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Celebrating Scientific Contributions: Black History Month Digital Stories
Hello Apple Teachers -
I want to share with you a project that my students have enjoyed these past few years. This digital story work focuses on middle school students collaborating and co-authoring an inspirational project with a first grade partner or partners.
Working with both my middle school Science colleague and my first grade homeroom teams, we generate a list of black American scientists. This list is then presented to the eighth graders to preview and select a scientist of interest. The eighth graders conduct research on their scientist focusing on his/her field of study and significant contribution. At this point in the project, the middle school students will design a digital storyboard outlining their initial story concept. These storyboards are then presented to their first grade co-authors, who will learn about the scientist and suggest changes to the design.
Students work together to compose a fun, inspiring, story about the black American scientist. The final stories are shared with the greater school community in a special Black History Month presentation.
What I love about this collaboration is that it promotes a variety of soft skills: communication, teamwork, time management, patience, troubleshooting, and creative thinking.
Hope you're inspired to try it or something similar in your communities!