Thursday, March 14, 2013

USA Treasure Map Alive and Well!

The USA Treasure Map continues to evolve here at the Atlantic Home School Assistance Program.  The map now has a clear overlay with student's initials in the states they have visited. 

Most students have also started their USA Treasure research project.  It is really exciting to see the topics students have chosen.  If you remember, they are each doing research on something they believe is a treasure to our country.  At the end of their research -  when they are experts in their topic - they will create something to put on the map.  Perhaps a model, a small booklet or the link to a movie uploaded to YouTube. 

Here are some of the topics so far:
  • The Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • The Washington Monument
  • Soil
  • Sheep
  • Disney Princesses (and how they were created)
  • The Iowa Capitol building
  • Busch Stadium
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The Panama Canal (although in Central America, the USA built it and it is beneficial to us)
  • Mt. St. Helens
  • Hachi the dog
  • Bethany Hamilton
Students are learning about the importance of citing references and the definition of plagiarism.  They have picked topics that excite them and it's fun to see their innate curiosity.  

Spring Break next week, then hopefully progress and pictures in the weeks following!