Curriculum Project Grant Winners

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2016-17

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Betta Fish Alive! Healthy Ecosystems or Bust

Laura Branch
Ernest Righetti High School
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Using two-liter bottles, students can create their own EcoColumn to observe interrelationships of different biomes within an ecosystem and keep their Betta Fish alive. Students can observe the biogeochemical cycles of the environment while testing the water quality of the system. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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2015-16

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Betta Fish Alive! Healthy Ecosystems or Bust

Laura Branch
Ernest Righetti High School
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Using two-liter bottles, students can create their own EcoColumn to observe interrelationships of different biomes within an ecosystem and keep their Betta Fish alive. Students can observe the biogeochemical cycles of the environment while testing the water quality of the system. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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The Benefit of Banned Books

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

The Santa Maria Joint Union District has never challenged or banned a book, but students in the district read many books that have been banned elsewhere. This project aims to teach students about the reasons books are challenged and banned, help them evaluate those reasons using critical thinking instead of personal preference, and write and speak in an effective and mature way to support those books should they ever be challenged in their school.
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Digital Demonstrative Speech

Stephanie Gogonis
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District

This project combines communication, collaboration, creativity, and technology skills. Using digital media, students will create, record, and share their demonstrative speech to a worldwide audience. In the end, students demonstrate proficiency in utilizing technology and communicating with others.. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Fruits of Employment Intership

Glenn Goldin, Kristie Van Horn
Santa Maria Hgih School
Santa Maria High School Transition Vocational Program

Mild /Mod Special Education Transition students will partner Fruits of Employment and a local vineyard/orchard to learn all aspects of grape, avocado, citrus production leading to an in-depth understanding of the Agricultural industry and the various associated career opportunities here in Santa Barbara County as well as the rest of the world. For lesson plans associated with this unit, click here.

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Computer Science First

Ashley Jimenez
Solvang School
Buellton Union School District

Students will create with technology through computer-based science clubs. They will join a club based on real-world themes and use enrichment materials that increase thier access and exposure to computer science education. Click here for materials associated with this project.

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Underwater Robotics

Larry Madrigal
Olive Grove Charter School
Olive Grove Charter School District

The Olive Grove Underwater Robotics Team is a new program established during the 2015 -2016-school year. The goal of this Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program is to allow students to showcase their talents by building an underwater robot that will compete in the regional Monterey Bay annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) underwater robot competition.
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Student Vocational Training Project

Denny McKee, Jesse Grimm
Pioneer Valley High School
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

The underlying goal of this project is to provide transferable job skills for students. The plan is to develop these job skills through hands on work growing plants and constructing the necessary infrastructure such as wood framed raised planters, cold frame and shade hoop houses and planting tables. Click here for lesson materials.

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Health and Wellness Careers Academy Medical Science Fair

Jennifer Prye
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Modeled after the STEM project based learning project, The HAWC Academy Medical Science Fair is an independent, long term, medical science research project. The project itself is in-depth and experimental in nature and should follow the scientific method, to identify and suggest a medical intervention with professional merit as its foundation. Click here for the lesson materials.

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Science Lab Activities

Philip Salucci
Crestview School
Lompoc Unified School District

This project is designed as an extension of learning relating to energy types, transfers and systems. It builds on prior knowledge of potential and kinetic energy, and allows students to design their own energy transfer systems. Click here for lesson plans for this unit.

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Delta’s Freedom Writers: The Ultimate Lesson of Tolerance

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

Given the demographic of Delta High School’s students and the recent increase in violence in their home of Santa Maria, I want to teach my students a lesson that could prevent further violence and pain: how to develop tolerance and respect. Click here for project resources.

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Human Impacts

Megan Poster
Lompoc Valley Middle School
Lompoc Unified School District

An inquiry-based whole class project focusing on applying scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing human impacts on the environment. Students will first determine problem areas and then work together on a project to minimize their target problem. Click here for project materials.

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Sea Turtles: Our Endangered Gentle Giants of the Sea

Katie Booser
Franklin Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

This project idea is to get children excited about research and writing about something that matters in our world, in this case, it is the endangered animal, the sea turtle. By having students use multi-media sources, from videos, to current event articles, they will be able to become aware of what is happening around the world, while also being guided on how to cite evidence correctly in their informational writing. Click here to view the lesson plans for this project.

