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Research Modules

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Research Modules and Slam Dunks!

 

 

 Art     ELA/Reading     Family Studies/Health     Foreign Language     Math      Music     PE      Science      Social Studies

 

Art 

Landscapes ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How do artists use the landscape to communicate their observations about ecology and the interaction of man-made materials with the natural environment?  

Self-Portraits ...Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How does an artist use art elements to create the principles of design in order to convey personal ideas? 

Still Life ....Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How do artists use compositional and media techniques to communicate intended effects in a still life composition?

English/Language Arts/Reading 

Grade 6

Cultural Expressions: The Iron Ring  (GT)...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: What is the role of heritage and culture in shaping a person's perspective?

 Dedicated Animals ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: Aside from being companions, how have animals served humans?

Disaster Strikes! Survival and Relationships in The Cay ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How are people and their relationships affected by a disaster?

Esperanza Rising ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How does an understanding of the historical and cultural background of Esperanza Rising enhance your reading of the novel?

Gary Paulsen Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How do our experiences shape who we become?

  Mark Twain: Biographical Criticism ... Slam Dunk!
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Essential Question: In what ways are texts influenced by the life experiences of authors? 

Meet Mr Shakespeare GT ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: Who was William Shakespeare, and how did he become one of the most popular and influential authors of all time?

Meet the Olympians Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How will the gods and goddesses influence human affairs?

Power of the Pen: Writers as Agents of Social Change (GT) ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How can writers serve as agents of change in society?

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How does learning about the historical period help you to better understand the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes?

 Screenplay, Take 1! (GT) ... Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How do I create a dystopian society screenplay?

Shaping My Environment ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How can I persuade my local delegate to support my position on an environmental issue?

Grade 7

Epidemic Experts ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How do the time period, location, and people's roles in a society impact their response to an epidemic?

Exploring Setting in A Raisin in the Sun ,,, Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How does the setting in Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun compare to contemporary Baltimore County?

Fever 1793 ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question:How did the the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 affect the growth and development of the city of Philadelphia?

The Miracle Worker Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: Why did the author title this play "The Miracle Worker?"

 Naturalism in Literature GT ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How is the theme of naturalism depicted in literature?

Setting the Stage: The Taming of the Shrew GT ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: What information do theater group members need in order to stage an authentic production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew?

 We Are Our Choices ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did the choices made by a famous Marylander have a significant impact on his/her life?

Grade 8

All the World's a Stage: Western Drama from Ancient Greece to Shakespeare's England... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did Western drama evolve from ancient Greece to Shakespeare's England?

American Civil War: Background Research for Historical Fiction ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How does an understanding of the historical and cultural background of the American Civil War enhance your reading of historical fiction set in this time period?

Dickens in Our Day (GT) ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How do contemporary artists use their creative works as a vehicle for social criticism?

 Dickens in Our Day (GT)... Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How do contemporary artists use their creative works as a vehicle for social criticism?

Farewell to Manzanar (GT)... Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: What kind of emotions did the internees feel as a result of living in the camps?

 Liberté, égalité, fraternité! (GT- A Tale of Two Cities)... Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: Is a revolution a justifiable means of changing the power structure in a society? Why or why not?

Persuasion Power...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How can I use persuasive techniques and information from research to effectively influence the opinions or actions of others?

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Judging the Authenticity of Historical Fiction ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How authentic is Mildred D. Taylor's depiction of African American life in the South during the 1930's in the historical novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

What's in a Play? A Midsummer Night's Dream ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Questions:

  • What is "real?"
  • Why do people have different perceptions of reality?
  • How is identity defined by how others perceive you and by how you perceive yourself?
  • How are relationships influenced by power?

Family Studies/Health 

  Alcohol Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How can you avoid the dangers of alcohol?

 Bullying Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: What are the characteristics of a friend versus a bully?

 Bullying Special Education Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Queastion:How can you appropriately respond to and prevent bullying?

Drug Abuse...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How do decisions I make now concerning drug use affect my future?

 Families ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: What is a family?

  Handwashing ...Special Education Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Question: How are germs spread?

  Heart Disease ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Question: How can you prevent heart disease?

  Marijuana: Where Do You Stand?... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Question: Why should marijuana be legalized or remain illegal?

  Pedestrian Safety ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Question: How can we be safe in the world in which we and be more aware of our surroundings?

  Physivcal Activity ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Question: How can you evaluate physical activities in order to determine which exercises/activities benefit your body the most? 

What's in a Label? ...Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How can you evaluate nutritional information in order to determine which breakfast foods are the healthiest? 

Grade 8

Pregnancy ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
Essential Question: How does a fetus develop?

Foreign Language 

 

Math 

Fractals...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: What essential information about FRACTALS should you communicate to graphic design company representatives when applying for a summer internship?

Music 

Music Around the World ...Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How does the purpose of music vary in different cultures around the world?

National Anthems ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How are your cultural values reflected in your countries' national anthem?

Native American Music...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question:How does music relate to the values, beliefs, and daily lives of the Native American people?

Physical Education 

  

Science

Grade 6

Biomes Here and There ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How do biotic and abiotic factors influence ecosystems around the world?

Energy Transformations Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: What are the specific energy transformations that matter undergoes?

Experimenting with Experiments ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How does conducting multiple experiments and selecting an appropriate variable help you prove or disprove a hypothesis?

