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Common Core Projects

Common Core Student Projects

Ancient China

Common Core Helps Make Social Studies More Interesting


Many of Mr. White's 6th grade students expressed they were "actually" enjoying social studies as they recently worked on a project about Ancient China using the new Common Core Standard's teaching methods. Mr. White was pleased to see his students enthusiastically engaged in their readings and discussions as they learned about Ancient China from the establishment of the Shang Dynasty in 1766 BCE through the first emperor of the Han Dynasty in 202 BCE. This project is a great example of how using the standards of common core throughout an assignment can make a topic more interesting.


Part of project's focus was to develop the student's listening and speaking skills as laid out in the common core standards:

  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.


Additionally, students were able to develop their literacy skills with informational texts that incorporated visual information:

  • Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


Día de Muertos

Mrs. Hoshino's 6th grade class created these masks as they researched and learned more about Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Masks like these are a way of honoring those who have passed on. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where the day is a holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2.


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