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American Robin: A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons

Explore and write about what kinds of plants and animals robins eat.

Civics: Civic Engagement

Define a project and meet with a community partner. Present the community problem and proposed solutions to a special session of the city council.

Civics: Constitutional Convention

Simulate the writing of a constitution for the hypothetical country of Permistan.

Civics: Controversial Public Policy Issues

Conduct an opinion poll on-racial profiling. Physically engage students by having them move around from “Agree” to “Disagree” to “Undecided” positions during discussion.

Civics: Electoral Politics

Prior to the 2002 mayoral election in Newark, New Jersey, students study the candidates’ positions on issues they have chosen to track.

Europe - European Cities

Create a brochure promoting a European city and write a letter proposing future plans to improve it.

Europe - European Integration? European Union Membership Activity

Role-play representatives from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine, apply for entry to the EU and make a presentation to the EU Council of Ministers.

Civics: Freedom of Religion

Simulate a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on a First amendment case about a Texas school district delivering prayers over the intercom.

Global Forces / Local Impact - Philadelphia's Schuylkill River

On a class field trip to historic Bartram’s Garden, pupils learn how the local watershed area of the Schuylkill River has changed over time.

Global Forces / Local Impact - What is Quality of Life? An Indonesian Case Study

Make global comparisons of quality of life indicators with those of Indonesia.

Latin America - Mexico: Motive to Migrate

Consider the several push-pull factors involved in the migration of Mexican workers to the Maquiladoras of Monterrey, and to the U.S. for seasonal work, then back home to north central Mexico.

Latin America - Volcanoes, Trenches, and Plate Boundaries

Study the locations of trenches and volcanoes and learn the relationship between them. Discuss the pros and cons of living near a volcano.

North Africa / Southwest Asia - How a Country's Boundaries Are Shaped

Examine the past and present boundaries of Jerusalem and the reasons why and how these came about.

North Africa / Southwest Asia - The Gift of the Nile: Egypt and Its River

Examine how human interaction with the environment has altered the annual flooding of the Nile River and what the implications are for the region.

North Africa / Southwest Asia - Gaza: The Two Perspectives

By looking at different perspectives in news articles and working in small groups, develop a better understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

North America - Analyzing Philadelphia's Historical Maps

On a field trip to see historic maps, analyze how resources influence settlement patterns, and how land- and cityscapes change due to urbanization.

North America - Enterprise Communities in Denver

Use data and models to define the location of economically distressed neighborhoods located in Denver.

North America - San Antonio Growth and Expansion

Consider the impacts of human migration on physical and human systems and ask "where will the future growth of San Antonio occur?"

Civics: Patriotism & Foreign Policy

What should the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world be? And what artifacts should be selected for a Museum of Patriotism and Foreign Policy?

Civics: Public Policy & the Federal Budget

Create, present, revise, and defend a Federal budget, and then reflect on what was learned.

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