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2.7 Application of Knowledge in Relevant, Real-world Scenarios

Having students conduct research in their school community about the importance of rules and laws helps students apply their knowledge in relevant, real-world scenarios while addressing the CCSS at the same time. For example, students can create a set of rules for their classroom or school, interview school leaders about their importance, or prepare and make a presentation about the rules in their school for community members. These activities should be designed to align to the 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation) mentioned in Unit 1.

Time to Read

Read about the 4Cs Learning and Innovation Skills as outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills before watching the student videos that follow.

Time to View

Watch the following videos to see how Mrs. Kaiser led her students to apply their understanding of rules and laws to relevant, real-world scenarios. Notice how these activities promote the 4Cs and the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.

1. Examine Signs at School

Watch how the teacher leads the students on a trip around the school to take pictures of signs around the school using current technology. Students will then use the images in a presentation about school rules and laws. This helps students address:

CA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL1.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

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2. Create School Rules

Watch how the students participate in a classroom discussion about creating new school rules.

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Time to Reflect

After watching the videos, consider how these activities address the 4Cs by answering the following journal question.