2014-15 Curriculum Project Grants

North County

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Aeronautics Math

Douglas Anderson
Arellanes Junior High School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students Learn how to use aircraft flight simulators. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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Discovering Statistics Through Relevant Data

Brooke Baarstad, Christine Watkins
Pioneer Valley High School
Santa Maria Jointt Union High School District

This project will teach students to be able to display and describe data using a variety of statistical methods defined in the CCSS standards for Algebra 1. Students will obtain real world data, choose appropriate methods to represent the data, and then describe or compare distributions in context.. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Project

Kristin Bornhoft
Orcutt Academy High School
Orcutt Union School District

In this project students will use their knowledge of anatomy learned throughout the year to research, observe, dissect, compare and make predictions about how structure and function are related in different vertebrate animals. Click here to view the lesson plans for this project.

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13 colonies exploration

Jennifer Cline
Oak Valley School
Buellton Union School District

Students will participate in project-based learning to discover information about the first colonial settlements, and the reasons that settlers chose to come from England. Click here for materials associated with this project.

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Native American Research Project

Barbara Courain
Vandenberg Middle School
Lompoc Unified School District

Students will critically examine readings, artistic paintings and videos to understand what happened to five major Native American groups during the Removal Act of 1850. This unit is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Click here for project materials.

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Recipes for Research

Kelly Davis
Pioneer Valley High School
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

This project asks for students to perform research on several of the foods mentioned in To Kill a Mockingbird novel and connect them to the ideas of social justice and equality, with the end result being a class cookbook that includes not only the recipes, but also the history and culture behind these Depression-era dishes and their symbolism in the novel. Click here for lesson materials.

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Visual Peace: Part 2 – Community Involvement

LeeAnne Del Rio
Ernest Righetti High School
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

The purpose and mission of Visual Peace Posters is to promote social justice and cultural awareness through a poster campaign designed by, promoted by, and supporting teenagers through Anti-Bullying posters Click here for the lesson materials.

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Researching the Revolution

Rheanna George
Vandenberg Middle School
Lompoc Unified School District

Students read Chains, the first book in Laurie Halse Anderson’s trilogy about enslaved teenagers during the American Revolution, as motivation to peruse a variety of print and digital sources about the novel’s historical background. Click here for lesson plans for this unit.

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The Playground Project

Stephanie Gogonis, Peggy Kelly
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District

After reading several articles about the benefits of active, imaginative play that involves a sense of risk, students tour their community’s playgrounds, evaluating how well they meet the needs of local children. In groups, students then design new playgrounds for the community, creating models or artist’s renderings and writing persuasive and descriptive pieces. Click here for project resources.

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Brave Harvest Wednesday

Jennifer Prye
Lompoc HIgh School
Lompoc Unified School District

Students participate in a monthly project based learning activity over the course of the spring semester where they study and deliver the District’s Harvest of the Month (http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/) to teachers and staff along with the produce’s nutrition fact. Click here for project materials.

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Eureka! California Pioneers and 49ers

Tracee Sudyka
Joe Nightingale School
Orcutt School District

This pioneer life/ Gold Rush project is intended to teach students about an important part of California history. Students will gain knowledge of this time period by reading, writing, and participating in simulation activities. Click here to access the lesson plans for this curriculum unit.

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South County

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FANTASY FOOTBALL

Holly Bosse
Mountain View School
Goleta Union School District

This is a comprehensive unit that provides students the opportunity to use or build knowledge in the areas of expository reading, algebra, statistics, economics, technology, art, critical thinking, collaborative interaction and of course, football. Click here to view the lesson plans for this project.

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Music is Physics!

Susannah Hoffman
Cleveland Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

This grant is specifically intended to support the development of innovative instructional lessons, units, or projects focusing on all aspects of performance art.
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From Seeds to Plants and Beyond

Debra Leiter-Weldy
Carpinteria Middle School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Debra’s 7th grade science team is creating a plant unit where students will gain a complete understanding of photosynthesis, seeds, seed dispersal, roots/stems/leaves, and plant reproduction through labs and activities both in the classroom and in the school garden. Click here for more information.

