Public Transportation Project Timeline

  • Anchoring Event and Brainstorm Essential Questions for research

    Anchoring Event and Brainstorm Essential Questions for research
    Kalamazoo City and County Consolidation We will read the news article and discuss the implications for county residents. Since the changes will only affect a small portion of county residents, the driving quesiton for the project will be "How can the county residents in need gain better access to transportation?" or "Do they need better access?"
  • Group selection and group assignments

    Students will be placed into groups by the teacher. Each group will have a Project Leader. Students will then be assigned jobs by the Project Leader. Examples of jobs include: video director
    presenter
    videographer
    storyboard coordinator
    artifact head
    researchers Students may have multiple roles, and more then one students should be a researcher. ASSIGNMENT: The group will turn in a summary of assigned roles. Each student will turn in a one paragraph reflection of the process.
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    Initial Research

    Students will spend time in the computer lab to begin researching specific questions about transportation within the county. This will last from March 3-March 7 (5 days)
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    Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity

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    Assignments, Reflections, Assessments, Evaluations

  • LESSON PLAN #1: Conducting Research

    LESSON PLAN #1: Conducting Research
    VIEW RESEARCH LESSON PLAN HERE Students will spend time in the computer lab to begin researching specific questions about transportation within the county. This will last from March 3-March 7 (5 days)
  • First Check-In/Assessment

    First Check-In/Assessment
    After 5 days of research, students will take a quiz regarding some of the information they were required to find. At this stage of the project it is important that students have a good basis of knowledge to move toward team projects and decision making. Some items on the quiz will include governing bodies, available transportation, estimated costs, population data. They will be able to use their research notes.
  • Community Questionnaire

    Community Questionnaire
    Students will begin a draft of questions for both community organzations, citizens, and government officials.
  • LESSON PLAN #2: Conducting an Interview

    LESSON PLAN #2: Conducting an Interview
    VIEW INTERVIEW LESSON HERE Teacher will give a direct lesson to students regarding best practicces and how to conduct interviews. Students will begin the interview process for the project.
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    Community Contact/Set up interviews

    Students will spend the week researching interested community members from a list of various organizations. They will also get the contact information from county municipalities, both with public transit and without. They will be required to contact a minimum of 10 people per group to set up interviews for the following week. This will be to gather information about leadership and their ideas and opinions about public transit.
  • Practice Interviews

    Students will practice interviewing the teacher and one another using stock questions provided by the teacher. They will also practice recording answers.
  • Final Questions Due

    A final draft of the community questions is due today. The questions but be succinct and well written based on the rubric provided.
  • Assessment: Proof of Contact

    Students will be required to show proof of contact (email correspondence, phone numbers) and a list of contacts. They will also be required to provide a schedule of interviews for the following week.
  • LESSON PLAN #3: Gathering and Compiling Data

    LESSON PLAN #3: Gathering and Compiling Data
    VIEW DATA LESSON PLAN HERE
    Students will learn how to compile data for later use. We will use online tools, including Google Docs.
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    Interview Week

    Community interviews conducted all week.
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    Data Analysis

    Students will compile information from their interviews and create visual organizers to use for the remainder of the project.
  • Data Visual Organizers due

    Students will submit visual organizer for review.
  • Research: Types available

    Students will now move toward discovering which types of transportation are available in other counties and states. Students will make comparisons about ridership and modes.
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    Research

    Students will now move toward discovering which types of transportation are available in other counties and states. Students will make comparisons about ridership and modes.
  • Summary Due

    Students will submit a summary of transporation types available. This will be in essay format, and students will use the writing rubric provided.
  • Reflections

    Students will write a reflection of the process so far. What is working, what is not, and where does the project research need to go from here?
  • Minilesson: Government Structure

    Students will learn about local government structure.
  • Schedule presentation times with governing boards

    Time must be schedules to get on the agenda of the governing boards. Although this will not happen until after the project is complete, it will still allow students the opportunity to share their hard work with the community and the governing bodies.
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    Research Government Organzation

    Students will research all entities in the county who affect and control public transporation.
  • Government Graphic Organizer Due

    Students will submit a graphic organizer explaining how local governments work together throughout the county.
  • Begin Compiling Information

    Students will assign jobs to each team member and information will be organized. Students will choose which presentation method will be used.
  • Pre-Writing Due

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    Prepare Final Paper

    Students will folllow the writing process to prepare a final paper regarding their research and decision.
  • First draft due

  • Final Draft Due

  • Community Forum

    Parents, other classrooms, county commissioners and the publc are invited to watch the presentations from each group.
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    Prepare Presentation

    Students will spend the week preparing the presentation. Filming video, creating visual representations, using online tools to create guides, etc. These presentations will be presented to the school on April 21st. County commissioners and other elected officials will be invited to attend the presentations.
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    Peer Evaluations

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    Self Evaluations

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    Project Evaluation

  • Process Reflection Due

    Students will write a reflection about the entire project process. The reflection is due at the end of the hour.