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Towers and Bridges

Kelly Christiansen
El Camino School
Goleta Union School District

Students will analyze two class challenges that involve creating two very different structures. They will construct their own self-made designs that incorporate engineering and design concepts and have the opportunity to test their structures.
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Welcome to Math in 3D (No Special Glasses Required)

Kristina De Heras
El Camino School
Goleta Union School District

Students integrate multiple content areas by learning to use computer aided design software to create and print 3-D objects. Using engineering design processes to organize their projects, students will independently and cooperatively learn about modern and ancient engineering. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Earth’s Seasons

Marilyn Garza, Cailean Kilroy, Nicole Knecht
Santa Barbara Junior High School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Using a constructivist approach, students will explore the relationship between the Earth and the Sun in order to explain Seasons. This hands-on unit engages students through drawings, creating and justifying models and experimentation.. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Executive Functions Across Curriculum

Juliana Massie
Adams Elementary
Santa Barbara Unified School District

The sixth grade and special education teachers have teamed up to provide Executive Functions instruction to 6th graders using a co-teaching model. Using a strategic planning and scheduling system, every Friday, special education teachers push in to 6th grade classrooms to deliver instruction to better prepare our 6th graders for junior high and high school. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

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Second Grade Genius Hour

Nicole Hersh
Peabody Charter School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

All students learn how to research online, formulate questions to interview an expert, write letters to experts, and read informational texts. The students partner up to choose topics of their interest, and work together to complete the research.
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Debra Leiter Weldy
Carpinteria Middle School
Carpinteria Unified School District

We all have a favorite animal that we look forward to seeing when we go to a zoo or wild animal park. For this project, students will choose that special animal to research and find information about its structural characteristics, behaviors, habitat, and survival as well as build a three dimensional model to scale.
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Puppet Maker-Play Project

Chloe Milligan, Elizabeth Trainor
Adams Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

In order to promote literacy and oral language skills, all Kindergarten and 1st grade students will work in collaborative groups to retell a story via a puppet show they have designed and made themselves.

Using first grade literature, students will retell a story by writing the parts of a story, making their own puppets, and then presenting a puppet show to the class. We will use a green screen to depict the setting of the story.

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Creating Innovation: Setting up a Classroom Makerspace

Tracy Schifferns
McKinley Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Create an area that provides hands-on, creative ways for students to design, experiment, and invent as they engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. Makerspaces are places with tools and materials where students can collaboratively and creatively extend their learning by doing or making.
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Monroe Reads and Rides!

Kathy Serrano
Monroe Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Providing the opportunity for students to ride desk cycles while reading will be an easy and fun way for encouraging reading and healthy body habits! In addition, to the physical activity component of having desk cycles, students will also engage in a series of STEM related activities and scientific data analysis.
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Curriculum Project – Performing Arts

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Cesar Chavez: His Life and Legacy

Sarah Barthel
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Lompoc High School drama students will research the life and works of Cesar Chavez to craft a script for production while dual-immersion students at Hapgood Elementary School learn about his life in their classes. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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Friendly Neighborhood Helpers

Donna Beal
Joe Nightingale School
Orcutt Union School District

Students will be learning about various community members through songs as they prepare for our musical play titled Friendly Neighborhood Helpers. This performance allows each child to participate in songs that help them learn about firefighters, mail carriers, grocers, dentists and many more community workers. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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Collaborative and Reflective Choreographic Expression

Bree Jansen
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Through self-reflection and critique as well as collaborative conversation and use of technological tools, students develop and refine a professional-quality choreographic piece which displays deep understanding of the artistic perception and creative expression necessary to advance in the field of dance beyond high school. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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Jump into Literacy! Using Jump Rope Rhymes to Promote Healthy Choices and Literary Word Play

Devon Nelson
Harding University Partnership School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Students learn and create jump rope rhymes, songs, and games while connecting concepts from music, physical education, and reading. Students are encouraged to play with words, develop body rhythmic awareness, and explore the history of children’s jump rope culture in America. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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Hello My Baby!

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

Students learn and create jump rope rhymes, songs, and games while connecting concepts from music, physical education, and reading. Students are encouraged to play with words, develop body rhythmic awareness, and explore the history of children’s jump rope culture in America. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

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