Sale Elementary – (Language, Politics, and International Affairs)
Sale Elementary seeks to produce young globally-minded citizens through inquiry-based education that meets state and national standards. Pursuing a range of interdisciplinary topics, students will explore specific contextualized languages, regions, historical events, and global issues; explore STEM topics from international and cross-cultural perspectives; and gain exposure to international music, art, and literature. Through inspired learning, integrated subjects, and rigorous research methods, students will use topics to explore how various subjects are interrelated. Finally, they will apply their cumulative knowledge and skills to engage in their own research projects and peer-reviewed presentations.
Sample Lesson Topics:
- Tracing Human History Through Languages
- Music Instruments Around the World
- The World’s Biggest Forests and You
- The Panda: Its History, Present, and Future
- Volcanoes and Earthquakes and More: Natural Disasters
- Conflict Resolution in Everyday Life
- Peace in a Dozen Languages
- What’s in a Century
- World Numbers
- Research Question Lottery Game
Capstone Project: Students will identify a critical global issue, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, analyze results, generate potential solutions, and design a poster presentation and talk. They will then represent their poster in an exhibit, engage in a peer review process, and compete for scores in categories including methodology, presentation, and relevance. Examples of critical global issues include climate change and community resilience; geographic conflicts and approaches to resolutions; disease and approaches to treatment; and ethical international business models.