the Dome
This is the beginning of the journey. Students will work on expanding their own storytelling abilities through imagination and creativity.
16 Must Do Immediately
Students must decide on four items the team must do immediately and tell why they need to complete them.
Students begin to encounter a variety of habitats within the dome, where they need to illustrate and describe what they see.
18 Some Kind of Bug
Students appear to discover a new bug, where they’ll write about it and draw it.
20 Under the Dome & Holding Together
Students will complete these two short writing prompts about their current time under the dome.
21 Plant Life
Students discover a new plant, which they’ll need to create.
22 Habitats Collide
Students see that habitats are merging together, which is something that shouldn’t typically happen based on scientific history.
24 The Environment As We Know It...
Students are exposed to the idea that their current environment is unlike anything ever seen.
25 Something In The Water
Students spot some type of animal in the water, except this one is a bit of a surprise.
26 An Old Journal
Students find a journal from past explorations. It’s a warning to them.
27 The Campsite
Students find an old campsite and older mysteries.
28 In The Clearing
Something is in the clearing, unlike anything they’ve ever seen.
29 Missing Team Member
Someone’s gone missing. Do you look for them or continue on?
30 The Elk
Students continue to figure out that nothing in this dome is as it seems.
31 Stop and Think
Students must generate answers to some of the strange happenings around them. Much of this section involves students creating their own storylines to the world they are in.
33 Mapping It
Students create a map of where they started and where they’ve been. This will be different for each student.
34 Plant Lives
Plants here are unlike anything people have ever seen.
35 We’re Changing
Reality and imagination begin to blur for the expedition. What is happening?
36 Cabin In The Woods
The expedition finds an empty cabin, but there’s a cellar that been opened recently. Write what happens next...
37 To Be Continued
At this portion of the project, students will create their own ending to the story. They can complete it in 3 sections: Write a story, create a graphic novel/comic, or create a map with locations that tell the story.
Students can write a narrative story to telling the tale of the expedition. This can be completed on the pages provided or their own paper.
43 Graphic Novel
Students may create a comic of how this story ends. There are NINE comic strip panels provided (or students can create their own).
49 Map It Out
Students can create a full map which will can included up to nine locations, which will tell the the story of the expedition.
-All pages can be geared towards multiple grade levels, although for some younger students the teacher may need to give more explicit instructions.
-Students may choose to use multiple resources to complete each page. They might even choose to work with a partner, but you get final say on that.
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