Misconception Busters: Seasons... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How can you help debunk common science misconceptions and inform your community in order to help improve our thinking?

Potential and Kinetic Energy Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How do you describe the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy in moving objects?

Grade 7

Bed Bugs and Natural Selection Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How does Darwin’s theory of  natural selection apply to the development of pesticide resistance in bed bugs?

Bridges and Earthquakes ... Seasons... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How can bridges be designed to withstand an earthquake?

Diseases, Conditions, and Disabilities...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How might you justify the spending of federal dollars for more research to improve the medical care or cure rate for this disease?

Earthquakes Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: What is the relationship between plate tectonics and the magnitude of an earthquake?

The Rock Cycle Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How can the processes that change one form of rock into another be described?

Grade 8

Asian Suminoe Oysters and the Chesapeake DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: Will Asian Suminoe oysters help or harm the natural processes of the Chesapeake Bay?

Bald Eagles and the Chesapeake Bay DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How can human activity affect populations within the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem?

 Climate Change Mysteries Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability)
Essential Question: What evidence can we use to that climate change is caused by natural processes or by humans?

Energy and the Environment...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question:How do the differences in obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy from various sources impact the environment?

Food Chains in the Chesapeake DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How could fluctuations in the population of something as small as a water flea affect predators like raccoons and herons? How do changes in the food chain affect other organisms in the Chesapeake Bay?

Hangin' in the Chesapeake ... Curriculum Alignment DCMM Essential Question: How does the interdependence of organisms in the Chesapeake Bay affect the natural processes of the Bay?

How Humans Affect SAV DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How do things you do in your everyday life affect SAV (Submerged Aquatic Vegetation) in the Chesapeake?

Human Activity and Watersheds Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How does human activity in your neighborhood impact the water quality of the watershed in which you live?

Land Biomes: Nature's Balancing Act...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question:How does the interdependency of organisms in an environment affect the balance of an ecosystem?

Misconception Busters ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How can you help debunk common science misconceptions and inform your community in order to help improve our thinking?

Our Changing Chesapeake ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How does our use of natural resources impact the quality of the environment?

Pfiesteria...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: What impact do humans have on the ecosystem?

Nonnative Species and the Chesapeake Bay DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: Which nonnative species poses the greatest threat to the Chesapeake and why?

Pollution and the Chesapeake Bay DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How do pollutants affect organisms - like SAV - in the Chesapeake?

SAV in the Chesapeake DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: What is SAV and why should I care?

SAVing the SAV ... Curriculum Alignment DCMM
Essential Question: How can human activity facilitate the growth of SAV in the Chesapeake Bay?

Tornadoes Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: What conditions are necessary for the formation of tornadoes?

Social Studies

Grade 6

Amazon Rainforest Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How does the Amazon rainforest meet the economic wants of people throughout the world? India: Economic Development Slam Dunk
Essential Question: How would you economically develop South Asia in order to raise the standard of living?

 

Journey to Japan ...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How do traditional values, beliefs, and institutions
play a role in today's Japanese society?

The Legacy of Ancient China..Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: What were the important contributions from Ancient Chinese dynasties and and how did these contributions influence European and Asian culture?

Pre-Columbian Societies...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How can you apply criteria used to define a civilization to the Pre-Columbian societies?

The Tokugawa Period of Japan ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: How did the Tokugawa Periuod impact the people of Japan?

Grade 7

Africa: Economic Development Slam Dunk
Essential Question: How would you economically develp an African country in order to raise the standard of living?

Age of Reason Slam Dunk

Essential Question: How did the Enlightment and the Scientific Revelution change people's perceptions of the world?

Ancient Greece and Rome ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: Which achievements of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome have had the greatest impact on the world community?

Changing World Views: Middle Ages to Renaissance (GT)...Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did the developments of the Renaissance shift perspectives about personal identity?

Comparing Economic Development of African Nations DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
Essential Question: Which information source yields more important information: photographs or charts?

Islam Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How do the beliefs and practices of Islam impact the daily lives of its followers?

Medieval Europe ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did a particular group or institution influence the culture during the Middle Ages?

United Nations: Consequences of War Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How did the world wars of the 20th century change the way countries interact with each other?

Grade 8

Bias in the Media Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How does bias demonstrated by the mass media impact a person's perception of a topic?
Billy Yank and Johnny Reb: Soldiers' Lives in the American Civil War ...
Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did soldiers' expectations about Civil War life compare to their actual wartime experiences?

British Policies After the French and Indian War Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)  
Essential Question: How did British policies and the reaction of the Colonists lead to the American Revolution?

Checks and Balances ... Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: Why is the system of checks and balances an essential aspect of the American system of government?

Indian Removal and the Politics of Westward Expansion... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How does the treatment of a minority group impact an entire nation?

Journey of Discovery with Lewis and Clark ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: Should Lewis and Clark be considered national heroes?

Marbury vs. Madison Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How did the Marbury vs. Madison court decision help shape the role of the federal government?

Old Ways - New Lives ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did various social groups contribute
to colonial American society?

Primary or Secondary? Slam Dunk!
Essential Question: How can primary and secondary sources help me understand the past?

Turnpike to Golden Spike ... Curriculum Alignment
Essential Question: How did the development of systems of transportation during the 19th century impact westward expansion?

 

 

   

 

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