Prairie restoration project: Alternatives for identifying gifted students
creativity, identification of gifted students, leadership, middle school students, service learning
Middle School Journal
An authentic, challenging curriculum engaged middle school students from an urban district in exploratory work related to restoring a small prairie at the school. Integrated science-literacy-arts activities were coupled with a system of thinking skills that helped students view issues from different perspectives. Impassioned guest speakers and an enthusiastic teacher inspired students to build a relationship with the content, express their ideas creatively, interact with each other on student-designed projects, and to assume a leadership stance. Middle school students of all academic levels would benefit from teachers implementing similar subject-integrated, real-world-connected work in their classrooms.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Salisbury, Katie E.; Rule, Audrey C.; and Vander Zanden, Sarah M., "Prairie restoration project: Alternatives for identifying gifted students" (2016). Faculty Publications. 1103.