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A Watershed Moment-Using STEM to Reduce Marine Debris

Lisa Lisle
Brandon School
Goleta Union School District

While participating in a service-learning project, students collaborate to develop and maintain a Google Site in order to educate their peers and local community about the impact of marine debris. . Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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The Home Project

Shannon Saleh
La Colina Junior HIgh School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

The home Project is an oral history performance program designed to help teenagers look, listen, and get creatively engaged in things they’ve take for granted, fostering empathy and action in the present, in their communities and in their homes. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Tools for Literacy- Mastering Multiple Meaning Sight Words

Kelly Sanders
Ralph Dunlap School
Santa Barbara County Education Office

Kelly’s students will master the tools for literacy by learning the multiple meanings of sight words. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICANS – MANY YEARS AGO AND TODAY

Nora Zwehl Quintero
Kellogg School
Goleta Union School District

In this unit Nora’s students will study the California Native American from many years ago to present day. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Curriculum Project-Performing Arts

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Common Core State Standards through Bad Wolf Press Plays

Sylvia Figueroa
Canalino School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Students will learn the background knowledge for the play’s subject, then learn lines, songs, and parts individually, in small groups, and as a whole class. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Curriculum Project-Performing Arts

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It’s all in the Notes! : Using the Music of Language to Explore Math and Reading

Devon Nelson
Harding University Partnership School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

This unit explores how music, math, and English language arts can be combined to engage students in deeper fluencies with each subject Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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A World Class Guest Conductor for our Band

Garson Garson
Cabrillo High School & Vandenberg Middle School
Lompoc Unified School District

Music making at its heart is a collaborative effort. This is why the students of Cabrillo High School would like to bring in a conductor from a university to work with the school band in order to share their artistry and musicality. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Children’s Theater Workshop

Jennifer Peterson
Cabrillo High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Jennifer’s Musical Theater class is going to be placed in small groups and be given the task to take a children’s book (Where the Wild Things Are, The Day the Crayons Gave Up, Etc) and create a script from it. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Creative Expression through Songwriting

Gabrielle Shannon
Delta High School
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

This Creative Writing class focuses on the art of songwriting. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Curriculum Project-West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands

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Exploring the Channel Islands—Anacapa Day Trip

Alice Bingham
Canalino School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Canalino fourth and fifth grade students will study the specific habitat and ecosystems of the Channel Islands, locally situated and visible from the Carpinteria Coastline. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Reflecting on Life on San Miguel Island

Katie Booser
Franklin Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

This project idea focuses on San Miguel Island. Katie believes starting with an island that children don’t know much about will help capture their interest and then they will be able to focus in on the history of all of our islands. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Channel Islands Mosaic

Gerald Dahill
Rincon/Foothill High School
Carpinteria Unified School District

This project will enable the students to plan, design, purchase supplies, create the final project, and work in teams to make a large scale mosaic rendition of all 8 Channel Islands. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Arti-Fact and Fiction

Chris Mullin
Santa Ynez High School
Santa Ynez Valley Union School District

His general idea is that before students view the film, it would serve as a compelling anticipatory set to have the students view one or two artifacts that come from the islands but which, upon viewing, are not necessarily clear as to purpose. For example, an arrowhead or shovel would not be ideal, whereas a device used by Native islanders to carve shells into currency or a perhaps a rusty mechanical implement critical to farm maintenance used by the ranchers would trigger a more exploratory experience. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Everything is Connected—the Channel Islands

Caryn Parker
Canalino School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Students will learn about the existence of the Channel Islands, and its habitats and wildlife in general terms.. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Drought Busters

Isao Sugano
Hope School
HopeSchool District

Students will educate the school and local community on “Drought Busting” strategies that they can act on immediately to reduce our water usage.
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